Trib Announces Closures Of Daily News, Valley Independent

Dec 16, 2015

Trib Total Media announced Wednesday it will close the Daily News and Valley Independent newspapers by the end of the year.
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Newspapers The Daily News of McKeesport and The Valley Independent in Monessen will close at the end of the month, Trib Total Media officials announced Wednesday.

President and CEO Jennifer Bertetto said in November the company would likely close both papers if they had not been purchased by the end of the year.

In total, 87 employees will be laid off from both newspapers.

Trib Total Media said in a statement that the closures are part of the company’s overall “strategic review of operations.”

The sales follow 68 employee buyouts and more than 150 layoffs issued earlier this year. Employees pegged for layoffs were required as part of their severance to continue their employment with Trib Total Media through Dec. 31.

The city’s competing organization, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, offered 120 of its employees buyouts this past summer, citing weak revenue.