November 10, 2011 / 4:51 PM / 8 years ago

Toronto Star publisher to cut jobs - sources

TORONTO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Torstar , publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest daily newspaper, is offering immediate buyouts to editorial staff and plans to outsource ad-building, layout and editing duties, three Star journalists said on Thursday.

The Star wants to offer immediate redundancy packages, reporter Richard Brennan wrote on his Twitter account.

A second source, who declined to be identified, said the newspaper was planning a “major trim” of staff to be completed by the end of the year.

The Star had been set to outsource some of the jobs earlier but agreed to a union proposal that reduced its operating costs, said a third source, who also said the Star was moving to outsource jobs.

The publisher of the Star, John Cruickshank, has called three town hall-style meetings to discuss the move with employees on Thursday and Friday.

The company was not immediately available to comment.

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