Vice Media to cut 10pc of workforce

NEW YORK (AP) – Vice Media is cutting 250 jobs globally as it seeks to achieve profitability. It is the latest round of layoffs as the media industry contracts.

The cuts affect about 10 per cent of Vice’s 2,500 staff, said company spokeswoman Danielle Carrig. But she said Vice plans to add jobs as well in departments including sales and digital news as it focusses on its units with potential for growth.

The media industry has been facing a wave of layoffs as Facebook and Google gobble up the bulk of digital advertising dollars.

Also on Friday, newspaper publisher McClatchy said it will offer voluntary buyouts to 13 per cent of its staff, about 450 people. Digital media company BuzzFeed said last week it is cutting 200 people. Verizon is cutting about 800 jobs in its media division, which includes Yahoo and HuffPost.

The Vice logo is seen at a joint venture announcement between Vice Media and Roger Communications in Toronto. – AP