Politically correct news still doesn’t pay.
Southern California News Group, which includes newspapers such as the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News, will be hit with “significant” layoffs in the coming months, the group’s management announced Friday in newsroom meetings that took place across five publications.
Up north, the Bay Area News Group, which is owned by the same parent company, Digital First Media, and includes publications such as the Mercury News and East Bay Times, also informed staff on Friday that buyouts and “involuntary terminations” were on the way.
A spokesman for SCNG confirmed the layoffs in a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times on Monday. Bay Area News Group executive editor Neil Chase confirmed that the group is making cuts as revenue continues to decline.
Uninteresting content has resulted in devastating drops in advertising revenue and circulation. Instead of addressing the problem, U.S. newspapers have cut editorial positions, consolidate publications and close bureaus. Some have gone from offering daily print editions to publishing only a few times a week.