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Patriot-News begins staff-reduction process

By , - Last modified: October 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The Patriot-News today began the process of culling its staff in preparation for its move to a three-day-a-week print schedule.

Company leaders were meeting with employees regarding their job status, the Harrisburg newspaper said this morning. The meetings should be completed by day's end.

"More than 70 percent" of the staff will be offered jobs, the newspaper said. The Patriot-News has 230 employees, according to the Associated Press, which suggests that layoffs will total between 60 and 70. The reorganized company will hire for 51 positions, the article said.

The editorial staff will remain at full strength, and the number of ad salespeople will increase, the Patriot-News said.

A call this morning to Patriot-News publisher John Kirkpatrick was not immediately returned.

The Patriot-News announced in August that it and PennLive.com would reorganize to form two companies, PA Media Group and Advance Central Services PA. Beginning in January, PA Media Group will publish Patriot-News print editions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and will focus on expanding its online news presence.

Advance Central Services will "provide key support functions" to its sister company, the Patriot-News said.

The Patriot-News and PennLive.com are owned by New York-based Advance Publications Inc., which has made headlines with print-edition cutbacks in other cities.

On Sunday, Advance-owned Times-Picayune of New Orleans published its final daily edition before shifting, like the Patriot-News, to three days a week. The move makes New Orleans the largest city in America to lack a daily newspaper.

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