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NPT Media: Furloughs at ABC-7

First it was the El Paso Times. (Actually, first it was us with a lovely vacation during the December holiday). Now it’s ABC-7, which reported on its own newscast that it is making employees take an unpaid week off (except for sales reps). Yikes!

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February 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

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  1. Posted on Tue, Feb. 17, 2009
    NPG Co. directs newspaper division employees to take week off without pay
    The Kansas City Star
    Citing the recession, St. Joseph-based NPG Co. has directed employees in its newspaper division, including those working for Sun Publications, to take a week off without pay.

    The St. Joseph News-Press, the company’s flagship newspaper, reported Tuesday that NPG also said employees’ wages would be frozen at current levels until the economy improves.

    The newspaper said that all 390 employees in NPG’s newspaper division have been told to take one-week furloughs by mid-July. It said that the newspaper division had 60 fewer employees this year than last year, with many open positions left unfilled.

    In addition to the News-Press, NPG owns weeklies in Gladstone, Kearney, Liberty, Smithville, St. Joseph and Warrensburg, Mo.; and in Atchison, Hiawatha, Louisburg, Osawatomie, Overland Park and Paola, Kan.

    It also owns weeklies published under the Sun Publications masthead, as well as TheKansas City Jewish Chronicle, Wednesday Magazine, Kansas City Nursing News and St. Louis Nursing News.

    NPG may be able to weather the economic storm without resorting to layoffs because it also owns highly profitable cable television and other businesses.

    Lee Sawyer, general manager of NPG Newspapers, NPG’s newspaper division, said Tuesday that the company had “looked at what other companies are doing around the country and the region, and we thought this was a pretty good way to handle it.”

    “Kind of like everyone else, we’re keeping a close eye on the economy and we felt like this was a good way to reduce some costs for now,” Sawyer said.

    Newspapers nationwide have been laying off employees as a sour economy and Internet competition have been taking their respective tolls. The Kansas City Star recently announced that it would lay off an unspecified number of employees after three previous rounds of cutbacks since last June.


    February 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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