Tampa Tribune, community papers lay off 165

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Tribune is laying off 165 more employees as its parent company tries to further cut costs.

The newspaper reported on its website Monday that the reductions at the Tribune and its community and weekly newspapers will total 16 percent of the total workforce.

The layoffs also affect the digital product, TBO.com, but not News Channel 8, which is also owned by Virginia-based Media General and housed in the same building.

Media General vice president John Schauss said the paper will continue to publish a daily print edition.

Some affected employees said they were notified early Monday by telephone.

The layoffs come as the Tribune’s competitor, the St. Petersburg Times, prepares to change its name to the Tampa Bay Times to reflect its reach across the bay.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • Joel

    Hey, Alan, rlaely love this. As another athletically challenged person (you and I usually brought up the rear when running laps in gym class at Lincoln), I look forward to reading more of your blogs; and hey, it wasn’t easy being a White Sox fan growing up in Skokie. I guess I was a fan of both the Cubs and the Sox because Ch.9 carried daytime home games of both teams, with the same broadcast crew. The Sox won more, but the Cubs were more interesting to watch; which would you rather watch, a 1-0 White Sox win where the winning run is scored in the first inning on a walk, a stolen base, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly, or a 12-11 loss where the Cubs spotted the Braves a 6-run lead in the top of the first inning and scored 7 in the bottom of the first?

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