At the Gazette, least seven people were apparently laid off or agreed to take buyouts recently, KTVQ reports, citing Last Best News.
Last Best News also reported that the Gazette may tighten the boundaries of its home delivery service, possibly this spring. The paper once had the largest circulation area of any daily in the country, as far as papers delivered directly by carriers.
In Missoula, meanwhile, Lee plans to bring the weekly Missoula Independent into the Missoulian’s downtown offices. Lee Enterprises bought the Independent last spring.
The company also said it will lower the days the Ravalli Republic in Hamilton publishes a paper, from five days to three, and will shutter two customer call centers in Indiana, cutting 93 jobs.
Lee Enterprises reported quarterly earnings of $27.3 million though digital services, an increase of 3.2 percent. But Lee’s overall advertising revenue was down in the last quarter of 2017, according to the Poynter Institute.
“Lee Enterprises had an advertising revenue loss of 9 percent in the last quarter of 2017, but was able to increase profits with cuts in people and paper and a favorable income tax adjustment,” Poynter said.