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Hey, it's not just "real" newspapers!

Recession rocks Hollywood's showbiz papers

"For more than 75 years, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have battled to be the movie industry's top newspaper, but recent layoffs due to the recession and competition from internet blogs has Hollywood wondering if it will soon become a one paper town."



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Jan. 30th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hey Piney! The hits just keep on coming, don't they?

They announced yesterday at our place that everybody has to take a five-day furlough. Hourly employees can spread them out over the next three months, but we salaried types have to take a whole week off.

I'm clinging to the up side: It's an alternative to more layoffs; they can't, legally, bother me at all about work that week; I'll get to collect unemployment. (You bet I'm going to; I pay taxes to fund unemployment insurance, right?)
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ouch, Tom!

Well, at least you'll collect unemployment, and the silver lining is that you'll have a week off. :-) How soon do you have to take it? (I.e., can it wait for slightly warmer weather--good home-maintenance type weather? Sorry...I think week off, I think honey-do list. ;-) )
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks Flipcy. :-) I suddenly have a vision of the Monty Python's Life of Brian and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" *whistles along*
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, Tom, that SUUUUCKS! But at least no one else is being laid off. Good for you for filing for unemployment that week! When does your furlough start?

I just found out our corporate office may have a potential buyer for my paper (I'm hearing murmurings that it's the same equity firm that ran the Minneapolis Star-Tribune into the ground...I've been unable to verify that rumor, however).
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Piney. It hasn't been decided. We're so short-handed right now; my boss won't ask me to do it until our vacancies sort out.

I just found out our corporate office may have a potential buyer for my paper
Ooh, good luck. Lee hasn't been the same since it bought Pulitzer and took on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its massive debt load.

Sarcastic thanks, Powers That Be; my friends are out of work because of your stupid decision.
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