More Layoffs at The Enquirer?

As recently as last week, The Cincinnati Enquirer’s top editor said he wasn’t sure whether to expect more layoffs in the New Year, but executives at the newspaper’s parent company all but confirmed additional pink slips are on the way.—-

This week’s issue of CityBeat features an article about the most recent layoffs at The Enquirer, and includes comments from Editor Tom Callinan.

One of Callinan’s remarks that didn’t make it into the article addressed persistent rumors that The Gannett Co. would make another round of job cuts in February. Asked about the rumors, Callinan replied, “I have heard that rumor but I have no inside take on that.”

Speaking at a Wall Street media conference today, however, Gannett CEO Craig Dubow said the company is prepared to trim its workforce even more in 2009.

In a statement released today by Gannett’s Investor Relations Department after the conference, it listed the following under operating assumptions for 2009: “Total headcount will be down in the low teens; All other costs will decrease in the mid-single digits.”

That apparently means additional layoffs in the 13 to 14 percent range. This month’s layoff goal was to reduce staff at Gannett’s newspapers by 10 percent, although exact numbers for The Enquirer haven’t been disclosed.

Based in Virginia, Gannett is the largest newspaper publisher in the nation. It owns 85 U.S. daily newspapers including The Enquirer and USA Today, along with about 1,000 non-daily publications (including the Community Press and Recorder weeklies in Greater Cincinnati) and 23 TV stations.

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