The Enquirer’s top two sports editors are resigning from the newspaper, and 26 other staffers reportedly are ready to depart soon.
Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Barry Forbis and Deputy Sports Editor Rory Glynn announced their resignations last week in separate emails to fellow staffers.
Forbis, whose resignation becomes effective April 4, is leaving to join Fox Sports as a deputy managing editor in Los Angeles.
In his email, Forbis wrote, “It’s a talented group, the job pays pretty well, and, uh, it’s L.A., so I’d have to consider it even if everything were perfect here.
It’s not, of course, but you know as well as I do the challenges we have faced and the challenges you will continue to face.”
Glynn announced his departure in an email to the sports staff; he said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Online Sports Content Manager Nick Hurm will replace the editors on a temporary basis.
As part of reductions mandated by its owner, The Gannett Co., The Enquirer has laid off about 150 workers during the past two years. Also, employees have had to take five unpaid furloughs during the past three years.
In related news, details are emerging about who applied for a voluntary “early retirement” buyout proposal designed to rid the company of some older and more highly paid employees.
Sources at The Enquirer said the buyout would affect six people in the advertising department, one person in the online/digital content department and 19 people in the newsroom, including some well-known names.
Under the deal, newspaper employees who are age 56 or older and have at least 20 years of service are eligible.