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.

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