Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Metro to cut staff, Boston publisher exits

Metro International is reducing the staff of its money-losing U.S. editions and the publisher of Metro Boston has left the company, according to the Boston Globe. Other cuts and leadership changes are expected at the Metro newspapers in Philadelphia and New York. All three papers are up for sale.

Rob Patterson, chief of Metro's U.S. papers, met in Boston on Monday with the publishers of the three papers, the Globe says. Metro Boston publisher Stuart Layne said that he resigned Monday night.

"The Globe and the Metro were taking a different direction than what I was brought in for. I was brought in to grow the business. It didn't grow was fast as the joint venture had hoped," Layne told the Globe.

No replacement for Layne has been named.

In Boston, Metro plans to eliminate its Gameday Sox section, a sports editor, the T-Time editor, and about eight sales positions, said the employees.