U-T San Diego kills The Californian, lays off 10

U-T San Diego reports about ten journalists are affected by the closing of The Californian, a daily section of the newspaper.

U-T CEO John Lynch says:

Upon our acquisition of the NCT [North County Times] and Californian, the U-T fielded extensive research that showed that the U-T was respected for its coverage and quality and was favored over the other brands. The fact is that the financial model for both the Californian and the North County Times was broken. We are interested in creating — and maintaining — healthy, sustainable multiplatform products for years to come.

U-T says The Californian “struggled with circulation and revenue for years, and [previous] management had considered folding it in 1995.”

* U-T ends publishing The Californian section (utsandiego.com)
* Lynch: “While these decisions are difficult, they are necessary” (kpbs.org)
* Sept. 10, 2012: U-T buys North County Times and Californian (sdbj.com)