Financially-troubled Gannett will outsource 485 jobs to India in 2021 as part of a “massive company-wide transformation,” according to a Poynter report.
All of the outsources positions will involve the “business process” side of the media giant, which owns ten daily newspapers in New Jersey.
Layoff notices will be sent out on January 15 and outsourcing will begin in April, after employees have trained their replacements.
“We must remain nimble and focused on the needs of the business, while keeping our operating costs low, our control environment tight and our processes as efficient as possible,” Gannett said in a statement reported by Poynter.
Dan Sforza, the executive editor at The (Bergen) Record, did not immediately respond to an 8:56 AM message asking how many New Jersey jobs will be effected.
According to the Poynter report, Gannett would not preclude the possibility of more outsourcing in the future.
Gannett employees accepted 500 early retirement packages this year, about half involving reporters,. None of the New Jersey-operated newspapers have reported on that or announced who has accepted the package.
Among the Gannett employees nationally who took the buyout was Rick Green, who served as the Bergen Record editor for a brief time.
In addition to The Record, Gannett also owns the Asbury Park Press, Herald News, Daily Record, New Jersey Herald, Courier News, Home News Tribune, Courier-Post, Daily Journal, and Burlington County Times newspapers.
The newspapers have laid off their editorial page editors, bringing an end to newspaper-driven local news editorials.