NYPost: Newhouse co. sends bumbling exec to lay off entire Times-Picayune staff

By Keith J. Kelly

The Newhouse family, which owns publications ranging from Vanity Fair to The Star-Ledger, just gave a lesson on the wrong way to shutter a newspaper.

The New York media dynasty announced a surprise shutdown of the 182-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune last week — and the bumbling executive the family sent to deliver pink slips forgot to introduce himself as he delivered the crushing blow to staffers.

“Thank you for coming today on short notice. I’m going to get right to the point,” the executive began in a May 2 speech, according to a recording of the bizarre incident provided to The Post.

Explaining that the Newhouses’ newspaper chain, Advance Local, had sold the Times-Picayune and its website to rival newspaper New Orleans Advocate, the executive then broke the news that all 161 employees, including 65 journalists, would lose their jobs in 60 days.

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