Clear Channel trimming 590 jobs

Associated Press / April 29, 2009
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SAN ANTONIO - Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of US radio stations, said yesterday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities whose identities weren't disclosed, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and lower advertising budgets.

Clear Channel's parent company, CC Media Holdings Inc., also said it will suspend its 401(k) match for all employees for the rest of the year, starting Friday. However, if the company hits 90 percent of its budget goals at the end of the year, the matches will be retroactively restored, a company spokeswoman said.

The latest cuts represent 2.7 percent of company's total workforce of 22,100. They affect operational jobs like engineering, accounting, and customer service, all in the radio division. The company also has an outdoor advertising division, which sells items like billboard space and wasn't affected by the job cuts.

The previous cuts of 1,850 jobs came in January and were also in the radio division, mostly in sales.