The Canadian Press is cutting six editorial positions, in a move the company said is prompted by a decline in its subscription revenue. Most of the journalists affected work in the news agency’s Atlantic bureau in Halifax.
Four people in that bureau were handed layoff notices Friday that will take effect at the end of March.
However, the news agency is also launching a voluntary departure program which means some other employees in the bureau may opt to leave the company, thereby saving the jobs of some of those who received the notices.
“Unfortunately, recent reductions in our subscription revenue, particularly in Atlantic Canada, mean the company must take immediate steps to adjust its operations and cost structure,” Kirk said.
Workforce 15% smaller
In a reply to Kirk’s statement, the Canadian Media Guild, the union which represents journalists at Canadian Press, said this is the fourth significant round of layoffs since last spring. The guild also represents CBC News employees.
The union said the workforce will be 15 per cent smaller than it was a year ago after these latest cuts take effect.
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