19 employees to be laid off at El Paso Times and New Mexico newspapers
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 06:22:34 PM CST
The Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership will lay off 19 of its employees, the El Paso Times reported early Friday on its website.
The partnership publishes the El Paso Times and seven New Mexico newspapers, including the Las Cruces Sun-News.
"This is a painful decision that is necessary as our business environment changes," Sergio Salinas, president and chief executive officer of the partnership and publisher of the El Paso Times, said in the article on the Times' website early Friday.
The article did not state how many employees from each newspaper would be let go.
The El Paso Times has undergone other changes this year, including a redesign of its print and web editions.
The newspaper also moved out of its building at 300 N. Campbell earlier this year after selling it to the City of El Paso as part of the relocation of City Hall. The Times is now located at 500 W. Overland.
The Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership was created in 2003 as a joint venture between Gannett and MediaNews Group. At the time, Gannett owned the El Paso Times.
Digital First Media was formed in 2011 and took over management of MediaNews Group and its newspapers, including the El Paso Times and Las Cruces Sun-News.
John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, said in 2011 that MediaNews Group and Journal Register Co., which he also runs, were "transitioning from what have largely been print-centric businesses. ... This initiative creates a local news powerhouse with more than 880 multiplatform products in 18 states serving more than 57 million Americans per month for the benefit of our communities, customers and employees."
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