SBD/July 19, 2012/Media

Sports Illustrated Personnel Cuts Include 13 Buyouts And 3 Layoffs

Personnel cuts at SI and the Time Inc. Sports Group have "ended with 13 buyouts and 3 layoffs," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. SI Senior Writers Damon Hack and Michael Farber and college football editor Gene Menez are "among those taking the buyout" offered by the sports group. Hack this week accepted a position with the Golf Channel and Farber will "become a special contributor to the magazine" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/19). ADWEEK's Lucia Moses reported fears that SI’s "photography staff would be decimated appear to be unfounded." The Sports Group did not provide details of the layoffs, but sources said that "one photographer, one reporter and one writer were affected." The company has "described the cost-cutting move as part of a plan to reorganize the editorial staff around type of sports rather than by media platform" (ADWEEK.com, 7/18). In N.Y., Keith Kelly notes some Time Inc. staffers "are worried that the Sports Group cuts might serve as a blueprint for Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang to make other cuts around the nation’s No. 1 magazine publisher later this year" (N.Y. POST, 7/19).
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