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Union Tribune Lays Off 192 Workers

— The San Diego Union Tribune announced today it has laid off another 192 people. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Copley Press, which has owned the San Diego Union Tribune since 1928 recently completed the sale of the paper to Beverly Hills - based Platinum Enterprises.

The paper has been shedding employees since 2007 as plummeting ad revenues have eroded its bottom line.

Drew Schlosberg, director of community and public relations for the paper, says the latest layoffs are part of a “restructuring strategy designed to stabilize the cost structure of the business.”

Certainly this was a very difficult decision but it was a decision that had to be made,” Schlosberg says. “We know what our obligations are to this community and to our region and in order for us to move forward we had to make these tough decisions and certainly this market will turn around and we are confident working with Platinum Equity this was the right decision to make as we go forward,” he says.

Schlosberg would not confirm how many of those laid off were from the paper’s news room, nor what kind of benefits were offered. Among those who lost their jobs are long time reporters Greg Gross and north county reporter Lola Sherman, plus former San Diego city hall reporter Jennifer Vigil.

Schlosberg says the company is committed to grow its core product - the web site - and related media products.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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