CHICAGO (AP) — Employees at the Tribune Company were notified Wednesday that hundreds of jobs would be cut at The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and other publications — the first cutbacks since the investor Samuel Zell took the company private last year.
In separate memos, the Tribune publisher Scott C. Smith said 100 jobs would be cut, and his counterpart at The Times, David D. Hiller, said 100 to 150 jobs would be eliminated.
Both newspapers reported a total of 400 to 500 cuts companywide, focusing on corporate staff and the company’s newspapers, including Newsday in New York, The Orlando Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun and The Hartford Courant.
A spokesman for the Tribune Company, Gary Weitman, declined to comment on that figure.
Job cuts in Chicago are expected to come from The Tribune, as well as Hoy in Chicago, RedEye, Chicago Magazine and online products like ChicagoTribune.com, according to a Chicago Tribune media group spokesman, Michael Dizon. The group has about 3,000 employees.
Note to Mr. Zell: Mickey Kaus would be a great editor for the LA Times. If he can accept the pay cut.