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Star-Ledger announces 167 layoffs, including 40 newsroom jobs

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The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest daily newspaper, announced Thursday that it was cutting 167 positions, including 40 jobs in the newsroom.

The move comes roughly a week after parent company Advance Publications unveiled a plan to create a new media company through the consolidation of services offered by the Newark-based paper and other Advance-owned daily and weekly newspapers across the state including the South Jersey Times, Times of Trenton, Hunterdon County Democrat and Express-Times of Easton, Pa.

Tuesday's layoffs were "not unexpected," according to the Star-Ledger story announcing the cuts. The layoffs account for 25 percent of what was once a 350-member strong Star-Ledger newsroom.

According to the Star-Ledger's story, the paper was expected to lose $19 million this year.

Aside from the Star-Ledger, an undisclosed number of positions across Advance's New Jersey newspapers and their online home, NJ.com, will also be cut.

NJ Advance Media, the new company to be formed through consolidation, will open in September in Woodbridge. The Star-Ledger and other Advance-owned daily newspapers will continue to publish daily and will keep a smaller number of newsroom employees.

According to the Star-Ledger, some employees will receive offers to join NJ Advance Media but possibly at the risk of accepting a lower-paying job with a different title.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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