Job slaughter at Britain’s Guardian

From Poynter:

A total of 268 employees are taking buyouts at The Guardian as the paper attempts to stem more than $227 million in losses from the last financial year.

The layoffs come as The Guardian’s business model, which is based on selling ads against a massive audience, is being tested by numerous challenges: The rise of ad-blocking, a shift toward advertising on social networks and a rough advertising market in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

Meanwhile, The Guardian is placing its revenue hopes in a membership model, which many staffers at the newspaper doubt can reverse revenue declines, according to Politico.More.

Reality check: This is not necessarily because Brits don’t agree with progressive, left-wing views. It is because they do not need the traditional vendors of such views.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Yeah, good!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Do you, like me, think that any reduction in employment by the MSM is cause for celebration? 😉

  • mauser 98

    global warming whacks .. George moonbat Monbiot should be first to go
    ..his poison propaganda finally is too much
    perhaps there is hope

  • Ed

    A true “whoo hoo” moment!

  • simus1

    “The Jupiter” has had a good long sanctimonious run, much longer than it really deserved, given its constant uninteresting constipation in the present century.
    Have a breather, waste some more money, then off to the rubbish tip.

  • Jay Currie

    Not happy to see journalists lose jobs…but do Guardian writers count?

    • Clausewitz

      Like the word therapist, journalist as a word has lost all meaning.

    • Minicapt

      Sometimes as high as five; changing hands induces confusion.


      • Jay Currie

        That’s so mean…red wine all over keyboard.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I think you had it coming! Good you can roll with it. 😉

    • Justin St.Denis

      Journalists? The MSM has employed VERY FEW JOURNALISTS since about 1980, by my recollection.

  • Clausewitz

    Some days are just more enjoyable than others.

    • Justin St.Denis


  • Brian Jones

    It’s a decent start.

  • tom_billesley

    Oh no! If the Guardian goes down, where will the BBC recruit? It advertises jobs exclusively in the Guardian.

  • Dana Garcia

    Actually, the Guardian has done some good stories on technological unemployment, so it’s not completely evil. technological unemployment

    • I’m not sure that whether the Guardian’s is viewed as good or evil is even relevant. Even people who agree with the gatekeeper’s views don’t need the gatekeeper any more.