June 24, 2008, - 2:50 pm
The Detroit Media Partnership, which oversees business operations for the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, announced a voluntary buyout program Monday in response to declining advertising revenue and a challenging economy.
“The environment in which newspapers operate continues to worsen rapidly,” Free Press Publisher Dave Hunke, also CEO of the partnership, said in a note to employees. “The Detroit Media Partnership faces unique challenges because of the state’s business and economic climate. We must take several actions immediately.”
The company is aiming to reduce the total workforce by about 150 positions.
Also, in early August, the Free Press will cease publication of Twist magazine, distributed on weekends, and the Sunday Community Free Press sections. Key elements of Twist will be incorporated into the Sunday features sections.
Twist was a dumb magazine aimed at women, featuring women’s lib mixed with stupid pics of their parties and get-togethers. Reading it, I thought I was kidnapped and taken at gunpoint to a scrapbooking weekend. Hey Freep, your experiment in feminism died.
Hmmm . . . whatta shocker that the very paper–whose op-ed page editor censored out my comments about terrorism from a recent column and which panders to Islamists en mass–is going kaput fast. People are tired of reading propaganda and PC-censored news.
Pity, The Detroit Newsistan–which is the more Islamist occupied, inaccurate, and stale of the two major Detroit papers–isn’t laying more people off, too. But mark my word, that too shall soon come.