North County Times Employees Laid Off After U-T Purchase
The purchase of The North County Times by U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester became effective this week. The new owners have given 24 newsroom employees at the North County Times 60 days notice.
The layoffs include six city and community news reporters, an education reporter, three sports writers, a photographer, copy editors and the Editor.
At its height in the 1990s, The North County Times employed about 150 in its newsroom. That number declined over recent years to about 75 before this week’s merger.
Altogether, about 80 people will lose their jobs as U-T San Diego looks for efficiencies. Those who learned they will be let go include the circulation department, several advertising account representatives and senior managers.
The U-T said in a news release it has increased its “headcount by in excess of 100 employees” since the original acquisition of the U-T last year. Many of the extra personnel are in connection with the addition of U-T TV.
U-T CEO John Lynch said research conducted before the sale was finalized shows North County readers value the prep high school sports coverage and city coverage in The North County Times.
The North County paper covers nine cities, from Oceanside - population of 185,00 - to tiny Del Mar - population under 5,000.
Employees said the new owners have not decided yet if the North County coverage will be seven days a week.