USA Today Said to Fire as Many as 70 Employees Today

USA Today, which is being spun off from Gannett Co. (GCI) with the rest of the company’s publishing business, fired as many as 70 employees today across all departments, according to a person familiar with the newspaper’s plans.

About half of the jobs were in the newsroom and accounted for about 10 percent of newsroom staff, said the person who asked not to be named because the decisions were private.

“USA Today is working to align its staffing levels to meet current market conditions,” Gannett said in an e-mailed statement. “The actions taken today will allow USA Today to reinvest in the business to ensure the continued success of its digital transformation.”

Gannett said a month ago that it’s separating its publishing business, leaving behind a company focused exclusively on broadcasting and digital assets, including Cars.com and CareerBuilder. After being one of the last holdouts in an industry forsaking the traditional newspaper-TV marriage, Gannett is joining a long line of media companies from Time Warner Inc. to News Corp. that have split.

The firings were reported earlier by Poynter and the Wall Street Journal.

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