Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gannett - Michigan Closings

Associated Press, 04.13.09, 01:11 PM EDT

Several non-daily newspapers owned by Gannett Co. Inc. in Oakland County have announced they will cease or merge publications May 31.

The Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Troy and Rochester editions of the Eccentric will close. The Southfield edition and the Observer & Eccentric group's Mirror newspaper will merge into a multi-community Sunday newspaper called the South Oakland Eccentric.

The company says it will cut 44 jobs as a result of the closings and consolidations. The newspaper company will continue to publish the Observer Newspapers and Hometown Weekly Newspapers in western Wayne and Oakland counties.

The Observer & Eccentric and Mirror newspapers, which had been part of HomeTown Communications Network Inc., were sold in 2005 to McLean, Va.-based Gannett.

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