Wichita Eagle Announces Cuts

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The Wichita Eagle reports that 16 of its employees have accepted voluntary buyouts and six more will be laid off.

In a story posted Tuesday on its Web site, the newspaper said the buyouts and layoffs amount to a 6 percent reduction in its work force. The newspaper did not specify where the cuts would be made, and no one was available to provide details.

The Wichita cuts were announced as the Eagle's owner, the McClatchy Co., said it was reducing its national work force by 10 percent. That's about 1,150 full-time positions.

This is the second round of cuts in three months by McClatchy. Chief executive Gary Pruitt says the ongoing restructuring is necessary because of the economic downturn's effect on newspapers.

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