DAYTON, OHIO – July 6, 2017– Cox Media Group Ohio has entered into an agreement in principle with Gannett Publishing Services to handle production work for CMGO’s three daily newspapers and weekly publications at Gannett’s Indianapolis newspaper production plant. The daily publications affected are The Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News.
We believe gaining savings in newspaper production while investing in local journalism and technology is the best way to serve our communities and grow our customers, while we chart an aggressive path forward.“We remain committed to serving our communities with award-winning journalism and the region’s most competitive advertising opportunities, but the media business has changed incredibly since 1999 when we invested almost 100 million dollars to build the Franklin plant,” said CMG Ohio Market Vice President and General Manager Rob Rohr. “We believe gaining savings in newspaper production while investing in local journalism and technology is the best way to serve our communities and grow our customers while we chart an aggressive path forward.”
Approximately 75 full-time and about 60 part-time employees currently work at the Franklin plant. All impacted employees are eligible to receive severance pay. This new production option requires us to honor notice and bargaining obligations, and the transition of work may happen over several months starting in the third quarter of this year.
CMG Ohio includes the portfolio of the largest media brands in Southwest Ohio. Since 1898 the community has been served by Cox products and CMG Ohio currently reaches more than 94 percent of the Dayton Metro area each week. CMG Ohio is committed to providing our subscribers with a printed newspaper seven days a week. CMG Ohio’s weekly publications including the Journal-News Pulse will also continue to be published in their current formats.
In addition to serving Dayton area local communities with print, digital, TV and radio content, CMG Ohio will also continue to play an integral role in supporting local community efforts. This year CMG Ohio has raised nearly $600K for local charities, obtained over $1.25 million in Cox Foundation Grants for area projects, including the new Children’s Hospital Tower, and provided local non-profits with over $1.4 million in advertising and promotional space. You can learn more about our community investment at http://www.coxcaresohio.com
About Cox Media Group Ohio
Cox Media Group Ohio includes the portfolio of the largest media brands in Southwest Ohio. Since 1898 the community has been served by Cox products. Brands include The Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, Journal-News of Butler and Warren Counties, WHIO-TV Channel 7, Cox Digital Marketing, and three radio stations. Cox Media Group Ohio reaches more than 94.1% of the Dayton Metro area each week. For more information see our website at www.coxmediagroupohio.com.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and 11 non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, such as: Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.