OLD Media Moves

Murdoch says no plans to cut WSJ workforce

August 9, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch stated on an earnings conference call Tuesday that there are no plans to cut the Wall Street Journal workforce after he completes his acquisition of its parent company, Dow Jones & Co.

Wall Street JournalGillian Wee of Bloomberg wrote, “Murdoch said on the call today that the company plans to expand the Journal’s non-business coverage to increase distribution in Europe and Asia and to compete with the New York Times. He said there are no plans to cut Dow Jones’s workforce.

“Pairing Dow Jones ‘with the marketing power and global reach of News Corp. will vastly enhance its brand and extend its reach,’ Murdoch said of the publisher. He also said he plans to sell Dow Jones’s local newspapers ‘very quickly,’ without elaborating.

“The purchase of Dow Jones, expected to be completed in the calendar fourth quarter, may bolster News Corp.’s planned financial news channel. The Fox Business Network will start broadcasting on Oct. 15, News Corp. said last month.

“‘They may need to use their vast resources around the world to help the Journal become a more general news gathering organization,” said Richard Dorfman, managing director at Richard Alan Inc., an investment company in New York. ‘Murdoch recognizes the real home run to be his is the Internet. It’s why they put a new media type valuation on the Journal.'”

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