Just under half of the job losses involve journalists. HSS also to sell off Pietarsaaren Sanomat.
Statutory personnel negotiations at HSS Media, publisher of Swedish language papers in Ostrobotnia, ended a few days ago with up to 24 staff members facing dismissal. The number could include 10-11 journalists.
HSS Media CEO Svante Wahlbek was quoted by the paper Österbottens Tiding saying that the number of layoffs could hinge on retirement decisions and relocations.
HSS Media publishes Vasabladet, Österbottens Tidning, Syd-Österbotten and Pietarsaaren Sanomat. It has also announced that it had signed a MoU with the Central Ostrobotnia Printing Corporation for the latter’s acquisition of Pietarsaaren Sanomat. Further details of the deal should known by the end of April this year.
Layoffs pending at Kainuu papers
SLP Publishing Ltd has announced that it is starting statutory personnel negotiations.
This comes less than a week after it acquired Alma Media’s Kainuu newspapers –Kainuun Sanomat, Koti-Kajaania, Ylä-Kainuu, Kuhmolainen and Sotkamo-lehti. SLP Publishing is a subsidiary of Suomalainen Lehtipaino Ltd, and employs 78 people in the Kainuu region.
The talks cover all areas of the papers’ operations and could lead to 18 job losses, according to Kainuun Sanomat.