Tronc has slashed half the editorial staff at the New York Daily News, Variety and others reported. Editor-in-chief Jim Rich and Managing Editor Kristen Lee were among those cut.
“We are fundamentally restructuring the Daily News,” the company said in a Monday note to staff. “We are reducing today the size of the editorial team by approximately 50% and re-focusing much of our talent on breaking news — especially in areas of crime, civil justice and public responsibility.”
In recent years, the paper’s news staff has gone from several hundred to a maximum of 100 people, according to The New York Times.
Tronc tapped Robert York to take the helm at the tabloid starting July 30. York had been publisher and editor at the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and had spent years at Tronc’s San Diego Union-Tribune, as well.