Terry Egger, President and Publisher of The Plain Dealer has released a statement that confirms layoffs have started at the paper. Egger says in his statement another round of layoffs will come later this summer.
Yesterday, the Facebook page, Save the Plain Dealer, posted that an "unspecified number of workers" in advertising, marketing, information technology and finance would be laid off beginning Wednesday night. A source inside the paper confirmed the posting to WKYC. The posting says that similar layoffs in the newsroom will happen "at a later date."
Employees were reportedly told to go home and wait for a phone call telling them if their jobs have been eliminated.
Here is the full statement from Egger:
"In September of 2012 we announced that we would begin the process of designing the best business model that would safeguard the future of this enterprise, ensure our leadership in the market, uphold our journalistic standards and continue our mission to serve the Northeast Ohio community for years to come.
These changes require a redesign of all of our operations and will result in the realignment of our workforce. These are difficult decisions, but are necessary. As a result, we have laid off some employees in certain departments and we will go through a similar process later this summer.
Again, our goal in making these changes remains the same: to ensure that we are positioned to be a viable business and remain Northeast Ohio's number one source for news and information in the ever-changing media environment.
We also look forward to sharing some exciting news about our products and our future in the coming weeks as we finalize our plans."
Last year the parent company of the paper announced plans to layoff 58 employees in the newsroom in 2013. The figure will increase company-wide.
The company has also announced a reduction in home delivery to three days a week beginning later this year as part of cost cutting moves. The paper itself will still publish seven days a week and will be available at retail locations.