Newsday will be printed and transported to Long Island by The New York Times Co. from its production facility in College Point, Queens, executives said Wednesday.
“We’ve entered into an agreement with The New York Times to handle Newsday’s printing and distribution,” Newsday co-publishers Debby Krenek and Edward Bushey said in an email to employees. “We’re confident that this new arrangement will uphold Newsday’s long-standing commitment to the highest quality production and distribution.”
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Last month, the co-publishers said there are no plans to stop publishing a print edition of Newsday.
Times executive vice president Roland Caputo, in an email to Times employees, said, “I’m very pleased to tell you that we have entered into a multiyear agreement with Newsday . . . This deal will provide meaningful revenue that will help support our broader business goals and our singular journalistic ambitions.”
The agreement with The Times is part of a plan for Newsday to move from its rented headquarters in Melville to a more modern office on Long Island.
Newsday, the commuter newspaper amNewYork and other Newsday Media Group products will begin to be printed in Queens later this year, Krenek and Bushey said.
Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said it would begin doing some printing by March 31.
The decision will mean the loss of 225 full-time jobs and about 300 part-time jobs, according to Local 406 of the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents the affected employees.
Under a labor contract ratified in January, all of the affected workers will receive severance, Local 406 President Michael LaSpina said last month. “A majority of the full-time people will be eligible to work at The Times plant in Queens,” he said in an interview.
Murphy said, “Eligible Newsday employees will be required to go through our normal hiring process.”
This will be the first time in Newsday’s 76-year history that the paper will not be printed in-house.