It may be a new year, but things haven’t changed much at the struggling Kansas City Star.
Coming off a poorly handled layoff to close out 2012, the Star is now starting off 2013 with an announcement of one-week employee furloughs.
In an employee memo (below) obtained exclusively by Bottom Line Communications, Star President and Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish noted that revenue projections “continue to track below prior year.”
Because of this situation she has ordered another round of furloughs at the McClatchy-owned newspaper, which has gone through this drill now for years.
All senior team members and most full-time employees are required to take a one-week furlough by June 30.
The constant layoffs and furloughs make it seem as if the newspaper’s earlier promise of hiring a second sports columnist is all but a pipedream now.
Mi-Ai Parrish Memo 1-22-13 (click this link and the next link to see memo)