132 jobs lower as Tribune broadcasts plan to shut native Virginian-Pilot printing plant in July



VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginian-Pilot will lose 132 workers resulting from an govt choice to maneuver the newspaper’s printing operations to a facility utilized by the Richmond Occasions-Dispatch.

The Pilot reports that Tribune Publishing’s govt Par Ridder despatched an e mail to workers Tuesday afternoon alerting them to the change.

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In response to the Pilot, the shift to the Richmond printing plant will occur in July.

The Every day Press, Virginia Gazette and Tidewater Evaluate — that are additionally owned by Tribune — have been printed in Richmond since earlier than the Pilot was bought by the corporate.

The Pilot stories Ridder stated Tribune initially deliberate to maneuver printing operations for the entire papers to the Pilot’s Virginia Seashore plant on Greenwich Street.

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Tribune elected to vary “methods” after they acquired a suggestion to print in Richmond, based on the newspaper.

The Virginian-Pilot was acquired by Tribune in 2018 after being owned by the identical household for greater than a century. Then, Alden International Capital, a hedge fund identified for whittling down newsrooms in favor of earnings, purchased a 32-percent stake in Tribune in late 2019,

The corporate additionally just lately moved out of its constructing on West Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk, its dwelling since 1937. The constructing was offered to the Monument Cos. for $9.5 million. The developer said it would turn the four-story, 173,000-square-foot building into 181 apartments.

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This spring, Tribune additionally supplied buyouts to its workers, leading to about 20 journalists leaving the Pilot — and extra on the Every day Press.

The union representing the 4 Virginia papers, Tidewater Media Guild, voiced its displeasure on Twitter over the corporate’s “shortsighted choice” to now not print the newspaper in Hampton Roads.

“Make no mistake about it — this transfer hurts our fellow workers, our communities and our capability to cowl information,” the guild wrote.

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