Washington Post Layoffs: Dozens Fired In Restructuring

The Washington Post has laid off several dozen employees on the business side, Fishbowl DC reported on Friday.

The entire mobile team was let go, according to sources, while editorial staffers were unaffected. The exact number of layoffs is not clear, but Fishbowl DC placed the number at 54.

Chief information officer Shailesh Prakash confirmed the cuts in a memo to staff on Wednesday, saying that they were part of a "broader restructuring" as the company re-evaluates and reduces costs.

Other changes are on the horizon, as well. The newspaper is considering re-locating its offices and selling its downtown headquarters. The goal, according to publisher Katharine Weymouth, is "to give us a more modern, bright, open and efficient building that better supports and advances our mission into the future." In December, the newspaper also announced that it will introduce a paywall in 2013.

The Post layoffs come weeks after the New York Times also made cuts. The Times offered voluntary buyouts, and made some additional layoffs.



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