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ideastream, Sun Newspapers Are Latest Media Companies to Announce Cuts

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 2:03 PM

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There are more job losses in Northeast Ohio's media industry. The Sun Newspaper chain is slashing the number of reporters and suburban newspapers it produces by about half. And we have cuts here at ideastream as well. Eight percent of the full-time staff have been given lay off notices. ideastream®'s Mhari Saito reports.

Sun Newspaper’s Executive Editor Linda Kinsey is readying front page editorials to run this week in five weekly papers. The last Sun paper for readers in Euclid, Bedford, Maple Heights/Garfield, Twinsburg, and Nordonia Heights will come out next week.

Linda Kinsey: “It just became apparent that we are not able to continue some of the losses that we’ve sustained in those areas.”

Sun Newspapers are owned by the New Jersey-based Advance Publications, which also owns The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Starting August 6th, the Sun is launching 11 consolidated papers - down from 22 - for suburbs in the region. The number of editorial positions have been cut by about one-third.

Here at ideastream, state budget cuts mean that nine people have been laid off effective October 1. The company’s three top managers are taking paycuts. ideastream’s CEO Jerry Wareham said state funding for the company’s educational and media services was cut nearly 60 percent in the recently approved budget. In a press release, the nonprofit said the moves were taken to maintain financial stability, but it did not rule out further cuts.

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