EO Media Group, the owner of The Astorian, Chinook Observer and Seaside Signal, announced the layoff of 18% of its workforce Wednesday, a result of coronavirus-related revenue losses due to canceled events and business closures impacting advertising.
Of the 261 employees in Oregon and Washington state, 47 newspaper and corporate staff members were given layoff notices. The Astorian and Chinook Observer each lost two positions of the 44 employed by the newspapers.
The remaining workforce has been advised of a 10% reduction in hours effective April 1.
EO Media Group also owns the Bend Bulletin, Capital Press, East Oregonian and several other papers.
In a memo to employees announcing the layoffs, Heidi Wright, EO Media Group’s chief operating officer, said, “By taking these actions today, our intent is to stabilize the company and come out of this crisis intact and ready to continue on as a vital part of the communities we serve.”