What a commentary on the state of the news business today -- but unfortunately, it's not all that surprising.
Raleigh News & Observer: Herald-Sun fires executives, others. The new owner of The Herald-Sun in Durham took control of the 50,000-circulation newspaper Monday morning and promptly dismissed the publisher and the top editor -- and began letting go scores of other employees.
Perhaps the buyer is planning to hire people to fill all those vacancies. (The news story says the company wouldn't comment.) I'm betting, however, that this is what it looks like: a decision mainly aimed at boosting profit margins but slashing the head count.
Some newspaper companies have made a habit of cutting staffs to the bone and basically milking the cash cow while they could. The days when that will work may be coming to an end. Readers notice this stuff, and now they have genuine news choices.