Cox Media Group Ohio Laying Off Dozens
The leading newspaper agency in Ohio, Cox Media Group Ohio, is closing its printing plant in Franklin. The plant closure will result in nearly 135 job cuts.
The plant closure and layoffs were announced after the company entered into a deal with Gannett Publishing Services, LLC to outsource its printing to Gannett’s facility in Indianapolis.
The transition to the new facility is expected to complete by the third quarter of this year. By then, all 135 jobs at the Franklin facility will be eliminated. These include 75 full-time positions and 60 part-time positions.
The move to outsource printing has been undertaken in order to achieve cost-savings on newspaper production. The company plans to free up capital and put it to use on the digital side of its business.
Cox Media Group Ohio has been facing a decline in its print media readership and revenue. This trend has been appearing across the board at all big news agencies. As a consequence, numerous media outlets have been laying off employees involved in printing and copy editing. In the last two months, news agencies like Time Inc., The New York Times, and Huffington Post have all cut jobs.
Meanwhile,Cox Media’s digital news business has seen improvements. “The digital portion of the business is growing,” said Cox Media Group Ohio’s Vice President and General Manager, Rob Rohr. “This is a trend across the country and within Cox.”
Rohr has confirmed that daily deliveries of the company’s newspapers will not be affected in the transformation. Readers of the company’s three daily newspapers, Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, and Journal-News, based in Butler and Warren Counties, will continue to receive their newspapers at their doorsteps in the same way as before.
Prior to the latest round of layoffs, the news company cut 27 jobs last year, when it outsourced copy editing and design job functions.
Other Media brands that fall under the Cox Media Group Ohio include WHIO-TV Channel 7, Cox Digital Marketing, and three radio stations.
“Cox Media Group closing Franklin print facility, cutting 135 jobs,” Dayton Business Journal, July 6, 2017.
“Cox, Gannett plan deal to print Ohio papers,” Dayton Daily News, July 6, 2017.