The new site will be powered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and will be the region’s source for the best in news, sports, arts, entertainment, food and dining, politics, commentary, business and community coverage.
Richmond Media Group, which owns The Times-Dispatch, also announced it is eliminating 12 positions as part of an expense-reduction initiative related to the ongoing transition to a multimedia environment. One employee whose job was cut will remain with the company in a different role.
The cuts represent about 2 percent of the company’s workforce of 546 full- and part-time employees. None of the jobs eliminated were in the newsroom.
The company said it is reducing expenses as it begins planning for 2015 based on revenue performance and projections. Despite the reductions, the company said it will continue to publish The Times-Dispatch seven days a week while improving its digital products.
The digital centerpiece will be Richmond.com, which the company said “will be the source for what Richmonders are passionate about and also serve as a broader launching pad for new initiatives.”
The new site will feature the award-winning news coverage that readers have come to expect on TimesDispatch.com. It also will include engaging and witty arts and entertainment coverage found on the current Richmond.com.
“The new Richmond.com will touch readers in the community every day,” the company said in a statement. “It will propel itself further as the resource for what matters to RVA, which is an exciting proposition for the region.”
The company said it decided to announce the move in advance of the change in hopes of involving readers, communities of interests and advertisers in finding ways that Richmond
.com can excel at serving central Virginia.
Richmond Media Group said it will consider hiring opportunities in 2015. The company noted it has hired about 120 people to fill open positions since it was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway in 2012, and that it has added positions to the news and advertising departments during that time.
The company’s other properties include The Mechanicsville Local, Powhatan Today, The Goochland Gazette, The King William Local and Cumberland Today.