- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

DALLAS (AP) - The parent company of The Dallas Morning News said it will begin companywide layoffs Monday.

At the end of January, A.H. Belo Corp. said it would lay off 500 employees across all of its properties and take other actions to save cash and cope with falling advertising revenue. The cuts represent about 14 percent of A.H. Belo’s work force.

A.H. Belo has not said how many jobs will be cut at The Dallas Morning News. The company also owns The Providence Journal and several smaller newspapers and Web sites.

The company said most of the layoffs will take place Monday and Tuesday.

“Our company continues to face unprecedented economic challenges during this prolonged recession, making this staff reduction a very difficult but necessary decision,” said Jim Moroney, publisher and Chief Executive of The Dallas Morning News.

The cuts come after A.H. Belo said last week it will cut some workers’ salaries and suspend pension contributions for the year. Full-time employees making more than $25,000 per year will see salary cuts of between 2.5 percent and 15 percent, depending on their base salary. The changes will go into effect around the beginning of May.

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