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Q&A: Big Changes Coming For The Oregonian

The Oregonian newspaper is cutting its delivery to four days a week.   And the paper’s publisher says the newspaper’s staff is likely to move out of the building where it is housed in downtown Portland. 

Here’s publisher Chris Anderson on the possibility of a move.

“I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going to happen, we have way, way too much space in this building now for the group we have here. At one point we had a television station here, two newspapers here. We just have a lot of excess space. It doesn’t make much sense to stay in this building. While we have not begun to look for space, we will.”

The Oregonian.

The Oregonian.

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone /OPB

The paper is creating a new, digitally-focused media company, called Oregonian Media Group.

It will continue to publish daily, with a print version that will be sold in news stands. But delivery will be cut to four days: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The newspaper described the Saturday paper as a “bonus” edition, which will have a strong emphasis on sports content.

Home delivery subscribers will also have access to a digital edition of the paper seven days a week.

Anderson also confirmed that some employees will lose their jobs.

“What we are doing in an effort to be as fair as we can with our employees, is letting every one of them know – we hope by the end of tomorrow – we intend by the end of tomorrow, is let every employee know if they have a job at one of the two companies we have created. So at that point, we’ll know – I think we’ll have a good sense of who will be joining us, and I think we’ll have a sense of who will not be. I’m not really interested in quantifying that at this point. There will be some layoffs in the newsroom, and there will be some hiring.”

Anderson would not say how many employees were going to be laid off.