San Diego newspaper lays off 1/3rd of workforce after sale

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's dominant newspaper has laid off nearly a third of its 600 employees after it was acquired by Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing Co.

The San Diego Union-Tribune announced on Tuesday the layoffs of 178 employees — most in its printing and delivery divisions.

The newspaper's sale for $85 million to the Tribune Co. was finalized on Thursday, and its name was changed back to its former name, the Union-Tribune, after going by U-T San Diego since 2011.

One-hundred were laid off from operations including truck drivers, machinists, electricians and pressroom workers.

Twenty-nine were cut from circulation and 36 from advertising sales and finance. Only nine of the 173 newsroom staffers were laid off, nearly all from the paper's video department.