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May 24, 2022

Hearst to cease Bridgeport printing operations, shift work to Albany

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As Hearst Connecticut expands its coverage into Greater Hartford, the company on Tuesday announced it will close its Bridgeport presses and consolidate its printing operations in Albany, New York.

The move will lead to 28 job cuts at the Bridgeport press operation, the company said, but impacted employees were encouraged to apply for other production or distribution jobs within Hearst.

Local print publications will now be printed at Hearst’s Albany Times Union presses, Hearst reported.

Hearst Connecticut publishes eight Connecticut daily newspapers, 13 weeklies and Connecticut Magazine. Its parent company — Hearst Corp. — is a New York City-based mass media and business information conglomerate that has diverse holdings.

In addition to owning 24 dailies and 52 weeklies nationwide (including the San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle), its portfolio includes magazines and TV channels and stations, including stakes in A&E Networks and Bristol sports media giant ESPN.

Hearst Connecticut President and Publisher Mike DeLuca announced the printing changes in a staff memo, according to Hearst.

The decision to shift print operations was influenced in part by the “age and rising maintenance of the 40-year-old printing equipment” in Bridgeport, DeLuca said in the email, according to Hearst. Albany Times Union has newer and more advanced printing presses that will deliver a quality product, Hearst said.

Hearst is the latest Connecticut publisher to move its printing out of Connecticut.

In October 2020, the Hartford Courant announced it would close its Hartford printing operation and outsource its printing to the Springfield Republican in Massachusetts.


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