100 employees laid off at Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise

Associated Press

Parent company Freedom Communications is laying off about 100 employees at the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

New publisher Richard Mirman, who took over the job in October, announced the layoff to staffers in a memo on Wednesday. The move was first reported by the OC Weekly.

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Mirman says in the memo that the newsrooms will not be affected by the layoffs, nor should the quality of the newspapers.

A message left seeking comment from a Freedom Communications spokesman was not immediately returned.

The layoffs are the latest in a series of staff reductions at the financially struggling Freedom papers. In September, the company stopped production of the Los Angeles Register just five months after it began publication.