Layoffs At TBD; Site To Become ‘Niche Arts & Entertainment’ Destination

TBD.com’s sports reporting and much of its news reporting will no longer exist, reports the Washington City Paper.

This just half a year after TBD’s much-heralded launch and just a few weeks after TBD was internally restructured to reside underneath WJLA in parent company Allbritton’s org chart. At that time, no layoffs were predicted, but the new news out of TBD is that at least 12 staffers are losing their jobs.

Jim Brady, who spearheaded the launch of the site but left after three months, told the City Paper that “[i]t was pretty publicly stated when we started that we had a three to five year runway… We’ve gotten some pretty good buzz. [The site] hasn’t been perfect, but there’s nothing that’s happened since we launched that would suggest the massive changes that are being made are really necessary.”

What remains: TBD will become a niche site on arts an entertainment, editor Erik Wemple said.