Employees that survived the cut will work for Nola Media Group, which will oversee news coverage. NMG will have a staff of 275.
Other staffers will wind up at Advance Central Services Louisiana, an entity formed to produce the newspaper and provide support services.
The staff reductions are effective Sept. 30.
Steve Newhouse, chairman of Advance.net, said the layoffs are the best way to keep the T-P “going as a quality news operation.”
Advance is cutting another 400 people in Alabama at Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Press-Register in Mobile.
USA TODAY’S BLOCK TO KIPLINGER’S
Sandra Block, USA Today personal finance reporter and columnist, has moved to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as senior associate editor for the magazine and website.
Block covered topics like taxes, consumer banking, student loans, credit cards, insurance and retirement, and introduced her weekly “Your Money” column in 1998.
Janet Bodnar, editor of KPF, said, “We have always thought Sandy would be a valuable addition to our staff, and the time has finally come.”
Block previously reported for Dow Jones and the Akron Beacon Journal and co-authored “The Busy Family’s Guide to Money” and “Easy Ways to Lower Your Taxes.”
CAMERON DENIES NEWS CORP. FAVORITISM
British Prime Minister David Cameron denied showing any favoritism towards Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., saying that it was in his political interest to curry favor with the entire media after he become chief of the Conservative Party in 2005.
Cameron told the Leveson inquiry on June 14 that he met with media people 1,400 times, including 19 sessions with Rebekah Brooks (former editor of News of the World), 15 times with James Murdoch (ex-News International chief) and 10 times with Rupert.
He dismissed as nonsense talk of the existence of either a “covert or overt deal” with Murdoch’s properties.
Cameron took issue with earlier testimony of predecessor PM Gordon Brown of the Labour Party, who said the Conservatives were in Murdoch’s pocket.
Brown testified June 11 that the Conservatives adopted every one of the policies put forward by the Murdoch empire including reducing press regulation and cutting funding for the BBC. Cameron said of Brown’s testimony: “He has cooked up an entirely specious and unjustified conspiracy theory.”
The current PM said he would have fired former spokesman and of News of the World editor Andy Coulson had he had any inside information about the phone hacking scandal.
The Leveson panel demanded that News International release more of the communications between Brooks and Cameron.