Major changes at the Deseret News announced

by | Aug. 31, 2010

News from Utah

The Deseret News announced today work force reductions and unveiled a plan to refocus the quality and reach of its product.

"Changes in the industry have forced some newspapers to fade or even close," said Clark Gilbert, Deseret News CEO and president. "At the Deseret News, we choose to lead and innovate."

Part of that leadership, he added, is the willingness to make hard choices.

"Today we have announced the reduction in our print work force by 57 full-time and 28 part-time employees, which reflects just over 43 percent of our work force," Gilbert said.

Gilbert called the decision to reduce staff "enormously difficult."

"We honor all the outstanding contributions that have added to the great heritage of the Deseret News," he said. "This makes these decisions even more difficult."

At the same time, he said, the Deseret News is now positioned to print a daily newspaper into the foreseeable future and expand its reach and influence throughout the world.

These changes, Gilbert added, make one thing certain: "The Deseret News will run as a daily newspaper for the foreseeable future."

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