The Los Angeles Times’ parent company, California Times, is folding three award-winning community newspapers that serve the cities of Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge. Fourteen staff members learned Thursday that they were being laid off with severance. Ten are members of the Los Angeles Times Guild. The decision comes as The Times, and other news organizations, grapple with staggering losses in advertising revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and local stay-at-home orders. Advertisers have withdrawn their advertising buys, forcing publishers to make cuts to their businesses. Final editions of the Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader are planned for Saturday.
Big deaths to report in the local news business. It’s been a slow demise. Some claim to have seen it coming for years. Still a punch to the gut. Add Burbank & Glendale to the thousands of School Boards & City Councils unconstrained. @brianstelter @myBurbankNEWS @KTLA @RTNASoCal pic.twitter.com/RZtLUzW8qC
— Peter Musurlian (@PeterMusurlian) April 17, 2020