OFFICE SPACE: 34 Ad Reps Given Pink Slips

NEW YORK Less than a week after about 70 newsroom employees were laid off at the Philadelphia Inquirer, at least 34 advertising positions – including 16 part-timers – are being cut today at Philadelphia Newspapers, which handles business operations for the Inquirer and Daily News.

tierneyslist.jpgHenry Holcomb, president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, said the affected employees were being informed Monday morning one by one, with union representatives sitting in on the meetings with management. “We have just gotten word and they are in the process of informing them now,” Holcomb said about the impacted employees, who are among some 300 advertising department workers.

Although Publisher Brian Tierney predicted weeks ago that some 150 employees at the two papers could be cut, Holcomb says today’s announcement was a surprise. “We didn’t expect them today so we can’t say what else is in line,” Holcomb said. Jay Devine, a spokesman for Philadelphia Media Holdings, which owns the papers, confirmed the layoffs, but said no others are planned for the immediate future. “This completes the process of layoffs for now,” Devine told E&P. “We don’t anticipate any future layoffs.”

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