Newspaper woes cost N.J. jobs

July 9, 2009 5:07:31 PM PDT
Gannett Co. says it is eliminating 106 full-time and 19 part-time positions at its six New Jersey newspapers due to the economic recession.

The company said it began notifying the affected employees late Wednesday and notifications continued Thursday.

Thomas M. Donovan, publisher of the Asbury Park Press and vice president of Gannett's East Newspaper Group, said Thursday the company had hoped to avoid further layoffs. But he said advertising revenues have not rebounded sufficiently and forecasts for the second half of the year are not promising.

Gannett eliminated more than 200 positions at its New Jersey newspapers in December.

McLean, Va.-based Gannett publishes 84 daily newspapers, including USA Today.

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