National Geographics announces layoffs

The National Geographic Society dismissed 180 employees and instituted other cuts before Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox had to decide who would be discharged upon seizing control of the organization on Nov. 16. “I think we were able to offer a very generous severance package,” chief executive Gary Knell  said.

Under a deal announced in September, the nonprofit organization will effectively sell the magazine and its books, maps and digital properties to a partnership run by Fox. The society will continue as an educational charity but will retain 27 percent of the for-profit partnership, whose most valuable asset is the National Geographic cable TV channel. Fox has had majority control of the channel for 18 years.

In addition to layoffs that amounted to 9 percent of the 2,000-member staff, an unspecified number will receive buyout offers.

Only four employees will lose their jobs at National Geographic magazine and its digital newsroom, said Declan Moore, a veteran National Geographic Society executive who will become chief executive of the Fox partnership, known as National Geographic Partners. But dozens more will be laid off in departments and services that Fox will provide to the partnership: legal, accounting, personnel and technology, among others.

AIM Media acquires Indiana dailies

AIM Media Indiana acquired Home News Enterprises, LLC of Columbus, Indiana from the Brown family for an undisclosed sum.

AIM will now operate all of Home News Enterprises’ print and online publishing assets, including four dailies; The Republic in Columbus, The Daily Reporter in Greenfield, The Daily Journal in Franklin and The Tribune in Seymour; two weeklies, The Times Post in Pedleton and The Brown County Democrat in Nashville.

The sale also included a variety of other weekly, monthly and shopper publications, related websites and a commercial printing business.

“The Brown family has demonstrated extraordinary commitment, support and leadership to these local communities throughout their six generations of ownership,” Jeremy L. Halbreich, chairman and CEO of AIM. “It is our goal and desire to continue this community service. Jeffrey N. Brown will continue in his role as president and CEO after the acquisition.

Canon U.S.A. Launches 42-Inch Océ ColorWave 810, 910 Digital Wide-Format Printers

Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the launch of two new printers, the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 systems. The successors to the Océ ColorWave 900 printer are the fastest digital 42-inch wide format color printers on the market, with speeds of up to 10,000 square feet/hr. regardless of image complexity, ink coverage or media type. As part of ongoing collaborations and partnerships with customers, these second generation Océ ColorWave printers have been refined and enhanced with the needs of both in-house printers and Print Service Providers (PSP) in mind. The new single pass inkjet printers deliver superb functionality and exceptional performance to the high-volume print market.

The next-generation devices have evolved as a strong choice for PSPs in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), CAD and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environments, allowing flexible printing from a single unit in both black and white and color. Integrating seamlessly into existing workflows with a range of finishing options and supporting software, the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 printers offer high-volume output at fast turnarounds for optimum productivity.

Also seamlessly placed to serve dynamic retail environments, the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 printers are ideal for short-term sales campaigns. The robust system architecture provides fast and continuous printing and instant-dry prints that are ready to use immediately. Capable of replacing multiple digital printers, both systems are extremely productive, offering a practical color alternative to traditional wide format devices.

Other key benefits of the new models include sharper lines, increased render resolution, grayscale printing and a larger range of media handling capabilities to improve both quality and precision of output. Hardware updates to the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 systems include a new controller with four times the memory, a CPU with almost double the performance for speed and agility in busy environments, and an Adobe PDF Print Engine for faster ripping of complex PDFs. Additionally, delivery of 3.4 billion drops of 1.2 pico-liters of aqueous ink per second enable the new systems to have significantly lower ink usage than similar technologies.

A new intuitive touchscreen UI panel with brighter colors and clear operator visible traffic lights (Green-Orange-Red) enhances usability and simplifies routine tasks—saving time and reducing mistakes in production environments. As a result, the ColorWave 810 and 910 systems are two of the most hassle-free and user-friendly wide-format printers the market today.

Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., commented, “The first generation of the revolutionary Océ ColorWave 900 series, the Océ ColorWave 900, radically changed how our customers produce large format prints. Even with these performance gains, we still were not satisfied. So we worked closely with our customers to better understand how to improve their production workflows further. The result is the highly productive second generation Océ ColorWave 910 and 810 printing systems. These are designed to handle highly productive and demanding production environments where multiple operators are simultaneously sending print jobs.”