More newspaper layoffs revealed in Mid-Michigan, state - WNEM TV 5

More newspaper layoffs revealed in Mid-Michigan, state

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The newspaper industry takes another hit this morning. WNEM TV-5  has learned more than 500 employees at newspapers around the state and right here in Mid-Michigan have received layoff notices.

Earlier this week  the state of Michigan revealed 91 layoffs were taking place at the Flint Journal.  Today there's word of 71 layoffs at the Bay City Times, about a dozen at the Saginaw News and 20 at Valley Publishing in Bay County.  All  those entities are owned by Booth Newspapers.

Booth has also laid off 146 workers at the Grand Rapids Press, 77 employees at the Kalamazoo Gazette and 71 at the  Jackson Citizen Patriot.

According to the state web page listing the layoffs, all the newspapers are classified as "closing."

The layoffs go into effect Jan. 2, 2012. 

The layoffs are part of a restructuring that Booth Newspapers is going through.  According to a letter send to the state, Booth is  launching two new companies, MLive Media Group, which it says will encompass all content, sales and marketing operations for all its digital and print properties in Michigan. Another new company called Advance Central Services will be a shared services company, the engine providing all production, distribution, purchasing, accounting, human resources and other critical support functions for the MLive Media Group.

Sources say employees who have been laid off will be able to  re-apply for positions at the two new companies.

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