Layoffs at The Star

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by FangKC » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:30 am

Well, this doesn't look good.

Star parent's losses, debt put its stock exchange listing at risk

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McClatchy (AMEX: MNI) shares had fallen 57 cents, or 18.2%, to $2.57 on Friday, before the company disclosed the warning it received from NYSE American LLC. The disclosure was released after the close of U.S. stock markets. McClatchy shares have fallen 64% in the past year.

NYSE American warned McClatchy on Sept. 9 that it was out of compliance with standards because it was running a “stockholders' deficit of $372.5 million as of June 30, 2019 and net losses in each of the four most recent fiscal years ended Dec. 30, 2018.”

A stockholders' deficit is the difference between a company's liabilities and assets when its liabilities are greater than assets. At the end of the second quarter, McClatchy reported assets of $1.28 billion and liabilities of $1.65 billion.

The company posted a loss last year of $79.8 million, an improvement from its 2017 loss of $332.4 million, after reducing expenses with multiple rounds of layoffs, among other measures. McClatchy's revenue declined by 11% last year to $807.2 million as its newspapers lost advertisers and subscribers.
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https://tinyurl.com/y4kuvau8

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by Highlander » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:59 pm

FangKC wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:30 am
Well, this doesn't look good.

Star parent's losses, debt put its stock exchange listing at risk

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McClatchy (AMEX: MNI) shares had fallen 57 cents, or 18.2%, to $2.57 on Friday, before the company disclosed the warning it received from NYSE American LLC. The disclosure was released after the close of U.S. stock markets. McClatchy shares have fallen 64% in the past year.

NYSE American warned McClatchy on Sept. 9 that it was out of compliance with standards because it was running a “stockholders' deficit of $372.5 million as of June 30, 2019 and net losses in each of the four most recent fiscal years ended Dec. 30, 2018.”

A stockholders' deficit is the difference between a company's liabilities and assets when its liabilities are greater than assets. At the end of the second quarter, McClatchy reported assets of $1.28 billion and liabilities of $1.65 billion.

The company posted a loss last year of $79.8 million, an improvement from its 2017 loss of $332.4 million, after reducing expenses with multiple rounds of layoffs, among other measures. McClatchy's revenue declined by 11% last year to $807.2 million as its newspapers lost advertisers and subscribers.
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https://tinyurl.com/y4kuvau8
Is it just me or has the Star become nearly unreadable over the last few months? It seems like every article is geared towards generating whatever controversy they can to sell more papers. Even the most innocuous stuff is being turned into weird conspiracies (the closing of restaurants in Lawrence owned by friends of Kobach??). The writers don't necessarily have any particular political stance, just create controversy. It actually reads a bit like a college newspaper. Maybe that's the marching orders they are getting from the parent company given the losses reported in the article quoted above.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by missingkc » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:24 am

You're not alone. As an aside, while most stories in the Star hang around for days (or weeks in the case of business news), I can't find that story this morning. Maybe it came to light that the charges of left wing harassment turned out to be as bogus as they sounded - charges of feces distribution often float to the surface in conservatives' accusations of liberals' brutality - and it was removed.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by FangKC » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:28 pm

I may be wrong about this, but it seems to me that the Star went downhill because they got rid of so many of the long-time news people who have reported on the Metro for decades and really understand it. Instead, they have replaced those with new people who don't seem to really even understand the City they report.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by earthling » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:20 pm

It went downhill because McClatchy is struggling and focused on larger markets but not really investing much in those papers either. The better reporters likely left because McClatchy couldn't keep or afford them.

McClatchy stock listing recently at risk.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by FangKC » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:42 pm

McClatchy will probably be bought up at a fire sale.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by chaglang » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:25 pm

Highlander wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:59 pm
Is it just me or has the Star become nearly unreadable over the last few months? It seems like every article is geared towards generating whatever controversy they can to sell more papers. Even the most innocuous stuff is being turned into weird conspiracies (the closing of restaurants in Lawrence owned by friends of Kobach??). The writers don't necessarily have any particular political stance, just create controversy. It actually reads a bit like a college newspaper. Maybe that's the marching orders they are getting from the parent company given the losses reported in the article quoted above.
The list of who was writing or on the ed board there 5 years ago and is no longer there is shocking. The comparison to a college paper is apt and I suspect that the new hires from the Pitch and to some extent the KCBJ have contributed to the change in tone. Vockrodt should really consider taking a break from Twitter.

Granted, the old editorial board could be frustratingly circumspect, but the new one is an aggressive, reactionary mess. Dave Helling has not been a stabilizing influence.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by WoodDraw » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:19 pm

They've lost classifieds to other sites, sports to the athletic, development to cityscene, and the editorial section has no credibility. People have Twitter and Facebook, and boomers will turn to the TV for their...stuff. lots of people listen to podcasts now.

If you think back to all your favorite star journalists, they're all still around. Just working for modern companies that aren't McClatchy.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by FangKC » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:12 am

The Star is going to eliminate the Saturday print edition at the end of 2020.

https://twitter.com/kckansascity/status ... 33153?s=20

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by WoodDraw » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:17 am

Unlikely McClatchy will even exist at the end of 2020.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by longviewmo » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:36 pm

FangKC wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:12 am
The Star is going to eliminate the Saturday print edition at the end of 2020.

https://twitter.com/kckansascity/status ... 33153?s=20
Going for this tweet? The linked one is about a parking garage. https://mobile.twitter.com/kckansascity ... 3207531521

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by alejandro46 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:52 am

As there is no dedicated "CitysceneKC" thread:

[Former KC Star Reporter's website,] CityScene KC will shift to paid subscription Dec. 2

https://cityscenekc.com/cityscene-kc-sh ... on-dec-2/

$6/month

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by TrolliKC » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:17 am

Cityscene is good, but at $6 they would need to add a ton more content for me to be interested.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by alejandro46 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:26 am

Agreed, the announcment really doesn't promise any additional content, just basically that they can't remain a going concern based off pure ads. I wonder if they evaluated the Patreon route?

I have been toying for a Bloomberg subscription which is available at a discounted $10/mo.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by missingkc » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:34 am

I will subscribe to CityScene. I may pay for it by dropping my subscription to the Star. Local business news is all I'm interested in and the Star's business section doesn't change for days on end.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by kcjak » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:37 am

TrolliKC wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:17 am
Cityscene is good, but at $6 they would need to add a ton more content for me to be interested.
Yeah, 4-5 articles a week isn't much, especially when they don't appear to do any spelling or grammar checks.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by kboish » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:13 am

I agree that $6/mo seems a bit much for the amount of coverage he was providing. I may do it just to help subsidize and support the model though.

He should really consider joining forces with the Shawnee Mission Post folks and any other independent news bloggers in the area. They could potentially rival the Star in their coverage.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by earthling » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:16 am

Hope Kevin can find a way but this might spell its doom. If it fails maybe he can connect with the local Biz Journal.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by smh » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:51 am

kboish wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:13 am
I agree that $6/mo seems a bit much for the amount of coverage he was providing. I may do it just to help subsidize and support the model though.

He should really consider joining forces with the Shawnee Mission Post folks and any other independent news bloggers in the area. They could potentially rival the Star in their coverage.
Didn't he work with SM Post for a hot second? I think there was a difference of opinion on coverage or something.

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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Post by scooterj » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:59 am

Cityscene needs to figure out how to responsive design correctly. I practically have to sit on the opposite side of the office to read his articles on an actual computer screen.
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