WEST PALM BEACH — The circulation of The Palm Beach Post plummeted to historic lows at historic pace this year, according to the latest figures!
The Post‘s Sunday edition, traditionally one of the country’s strongest because of the high number of older residents, nose-dived by 23 percent between April 1 and Sept. 30, The Atlanta-based company now prints about 110,569 copies on Sundays.
The paper even lost readers on weekdays, down one percent to 87,699.
Most newspapers in Florida lost some steam, but the Post lost much more on Sunday than any of the biggies.
The Miami Herald, home of the Gossip Extra newspaper columns, gained one percent on Sunday, to 191,323!
Post publisher Tim Burke, meanwhile, emailed staff on Friday about the status of the current layoffs. He wrote that 11 workers over 55 “voluntarily” agreed to go away.
As Gossip Extra told you exclusively last week, political commentator and Editorial Page Editor Randy Schultz was among those who called it a day.
Burke admitted it was below what the paper’s billionaire owners hoped for. But, Burke claimed, the expected “involuntary” layoffs seem to be on hold — for now!
Over the past five years, the Post is believe to have shed at least two third of its total staff!
Burke didn’t reply to an email asking him for comment, but here’s his memo:
Sent: Friday, November 01, 2013 4:03 PM
To: PBP-Newsroom (CMG-WestPalm)
Subject: Update for All Employees from Tim
As promised . . . , here is the update on our progress with the 2014 budget after our eligible employees had an opportunity to consider the voluntary separation offer.
Ultimately, 11 employees volunteered, leaving us short of our projections. However, we were able to avoid involuntary layoffs by eliminating four open positions in Revenue, four in Content, and one at the Daily News. Moving forward we will continue to reassess existing positions to address our digital needs.
As you are aware, the 11 colleagues who will be leaving us are among the best in the business. Fortunately, we have some time to wish them the best and appropriately thank them for their incredible work and dedication.