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Times-Union Publisher Resigns

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Times-Union Publisher Lucy Talley announced her resignation Thursday afternoon.

She'll be leaving the Jacksonville daily to take a job with Hearst Newspapers, according to our Times-Union news partner.

Talley will become group publisher for community newspapers at Hearst.

She told the Times-Union staff in a two p.m. meeting.

"It's a great opportunity for me," Talley said in a story posted on Jacksonville.com. "But I do it with a really heavy heart because of all that has been accomplished here through the folks here -- not because of me but because of everybody who is transforming this company to a new media company. The direction of the company is spot-on."

Last August the paper laid off 39 employees, which at the time accounted for about 9.5% of the paper's workforce.

The Florida Times-Union is owned by Morris Communications, which went through a pre-packed bankruptcy reorganization in 2010.

Talley's resignation follows the retirement in December of long time Times-Union General Manager Robert Martin. Martin served as general manager at the paper for 21 years.

Approximately 600 employees have been laid off at the Times-Union since 2007,  according to an interview with Martin in December. At the time he said there were about 350 remaining employees.

Morris also owns The St. Augustine Record, The Augusta Chronicle and host of other newspapers and businesses.



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