Job Cuts Hit ‘The Globe’

BOSTON The New York Times Co. said it would shed 190 employees, mostly at its flagship newspaper.

In a statement, the company said the reductions will include “fewer than two dozen” employees in The New York Times newsroom. About two-thirds of the reductions will occur at the Times, with the rest coming from the company’s New England Media Group, which includes the region’s largest daily paper, The Boston Globe.

Newsroom reductions will come from a “voluntary reduction program,” the company said. The cuts should be implemented by the end of August. All told, the reductions amount to less than 2 percent of the company’s total workforce.

“Staff reductions will be carefully managed so that they do not adversely affect journalistic quality, the smooth functioning of the Company’s daily operations and the ability to achieve its long-term strategic goals,” the company’s statement said.

Bill Keller, executive editor, wrote in a memo that the newspaper “concluded we can tolerate a slight contraction in staffing in certain parts of the newsroom, by reorganizing and consolidating duties in a way that will not damage the paper.”

The company said it had not yet calculated how big a charge against earnings it will have to take because of the staff reduction. It said it would likely make the size of that charge public in June.

—Editor & Publisher staff report