After weeks of rumors that layoffs were coming to 1100 Broadway, publisher Ellen Leifeld yesterday led a series of grim newsroom meetings announcing that very development. She announced to employees that the company would be offering "voluntary separation" packages to 15 staffers, and other layoffs may follow. The packages would give employees two weeks of pay for every year of service.
Many more than 15 employees are expected to "apply" for the packages. The layoffs come amid a series of recent cost-cutting measures at the paper, including implementing a hiring freeze, shrinking news hole and removing TV listings from rack-sale papers.
Read more about this in a Desperately Seeking the News column on nashvillescene.com later today.