Thursday, June 7, 2007
Carole Leigh Hutton (pictured), the new executive editor of the Mercury News, called a staff meeting on Wednesday to confirm that there would be cuts in the newsroom, but she didn't know how many, according to a report on the Ghost Word blog of Berkeley author Frances Dinkelspiel. San Jose State professor John McManus posted an article May 31 that said the Merc planned to cut 60 of its 250 newsroom positions — 24 percent. McManus attributed the figure to John Bowman, who resigned two weeks ago as San Mateo County Times executive editor, who said he was present at a meeting at the Mercury News when the cuts were discussed. But on Wednesday, Hutton said she didn't know where those numbers had come from, and she was at the same meeting as Bowman. Hutton said the final figures are still being worked out as managers prepare budgets for the new fiscal year. Every group of employees, from Guild members to managers, are at risk, Dinkelspiel reported.