Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New York Times Freezes Wages

Non-union employees at both the newspaper and the Web site will receive no raises in 2009.

The New York Times Company told print and Web employees of its flagship New York Times newspaper this afternoon that non-union staff would receive no pay raises next year.
"Advertising revenues at both the paper and the Web site remain weak and the financial outlook for 2009 is daunting," the staff was told in an internal e-mail from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., obtained by
Newspaper companies have seen massive revenue declines this year as a result of a weak ad market and continued erosion of their traditional business by the Internet. In October, advertising revenues from its New York Times Media Group, which includes properties such as the Times and the International Herald Tribune, dropped 15.3% over the same time last year. At the time, the company said advertising revenue for the group was down 10.6% over last year for a total of some $900 million.
As a result, the organization has been aggressively trying to cut costs. Earlier this month, the Times announced it was planning to borrow as much as $225 million against its new Manhattan headquarters because of a cash flow squeeze.
In September, it said it would close its wholesale newspaper and periodical distributor, City & Suburban, which delivered the Times and more than 200 other publications to newsstands and other locations in the New York area. And the Times newspaper has consolidated some print sections, such as mashing its sports section into its business section.
Nevertheless, Sulzberger told employees today that efforts are falling short. "We felt it was essential to take this step to further control our costs during these hard times."


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