Washington Put up appoints William Lewis as CEO; to cut back headcount by 10%

Washington Put up appoints William Lewis as CEO; to cut back headcount by 10%

Washington Post appoints William Lewis as CEO; to reduce headcount by 10%
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The newspaper’s banner brand is seen throughout the grand opening of the Washington Put up newsroom in Washington January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Picture

By Helen Coster

(Reuters) -William Lewis, the previous Dow Jones chief govt and writer of The Wall Road Journal has been named chief govt and writer of The Washington Put up, the Put up mentioned on Saturday.

The Washington Put up mentioned that it’s projected to finish the yr taking a $100 million loss. The writer added that executives are providing buyouts throughout the corporate in an effort to cut back its head depend by about 10 p.c, the newsroom is predicted to shrink to about 940 journalists.

Lewis’s appointment comes at a time when the media trade is grappling with a sluggish promoting market, low belief in information, and developments in generative AI know-how that threaten to upend how folks discover and eat data.

Lewis is ready to tackle his duties from Jan. 2, 2024, changing Patty Stonesifer, who grew to become interim chief govt in June. The Put up is owned by billionaire Amazon.com (NASDAQ:) founder Jeff Bezos.

In keeping with an Oct. 10 e-mail despatched by Stonesifer to employees and seen by Reuters, after conducting a assessment Stonesifer and senior management decided that the Put up’s prior projections for web site visitors, subscriptions and promoting progress for the previous two years and into 2024 have been “overly optimistic.” It is unclear why these projections have been off.

Stonesifer had changed Fred Ryan, who stepped down in August after a nine-year stint as writer and CEO.

Throughout Ryan’s tenure, the Put up boosted its digital subscriptions, gained 13 Pulitzer Prizes and launched the Arc XP (NASDAQ:) cloud-based digital platform that serves greater than 1,900 websites in 28 international locations, based on the corporate in June.

In an article masking Ryan’s departure, the Put up reported that almost all of its income now comes from its digital enterprise, and it has about 2.5 million digital subscribers, a shift from when Ryan was employed in September 2014 and nearly all of income got here from its print enterprise.

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