Dylan Smith, writing at the Tucson.Sentinel.com, is reporting that possibly as many as forty Star employees have been riffed, including as many as 15 from the newsroom…photographers, reporters and editors. Marketing and advertising staffers were also let go.
At this point it’s hard to get really solid numbers because folks aren’t answering the phones over there. Anyone here at The Citizen with a personal friend at the Star who could get more accurate figures?
Lee Enterprises, the Star’s publisher, is in serious financial difficulties and has been threatened by the New York Stock Exchange with the de-listing of its stock.
A quick quote from Smith’s report:
Profits from the South Park operation are shared between Lee and the former publisher of the Citizen, Gannett Inc.
Read Dylan Smith’s coverage here.