Patch Lays Off Two-Thirds Of Company, Including Westchester Staffers

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New Patch owners Hale Global laid off as much as two-thirds of its editorial staff nationally Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Two weeks after AOL gave up its controlling interest in its hyperlocal news website network, Patch, new owners Hale Global laid off as much as two-thirds of its editorial staff nationally, according to Business Insider.

Business Insider reported that Patch's Connecticut staff had been reduced from around 100 to around just five editorial employees. It did not state how many New York reporters had been let go.

Patch's nationwide network will reportedly shrink from nearly 1,000 active sites to just 250. The remaining sites will aggregate stories or turn to local bloggers for help, according to the article.

As many as 400 more employees were laid off in the first round of "restructuring" in August 2013.

Click here to read the full Business Insider report.

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JstDaFcts:

Finding hyperlocal news is nearly impossible. See if you can find any Scarsdale news on the Scarsdale Daily Voice site. Maybe the DV should just call all its sites the Westchester Daily Voice and stop the fakery.

anlyan:

I am sorry to hear this as I go to Patch to find the hyperlocal news in this big news marketplace.

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