AP is quietly (as possible) initiating a round of layoffs.
During the past two weeks, AP has let two assistant bureau chiefs on the East Coast go and three bureau chiefs in the Midwest go.
The layoffs are now spreading to the “rank-and-file” with two employees in AP Images in New York laid off last week.
Then this week entertainment reporter Rosalie Fox in Los Angeles, with nearly 20 years with the company and a photo editor in San Francisco, who had 12 years with the company, was also laid off. Several other reporters across the country were let go today.
I asked AP spokesman Paul Colford to respond. He writes:
There were changes made recently among our bureau chiefs. In addition, a restructuring in editorial results in 10 staffers leaving AP. Like most companies in this media economy, we are adjusting our staffing to reflect changing market needs, as well as the skills mix we require to meet those needs.
UPDATE — This from a tipster: “An element left out of your post is that the AP is spiking its premium-service personal finance wire, which was started in late 2008. The 5 staffers are being reassigned, 4 within BizNews & one reverting back to the Des Moines buro. The editor of the vertical is also reassigned within BizNews. Business News editor Hal Ritter called the personal finance effort ‘a journalistic success and a business failure’ at a staff meeting Tuesday.”
The AP is looking for an entertainment photo planning editor based in LA.
Meanwhile, The Wrap reports that Los Angeles Times advertising veep and chief revenue officer John T. O’Loughlin has left the paper and is joining the Houston Chronicle as president.