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Gannett announces furloughs

Senior management, executives get 25% pay cut

By David Wildstein, March 30 2020 11:57 am

Gannett, which operates ten daily newspapers in New Jersey, will begin furloughs of all employees making more than $38,000-per-year “due to economic effects from COVID-19,” according to a tweet from Mike Pettigano, a video reporter for The (Bergen) Record.

Pettigano said that Gannett announced a 25% pay cut for senior management and executives.

“No new layoffs, but not ruled out,” Pettigano said.

On Friday, Bergen Record executive editor Dan Sforza, whose own salary is likely to be cut, wrote a column extolling the importance of the media during a national health pandemic.  It appeared on page on of the Local News section in Saturday’s print edition.

He used his space to make a pitch for revenues.

“For 125 years, The Record and now NorthJersey.com has stood there for our community, in good times and bad. We continue to do so through this burgeoning crisis,” Sforza wrote. “Please stand with us and support the work we do by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Record and NorthJersey.com at NorthJersey.com/subscribe.”

In addition to the Bergen Record, Gannett operates the Herald News, Daily Record, Courier News, Home News Tribune, Courier-Post, Asbury Park Press, Daily Journal, Burlington County Times and New Jersey Herald newspapers.

Gannett announced layoffs of 91 employees, including 42 newsroom jobs, at newspapers across the U.S. this week, although none came from their ten dailies in New Jersey, according to a spreadsheet maintained online.

That brings the total number of Gannett employees who have lost their jobs since they were acquired by GateHouse Media to 566.

In New Jersey, just one newsroom job has been cut so far – at The (Bergen) Record.  Gannett has also cut one IT and sports planner position at The Record, and three advertising sales jobs at the Asbury Park Press.

Gannett announced on last month that their revenues were down 10% and their print advertising has dropped by more than 18% during the fourth quarter of 2019.

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