Crain’s: Detroit ready to lay off up to 300 staffers

The business-news weekly says Gannett’s Detroit operations are expected to make job cuts of “possibly up to 300 staffers.” Crain’s does not source that information, however. It reports that Detroit Media Partnership CEO Dave Hunke said last month that staffing levels would be addressed as part a first-quarter strategic plan, “which is what next week’s announcement is expected to detail.”

Crain‘s says today that calls to Hunke’s office were referred to Leland Bassett, CEO of public-relations firm Bassett & Bassett in Detroit. “The Detroit Media Partnership is looking at everything right now. No decisions have been made,” he told Crain’s.

Detroit employs as many as 2,000 workers, making it one of Gannett’s single-biggest worksites. Any cuts there would follow nearly 2,000 newspaper jobs eliminated last week in GCI’s ongoing mass layoff.

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