This morning, A.H. Belo Corporation announced that layoffs at The Dallas Morning News will begin promptly, with "the majority of the actions [taking place] today and tomorrow." By the time the company's done with its so-called "cost-cutting measures," it will have eliminated 14 percent of its total workforce, as A.H. Belo CEO Robert Decherd said at the end of January. The company has not revealed how many of the 500 being laid off will come from The Dallas Morning News, but here's what News CEO and publisher Jim Moroney has to say today:
"Our company continues to face unprecedented economic challenges during this prolonged recession, making this staff reduction a very difficult but necessary decision. As The Dallas Morning News evolves to meet these challenges, we remain committed to serving our readers and community in important and unique ways."
As the News-er behind DMNCuts notes this morning, "D Day will be hard on us all." But the blog will nonetheless keep track of the grim business at 508 Young Street.
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Update: Notes DMNCuts, "Newsroom is tomorrow."