Bloodbath at CQ-Roll Call: 44 Editorial Jobs Cut


First on FishbowlDC: Management is meeting with staffers in waves at CQ-Roll Call. One group at CQ just took a 25 person hit. We hear it’s pretty ugly and as one staffer suggested, “is like a scene from a corporate Schindler’s List.”
A total of forty-four editorial positions are being cut in all. The internal email from Laurie Battaglia obtained by FishbowlDC below:

Dear Colleagues,

It has been nearly two months since our companies have joined forces, and there have been numerous structural changes during that period of time. As trying as this period has been, I continue to be amazed by the dedication you all have shown, not allowing the disruptions of reorganization keep you from your dedication to producing the most outstanding products covering Congress. I thank you for this, and appreciate the patience you have shown during this transition.

Earlier this month we distributed a document mapping our plans for the upcoming month. While this has undoubtedly created some anxious moments, our goal was to be as forthcoming as possible, and we will continue to do that as we march forward.

As September now draws to a close, we have completed our assessments of the editorial operations at CQ-Roll Call Group, and the attached document from Mike Mills lays out the structure of the new editorial team.

While this reorganization has many positive elements, there is also an unfortunate consequence of this assessment, and that is the elimination of 44 editorial positions, spread across all newsrooms. These decisions, along with our earlier commercial changes, have been extremely difficult to make, and are now made only after a nearly two-month painstaking effort to review our editorial teams and determine our needs going forward. But we are happy to now say that our restructure is complete, and no further personnel reductions of this nature are forthcoming.

I know that the past two months have been difficult, especially so for our colleagues at CQ that endured many more months of uncertainty. And while it is not easy to part ways with former colleagues, our future is bright, and I look forward to working with every one of you as we move our fantastic business into the future.

If you have any further questions, my door is always open, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Laurie Battaglia
EVP and Managing Director
CQ-Roll Call Group