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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/23/2011 to cut staff, change focus

By Paul Farhi, the much-touted local-news Web site, will reorganize its news staff, change its focus to arts and entertainment and lose about a third of its 36 staff positions.

Under the reorganized structure, some TBD employees will be reassigned to work on a second Web site,, which is also owned by TBD's parent company, Allbritton Communications of Arlington.

TBD began last summer as a bold experiment in local news gathering. In addition to tapping into an extensive network of independent blogs, the site was supposed to make use of the resources of Allbritton's broadcast station, WJLA-TV, and its local cable news operation, Newschannel 8.

Instead, Allbritton has progressively pared back its vision since TBD's launch. Two weeks ago, it handed management of the Web operation to WJLA station manager Bill Lord and restored, the popular Web site it had folded into when the new site launched in August.

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Two weeks after Allbritton Communications' WJLA Channel 7 assumed operations for its startup Web site, the company is eliminating the majority of's jobs, according to an employee with knowledge of the cuts, the Washington Business Journal reports.

All but a handful of the two dozen or so current positions will be eliminated within the next four to six weeks. employees are eligible to apply for eight available jobs, said the employee who asked not to be identified.

Management had scheduled an 11 a.m. meeting to announce the changes.

Read more about changes at WJLA and in the Washington Business Journal.

By Paul Farhi  | February 23, 2011; 11:41 AM ET
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