DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DallasNews Corporation (Nasdaq: DALN), the parent company of The Dallas Morning News and Medium Giant, announced on September 13, 2023 a limited voluntary staff reduction program would be offered across all departments to eligible individuals at The News and Medium Giant. The Company expected this could reduce the total workforce by about 6 percent, or 40 full-time and part-time positions.
The voluntary staff reduction program closed at noon on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. The Company received and approved 58 requests, representing 9 percent of the workforce, from across the Company to participate in the program. Of these 58 positions, the Company will be reinvesting in 11 positions. Katy Murray, President and Chief Financial officer said, “The net annual savings in employee compensation and benefits in 2024, which includes the reinvestment in staff in the newsroom, will be over $3.0 million and the projected severance expense recorded in Q4 2023 will be approximately $2.5 million.” The Company will provide additional information regarding the financial impact of the Voluntary Severance Program in the Company’s Fiscal Year 2023 investor call to be scheduled in the first quarter of 2024.
“Like any business, DallasNews Corporation must be profitable to be a healthy and sustainable organization,” said Grant Moise, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The News. “This transition allows us to narrow our gap to profitability while reinvesting in essential positions to help grow our digital audiences. Our recent hiring of Chris Patheiger as our Chief Product and Innovation Officer is a clear indication that we remain committed to future growth and innovation as we continue to navigate the digital needs of North Texans.”
About DallasNews Corporation
DallasNews Corporation is the Dallas-based holding company of The Dallas Morning News and Medium Giant. The Dallas Morning News is Texas’ leading daily newspaper with an excellent journalistic reputation, intense regional focus and close community ties. With offices in Dallas and Tulsa, Medium Giant is a full-service advertising agency dedicated to designing, creating and delivering stories that drive customers to act. For additional information, visit dallasnewscorporation.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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