The Alabama Media Group today announced it will cut most employees’ pay for the rest of the year and require them to take additional, unpaid furloughs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic effects on the news industry.
The company, which owns Al.com and publishes The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and the Press Register in Mobile, announced it will require employees outside newsrooms and production to take two weeks of furlough. Newsroom employees will take one week of furlough.
The company also announced it will cut employee pay between 2 percent and 20 percent from May through December. The percentage is higher for employees who earn more.
Advance Local, parent company of the Alabama Media Group, is implementing similar cuts across the company. It also owns media companies and websites in Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.
The pandemic effect has been felt across every sector of life, affecting advertising revenue from retail stores to restaurants to public events. This happened at the same time that more than 200,000 Alabamians have filed for unemployment over the last month.