McLean, Va. – Gannett’s (NYSE: GCI) flagship newspaper USA Today on
Friday announced a major organizational restructuring, which will result in a
9% reduction in staff, or some 130 layoffs. The newspaper has lost over 200,000
daily readers over the past year.
The company also announced the creation of
five new departments, including USA Today Sports, and a raft of management
Instead of its current News, Sports, Money and Life sections, the
newsroom will be divided into 13 "content rings," including Breaking
News, Investigative, Your Life and Auto.
"This significant restructuring
reflects USA Today’s evolution from a newspaper company to a multi-platform
media company," said president and publisher David L. Hunke.
USA TODAY first launched in 1982, we led the news and information industry in
aligning our content with readers and advertisers. I’m confident these key
executive appointments in new and current departments will continue our legacy
as a vital, valuable media brand across print, digital and mobile