Austin American-Statesman Enters Agreement with Hearst Newspapers

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AUSTIN, TX – April 30, 2015 –  Cox Media Group’s Austin American-Statesman has entered into an agreement with Hearst Newspapers to move Statesman Media’s printing and packaging operations from Austin to facilities in San Antonio and Houston. The transition will happen over several months starting at the end of June. The final dates will be driven by business needs and outside printing obligations. Approximately 100 jobs at Statesman Media will be eliminated as a result of the change.  All impacted employees are eligible to receive severance pay, benefits continuation and job search assistance.

Austin American-Statesman Publisher Susie Ellwood said, “This strategic business decision allows us to reduce expenses and be more efficient and flexible going forward. And it helps us continue to do what we do best, being the most essential news, information and advertising source for Austin and Central Texas.”

Statesman Media will continue to maintain its portfolio of products, including seven-day print and a full array of digital publications, as well as the transportation and distribution of the print products. Home delivery and single copy distribution areas will not be affected, and the change will have no impact on delivery times.

About Statesman Media
Statesman Media is the premier media company in Central Texas. Its brand portfolio spans print and digital, reaching readers on the smartphone, tablet or laptop platform they prefer. The portfolio includes the Austin American-Statesman, named Newspaper of the Year in both 2013 and 2014 by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors; six community newspapers; Austin360, the entertainment publication; ¡ahora sí!, the Spanish-language newspaper; corresponding websites, statesman.com, mystatesman.com and austin360.com; the digital edition, Statesman ePaper; dynamic apps like Statesman Live and the Austin360 app; and social media feeds, @statesman and @austin360. The print products reach more than 638,000 readers each week, while digital platforms draw 5 million visitors accessing more than 26 million pages each month. The diverse media company also offers commercial printing, packaging and delivery services. Statesman Media owns and manages Statesman Cap10K as well as several community and charitable efforts including Statesman Season for Caring and Statesman Swim Safe for Austin Kids, a local program that teaches at-risk children to swim. Statesman Media is part of Cox Media Group. For more information, contact Ann Poe, VP/Marketing & Audience, at (512) 576-7788.

 About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 59 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.