Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Cameroon's Paul Biya wins 7th term in poll marred by low turnout

Read more

#THE 51%

The Gender Divide: Record number of women running in US midterms

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Nativist: Trump warns of migrant 'emergency' ahead of midterms

Read more

FOCUS

Prominent Iraqi women in danger

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: SLAP!, Boy George and Culture Club, plus Nao

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

'EU parliament vote will determine heart and soul of Europe for years to come'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Have your fish and eat it: Can British fishing fleets net a Brexit bonus?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Must never happen again': Australia apologises to victims of state sex abuse

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Italy determined to stick to budget plan despite EU warnings

Read more

NY Daily News slashes half its newsroom staff

© GETTY/AFP/File | The New York Daily News, known for its bold front pages, is slashing half its editorial staff as it seeks to adapt to the financial troubles of the sector

NEW YORK (AFP) - 

The New York Daily News, the tabloid known for its provocative headlines, made its own news Monday by slashing half its editorial staff, in the latest retrenchment in the newspaper sector.

The century-old daily owned by the media conglomerate Tronc said in an email to employees that the move was made to address the newspaper's "significant financial challenges."

The editorial staff will be cut by some 50 percent as the newspaper looks at a fundamental restructuring to focus on breaking news, mainly in areas of "crime, civil justice and public responsibility," according to the note to staff, which was widely circulated on Twitter.

"The decisions being announced today reflect the realities of our business and the need to adapt to an ever-changing media environment," the memo said.

Top editors Jim Rich and Kristen Lee are departing as part of the reorganization, with the new editor-in-chief Robert York coming from the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Rich said in a tweet on the latest cuts: "If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you."

The newspaper is known for some of the boldest front pages in the industry, including one last week with a cartoon image of President Donald Trump shooting Uncle Sam while holding hands with Russian leader Vladimir Putin below a headline that reads: "Open Treason."

Among its most famous was the "Ford to City: Drop Dead" in 1975 when then president Gerald Ford refused federal aid to stave off the Big Apple's imminent municipal bankruptcy.

In 2016, it reprised that theme with the headline "Drop Dead, Ted," after Senator Ted Cruz denounced "New York values" in a Republican presidential primary debate.

But the daily has faced the same financial troubles as much of the newspaper industry.

In 2017, Tronc purchased the Daily News for $1, while assuming its pension liabilities, after previous owner Mort Zuckerman had been absorbing losses estimated at $30 million annually.

The Daily News has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes since its founding in 1919, including one last year for its reporting on police abuse of eviction rules to oust poor residents from their homes.

© 2018 AFP