More Difficulties in Denver Media

January 21 2009, 10:52 AM
It's not just newspapers and television stations that are struggling in this economy. Add commercial radio to the list. Texas-based Clear Channel, which runs eight of Denver's radio stations--from KBCO/97.3 FM to KOA/850 AM--is trimming its workforce by 9 percent, as Westword reports. Most of the "bloodletting" involves people behind the scenes. Meanwhile, the Schenkein public relations agency, once one of Denver's biggest, will shut down by the end of January, putting the company's last 10 employees out of work, writes the Denver Business Journal. In the realm of newspapers, union employees at The Denver Post have agreed to discuss contract concessions after an auditor determined that the Denver Newspaper Agency needs to make cuts to avoid possible bankruptcy, according to the Rocky Mountain News. And southern Colorado's eyes and ears at the state Capitol, Pueblo Chieftain reporter Charles Ashby, will be laid off after the current legislative session, notes The Colorado Independent, which laments newspapers' declining ability to report on government affairs.