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Media General Closes DC Bureau

Media General is closing its Washington bureau March 27, along with its associated site mgwashington.com. All six employees in the bureau have been offered severance packages.

“We very much regret having to take this step,” said Publishing President Graham Woodlief. “However, as the economy continues to contract, and businesses and consumers continue to reduce spending, our advertising revenues have been adversely affected at unprecedented levels. While the Publishing Division reduced expenses in 2008 by 8 percent, excluding severance, we must continue to find ways to align our costs with the available revenue.”

The bureau has provided DC news and features to all of Media General’s newspapers, stations and Websites for 30 years. In 2008, it was reorganized into a multimedia team.

Also in a cost-cutting move, Media General announced last month it was implementing mandatory 10-day employee furloughs.

The Richmond-based company owns 19 TV stations.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.