The Boston Globe is closing its foreign bureaus as part of the newspaper's efforts to trim costs, editor Martin Baron said today.
The move follows the recent decision by the New York Times Co.'s New England Media Group, of which the Globe is the biggest holding, to offer buyouts to employees to cut some 125 jobs, including 19 in the newsroom and editorial pages. In a memo to staff, Baron said shutting the foreign bureaus avoids cutting about a "dozen or so" additional newsroom jobs.
The Globe, which opened its first foreign bureau in the early 1970s, now has bureaus in Jerusalem, Berlin and Bogota, Colombia. The four reporters in those bureaus will be offered jobs in Boston. The Globe will continue to send reporters and photographers overseas on special projects and for certain major events, Baron said.
(By Robert Gavin, Globe staff)