Vox Media is making a variety of cutbacks in reaction to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Vox itself, the digital media business owns homes including Curbed, Eater, Recode, SB Nation and The Verge– and it
obtained New york city Publication in 2015. In a staff memo acquired by TechCrunch( and others), CEO Jim Bankoff described a number of cost-cutting measures– but no outright layoffs. The steps including furloughing 9%of employees from May 1 to July 31. Bankoff said this will include some employees in sales, sales assistance, production, events, IT and office operations, together with editorial staff at SB Country and Suppressed. He likewise said impacted staff members will maintain their company health insurance during this duration. In addition, the business is freezing earnings through the end of 2020,
pausing its 401K match, lowering hours for 1%of staff members and cutting salaries throughout the very same three-month furlough duration for employees making more than$130,000 each year– the cuts start at 15%, with Bankoff and Vox Media President Pam Wasserstein taking a 50 %wage reduction. In explaining the layoffs, Bankoff pointed to the broader economic collapse caused by the pandemic, with the significant reduction in advertisement spending, which has actually led lots of other media companies to reveal layoffs and/or wage decreases. Bankoff wrote: We have actually already seen a decrease in our service. Weak point in March, driven by the cancellations of SXSW and March
Madness, the collapse of travel, sports and fashion-related marketing, and other aspects led us to miss our revenue goals by numerous million dollars in the first quarter; the effect will be significantly greater in the 2nd quarter. While revealing the seriousness of this decrease, it’s also crucial to understand that we will rebound. We don’t understand when or to what level a rebound will take place. I ‘d be satisfied if it happened quickly, however we can not wager our company on these hopes.
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