Deseret News To Merge Newsroom With KSL Radio, TV
August 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM (PT)
The DESERET NEWS, the daily newspaper in SALT LAKE CITY, is cutting 85 newsroom jobs and consolidating breaking news operations with those of sister KSL BROADCASTING INC. Talk KSL-A-F and NBC affiliate KSL-TV/SALT LAKE CITY, the paper announced TUESDAY. 57 full-time employees and 28 part-timers are being let go, about 43% of the paper's workforce, reports the paper.
The changes are part of a five-part plan unveiled by the paper's CEO and President, CLARK GILBERT, to ensure that "THE DESERET NEWS will run as a daily newspaper for the foreseeable future." The plan includes moving the paper's news staff into the TRIAD CENTER facilities of the radio and TV stations, increasing coverage of "relevant issues audiences care about most," creating an editorial advisory board of news industry leaders, adding "DESERET CONNECT," "qualified, edited, and peer reviewed" content, and creating a "cutting edge digital team."
The DESERET NEWS, which will remain a seven-day-a-week publication, is the smaller of SALT LAKE's two dailies, trailing the non-church-affiliated SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.