Statement by NewsGuild-CWA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2019
Washington, D.C. – “The vote by shareholders approving the merger of GateHouse Media and Gannett is bad news.
“The deal is bad for journalists, it’s bad for readers and it’s bad for the future of local journalism,” said NewsGuild-CWA President Bernie Lunzer. “Local papers will likely vanish, jobs will be slashed, and reporting will suffer.”
A NewsGuild analysis published last week shows that the deal will accelerate the destruction of local newspapers and concluded that the Fortress Investment Group and Apollo Global Management will benefit at the expense of local communities.
Current reporting suggests that the merged company will cut several thousand jobs within weeks after the deal closes. “Such actions will only serve to demonstrate that management has sacrificed journalism and jobs on the altar of private equity,” Lunzer said.
“The NewsGuild-CWA intends to hold managers of the new Gannett to the promises they have made. We will continue to demand that they fund high-quality journalism, he added.
“And we will fight job cuts, newspaper closures, and the desertion of the communities we have vowed to serve. We will demand that they invest in strong journalism.”
About The NewsGuild-CWA
The NewsGuild-CWA is the largest union of journalists and other communications professionals in North America, representing more than more than 20,000 workers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The Communications Workers of America represents workers in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, health care, public service and education, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields.
To arrange an interview with NewsGuild-CWA President Bernie Lunzer, contact Sally Davidow, (202) 368-3324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.