Amidst dwindling subscriptions and advertisements, The Washington Post is looking to axe 240 jobs. It plans to bring these job cuts into effect by offering voluntary buyouts to its employees this week.
As per media reports, Patty Stonesifer, the interim chief executive officer, The Washing Post, has already conveyed this plan to the company’s 2,600 employees via an official e-mail. The newsroom itself employs 1,000 people, and the expected losses this year are about $100 million.
The organisation — owned by Jeff Bezos, founder, Amazon — has felt the need to take a serious look at its costs and expenses because now the situation requires focus on areas of growth. Bezos had bought the publication for $250 million a decade ago and has always maintained that he wanted the newspaper to make profits.
Subscriptions have been dwindling for some time now. From about three million subscribers three years ago, the number has come down to 2.5 million. Digital advertising is also on the wane. That is precisely why the publication had to resort to this decision to cut jobs.
It is pertinent to mention here that Fred Ryan, the former chief executive and publisher of the newspaper had quit in June 2023. Under his decade-old tenure, the publication had done extremely well with the newsroom expanding and subscriptions spiking. However, many senior and junior employees have left the organisation in the past two years.