Tuesday, March 30, 2010

'City Paper' owner SouthComm lays off 7

Media group SouthComm Inc., which owns The City Paper , Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post , among its nine publications, laid off seven people on Monday to cut costs after the loss of a major advertiser.
The news follows an earlier round of 16 layoffs last fall after SouthComm had purchased the Nashville Scene . Among those who lost their jobs Monday was the Nashville Post 's politics blogger, A.C. Kleinheider.

Others included The City Paper 's managing editor Vincent Troia, Titans beat reporter Terry McCormick and entertainment reporter Ron Wynn.

SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell told the Nashville Post in a story published on its Web site that none of the nine publications is at risk and that the company remains strong overall.

Eric Barnes, the new publisher of Westview , a community weekly in Bellevue, said his publication ran about 10 pages of foreclosure notices Friday under contract with the law firm Wilson & Associates, which had previously used The City Paper for such ads.

Barnes' Memphis-based company, The Daily News Publishing Co., acquired Westview for an undisclosed sum last month.

"It's an iffy market for newspapers now, but we certainly will make an investment in it,'' Barnes said, adding that the community paper planned to expand news coverage and invest more in design and distribution.

Contact business reporter Naomi Snyder at 615-259-8284 or nsnyder@tennessean.com.

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