Guardian US is hit with a round of cuts–again, as the U.K.-based publication looks to cut operating costs in order to reach a goal of breaking even by 2018/2019. On the United States side, that cost reduction, 20 percent, will bring with it a staff reduction first reported on by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg.
The number of cuts, which will include buyouts, were not specified, amounting to a vague “some job losses” in an email to staff by Guardian Media Group CEO David Pemsel and Guardian editor in chief Kath Viner.
Perlberg notes that the cuts come just two days after a plan to move Guardian US staff to a building was dropped after pressure from staff who resisted a move to a building owned by Kushner Companies, of which Trump son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner had been CEO before stepping down earlier this year. Guardian staff cited potential issues relating to source relationships were staff to work in a building connected to Kushner.
Perlberg and CNN both report that the decision to bow out of the move cost the Guardian $250,000, a figure that the Guardian disputes. “The strategic review is unconnected to the office move. The move has no impact on staff costs. The $250,000 number is wrong,” a Guardian spokesperson told Perlberg.
Guardian US staff had faced a round of cuts about half a year prior, when the organization announced plans for a 30 percent reduction in staff.