The Capital: 111

Posted 01.27.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Annapolis, Md.
Owner: Capital Gazette Communications, which is owned by Landmark Media Enterprises LLC
Effective: Jan. 27, 2009

Printing of the Capital and other Capital Gazette publications will be outsourced to Comprint Printing starting March 2. 31 full-time and 51-part-time press and mailroom employees will be laid off. 27 full-time and 2 part-time employees from other departments were laid off.
Source: Baltimore Sun via Paper Cuts tip

Capital Gazette newspapers slash more than 100 jobs

The Associated Press
5:50 PM EST, January 27, 2009

Capital Gazette Communications, publisher of The Capital of Annapolis, will eliminate 111 positions across the company and close its Annapolis printing plant.

Capital Gazette editor and publisher Tom Marquardt cited declining advertising and the faltering economy as reasons for the cutbacks.

The company will transfer its printing to Comprint Printing, a press in Laurel owned by Post-Newsweek Media Inc. The plant will print the Capital and Capital Gazette’s other publications beginning March 2.

The closing of Capital Gazette’s press and mailroom operations will eliminate 31 full-time and 51 part-time positions. In other departments, the company has eliminated a total of 27 full-time and two part-time positions. Marquardt says no reporters were laid off.

“The Capital-Gazette family lost some very good employees today in what is a regrettable but necessary business decision to strengthen the company,” Marquardt said today in a statement. “It was a very difficult day for all of us.”

CGC is owned by Landmark Enterprises LLC of Norfolk, Va. Besides the Capital, the company publishes the Maryland Gazette and three free weekly newspapers.

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