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November 30, 2008

Journalists in Ukraine launch hungerstrike over attempt by politician to take control of TV station

The staff of Channel 34 in the Ukranian city of Dniepropetrovsk have launched a hungerstrike protesting the liquidation of the company and the firing of its management. The employees of the Dniepropetrovsk Tele-visual Service (also known as Channel 34) announced the hungerstrike on air November 24, according to weekly PIK Ukrainy . From one day to the next, there has been expectation of an armed takeover of the station's premises ("an attack of raiders" as they say locally), said Rouslan... MORE
November 25, 2008

First congress of Federation of African Journalists is historic milestone, says IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has welcomed the conclusion of the first working congress of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), held in Nairobi, Kenya last week end as a historic milestone in strengthening African Journalists. "IFJ affiliates in Africa have finally realised a long-held ambition to set up their own federation. This will have a tremendous impact on journalists and media in Africa. It showed that our trade unions are now geared up to confront important... MORE
November 25, 2008

EFJ calls on Italian parliament to condemn layoffs at Italian TV La7

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has expressed its solidarity with staff and unions of Italian TV Channel La7 who are facing an unprecedented wave of lay-offs. EFJ, the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), called on Italian lawmakers to condemn the cutbacks which will affect more than a quarter of the workforce. "We urge the Italian Parliament, which on Wednesday will discuss Italian labour law and the precarious state of journalistic work, to focus... MORE
November 19, 2008

Independent News and Media looks to make 90 job cuts

Dublin-based Independent News & Media (INM) will cut jobs at its London-based Independent newspaper and Sunday sister title in a bid to slash costs as a global downturn hits advertising revenue, Reuters reported on Tuesday. "It is anticipated that the final number of redundancies will number around 90, of which a sizeable number will be voluntary, and the total savings will be in excess of 10 million pounds ($15 million)," the group said in a statement, adding that the moves would come into... MORE
November 17, 2008

CanWest cuts 560 jobs, five per cent of workforce, in financial streamlining

Cost pressures and plunging share prices have forced Canadian publisher and broadcaster CanWest Global Communications Corp. to slash 560 jobs—about five per cent of its workforce—as the company faces a rougher economy and more competition, Canadian Press has reported. The company, which employs about 10,500 people in Canada, said the cuts would save $61 million a year. Some details: [ Link ] "We are implementing a number of initiatives that will provide savings that will allow us to better... MORE
November 8, 2008

American newspaper major EW Scripps to slash 400 jobs as ad revenue takes a dip

Media giant EW Scripps Co is laying off around 400 employees at its newspapers. The company has not yet elaborated on where jobs would be cut, but the Knoxville News Sentinel has announced that about 50 jobs, including 13 in the newsroom, would be cut at properties of the KNS Media Group subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Scripps. The move affects about 10 per cent of the KNS work force, according to the Associated Press (AP). [ Link ] "Behind all the accounting noise related to the separation is a... MORE
November 4, 2008

Seattle Times plans to cut 130 to 150 more jobs

The Seattle Times on Monday announced plans to cut its staff by 10 per cent through a combination of layoffs and buyouts, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. The cuts of 130 to 150 jobs are the third staff reduction announced by the 112-year-old, family owned newspaper this year. The company hinted in an email to staff Monday morning that there could be further cuts as the 2009 budgeting process continues. [ Link ] The newspaper told its employees that the tough economy and dropping... MORE
October 29, 2008

Gannett to lay off 3000, LAT sacks 10% of news staff, 100-yr-old newspaper goes off print

Gannett Company, the largest newspaper chain in the US, is slashing about 3,000 jobs and the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor is ending its print edition, the latest cost-cutting moves in a beleaguered US newspaper industry. Last week, the Los Angeles Times announced its decision to lay off 10 per cent of its news staff, while the Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey said about 40 per cent of its newsroom staff will depart in a buyout wave. The Gannett layoffs will not apply to the company... MORE
October 3, 2008

Wageboard: government approves 30 pc interim relief to newspaper employees

The Union government has approved 30 per cent interim relief to journalists and non-journalists employees of the newspaper industry. The decision was taken Friday at a Cabinet meeting presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "Cabinet has approved 30 per cent interim relief to the journalists and non-journalists employees of newspaper industry under the Wage Boards," Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunshi told reporters here, according to Press Trust of India (... MORE
September 12, 2008

Firms in graphic design sector stand to gain $35 mn: Study

Job cuts, prompted by dwindling margins being experienced by newspaper industry in the US and UK, could prove to be a boon for the Indian graphic designer firms set to grab a sizeable chunk of the increased offshoring, a research study says, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). A substantial drop in the advertisement revenue of newspapers in the US and UK due to tremendous increase in on-line ads following growth and reach of Internet has resulted in a significant job cut in the... MORE