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Cox's Palm Beach Newspapers to Cut Jobs, Outsource Printing

October 21, 2008

Cox Enterprises Inc.'s Palm Beach, Florida, newspapers plan to cut 300 more jobs and move printing to Tribune Co.'s Sun Sentinel plant in December.

The Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach Daily News and La Palma will eliminate production, mailroom and transportation positions with the shift, the Post reported today, citing an announcement by both companies.

Palm Beach Newspapers Inc., part of closely held Cox and the owner of four Florida publications, has already eliminated 300 jobs from its 1,350-employee workforce this year. The Daily News was the only one of the company's area newspapers to escape the earlier round of job cuts. Cox is based in Atlanta.

Doug Frank, the Post's publisher, said that the newspapers' aging presses forced the move and that affected employees will be offered ``financial packages,'' the Post said.

McClatchy Co. (MNI:US)'s Miami Herald, Tribune's Sun Sentinel and Cox's Palm Beach Post have already been testing sharing news stories to fill the gaps in their South Florida coverage caused by job cuts this year.

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