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Tucson call center laying off almost 800 workers

A Tucson call center is laying off 785 employees here, with Concentrix Corp. poised to shutter the West Side facility formerly owned by Convergys.... Read more»

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New Orleans' Times-Picayune lays off third of staff

The Times-Picayune announced Tuesday that it was letting go one-third of its staff, cutting 201 employees from the company as it restructures to focus on its website.... Read more»

New Orleans Times-Picayune to publish 3 days a week

New Orleans is losing its daily newspaper, one of the oldest in the United States. The paper announced Thursday it will only publish Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.... Read more»

Analysis

The end of newspapers and the decline of democracy

If newspapers were a baseball team, they would be the Mets—without the hope for “next year.”... Read more»8

Daily Star parent files bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, the troubled parent company of the Arizona Daily Star, filed a "prepackaged" Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, asking a court to delay the due date on its $1 billion debt.... Read more»1

Lee Enterprises

Daily Star's corporate parent filing bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, the troubled parent company of the Arizona Daily Star, announced Friday that it will file a "prepackaged" bankruptcy as it struggles to push back paying off its $1 billion debt. The company is declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a minority of lenders refused to extend their loan terms.... Read more»1

Is there any hope for quality in local TV news?

A new documentary, "Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV News," looks at the reporting produced by local stations. It's particularly timely in Tucson, where Channel 11 announced this week that it would lay off its entire news team, and turn its newscast over to Channel 13. (with full film)... Read more»

Trade group: KMSB/KOLD deal 'breathtaking disdain for public'

A national trade group of cable operators is blasting the deal, announced Tuesday, for KOLD to take over news production for KMSB as "breathtaking disdain for the public interest." The American Cable Association said such deals lead to higher cable bills and "diminished" local news.... Read more»2

Fox 11 to lay off news staff, cancel newscast in Feb.

Tucson's Fox affiliate, KMSB Channel 11, told employees Tuesday morning that it will lay off its entire news team and cancel its local news broadcasts in February. Some 40-50 staffers will lose their jobs, including reporters, engineers and other station personnel.... Read more»19

Daily Star parent declares loss, still hasn't headed off bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, the troubled publisher of the Arizona Daily Star and more than 40 other newspapers around the country, declared a 4th-quarter loss, even as the company struggles to refinance its crushing debt. Is a bankruptcy in the cards?... Read more»1

Lee Enterprises

Daily Star parent may have headed off bankruptcy

Lee Enterprises, the troubled parent company of the Arizona Daily Star, refinanced a significant proportion of its crushing debt Thursday. The move, which came after Lee stock hit a 52-week low on Tuesday, may head off a threatened bankruptcy.... Read more»

Tucson's Solon to turn off solar manufacturing, lay off 60

Solar module manufacturer Solon Corp. will lay off 60 local workers as it shuts down its production facility in Tucson, the company said Monday.... Read more»1

Editor talks Sentinel and future of Tucson news

A Q&A with TucsonSentinel.com's editor and publisher was posted Tuesday by Block by Block, a national network of online news pioneers. The interview was prompted by the layoff of 52 employees at the Star; questions centered around our place in the local media landscape.... Read more»4

ICYMI

Sentinel editor talks newspapers on TV

In case you missed it, yours truly pontificated for Fox 11 on the layoffs at the Daily Star last week.... Read more»

Daily Star axes 52 in newsroom, marketing, advertising

Updated with names: In what one now-former employee called "a major bloodletting," the Arizona Daily Star has laid off 52 people, firing nearly its entire marketing department Thursday. As many as 15 newsroom employees and many from other departments were also let go.... Read more»12

Tucson school districts make massive cuts to reduce costs

The three biggest school districts in Pima County announced massive cuts Tuesday night in an effort to reduce budget deficits.... Read more»

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