Ken Leighton 2 p.m., March 12
More layoffs at Union-Tribune
News people get the axe in North County restructuring
The Union-Tribune laid off 4 or 5 news people in a restructuring in North County today (May 28), according to good sources. I don't have more details at this time but will add them as I get more. As previously reported, the U-T's circulation numbers were not good in the most recent reporting period. Despite having purchased the North County Times, the paper reported small gains in some categories and actual declines in others. The most recent period was being compared with the period without the addition of the NC Times. Given the weak performance, layoffs did not come as a surprise, and there is unrest about the possibility of more.