Tampa Bay Times announces temporary pay cut for full-time staff

A note from executives cites a tough start to the year.
The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building is seen Dec. 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building is seen Dec. 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Feb. 26, 2020|Updated Feb. 26, 2020

Citing a tough start to the year financially, the Tampa Bay Times announced Wednesday that all full-time staffers will temporarily have their pay cut by 10 percent.

The pay cut goes into effect next week and ends on June 5, according to a note distributed to staff and signed by the executive team.

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The five executives — Chairman and CEO Paul Tash, Executive Vice President and General Manager Joe DeLuca, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Conan Gallaty, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing Bruce Faulmann and Executive Editor Mark Katches — all will take a 15 percent pay cut in that time period.

“This step is regrettable but necessary because revenues are falling short, a little in circulation and more seriously in advertising,” the note to staff said. “While we anticipated declines in print advertising, they are deeper than we expected, primarily in display advertising for some large accounts. Our sales teams are working diligently to preserve that business while finding new customers. But the growth of new accounts has not made up for the losses.”

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Staffers affected by the pay cut will be given an extra five days of paid time off.

The executive team said it is reviewing all expenses and “additional reductions in staffing are likely.”

“Any observer will quickly see how challenging and volatile our industry has become,” the note said. “We remain committed to the critical changes that will put the Tampa Bay Times back on a path of growth, and we are seeing some pockets of success, both in the industry and at the Times.