COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer announced Thursday it is laying off almost a third of its workforce and it plans on shifting part of its operations to Montgomery, AL.
We are told 56 workers at the city's oldest paper received the news Thursday. They were told that after the first of the year, they'll be unemployed.
On January 24, the printing press at the Ledger-Enquirer will go silent, almost 200 years after the first edition rolled off.
"You know, it's a difficult thing but it's the way the industry is moving. We're not pioneering something new here. There are a lot of papers that have done this before. It's just one of the things we have to do, " said John Kelly VP of Circulation and Printing.
L-E's management made the tough decision to move the printing part of the operation to Montgomery, where that city's Advertiser will take over.
It's not clear if any Columbus workers will move with the shift.