BuzzFeed News begins furloughs as it negotiates over potential layoffs

BuzzFeed News has started to furlough employees while negotiating with its editorial union over possible layoffs.The furloughs impact four staffers in the US and about 15 in the UK and Australia.The company hasn’t ruled out layoffs in the newsroom, which like media broadly has been hard hit as advertisers slash spending in response to the…

BuzzFeed News begins furloughs as it negotiates over potential layoffs

BuzzFeed News has started to furlough employees while negotiating with its editorial union over possible layoffs.The furloughs impact four staffers in the US and about 15 in the UK and Australia.The company hasn’t ruled out layoffs in the newsroom, which like media broadly has been hard hit as advertisers slash spending in response to the coronavirus.The newsroom is on track to lose $10 million this year, but seeks to reduce that figure to $6 million in 2021.Click here for more BI Prime stories.

BuzzFeed News is starting furloughs while the newsroom braces for potential layoffs, according to sources inside the company.The news came from new editor in chief Mark Schoofs in a video meeting with remote staff May 13. Schoofs, who started up BuzzFeed’s investigations unit before leaving to teach at USC Annenberg, was just brought back to succeed BuzzFeed News’ founding editor Ben Smith, who left earlier in the year for The New York Times.Schoofs told staff that four newsroom employees in the US — two senior editors, a deputy editor, and an office manager — would be furloughed for three months. Also furloughe
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