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The Washington Post has started laying off its employees, just days after billionaire owner Jeff Bezos paid a rare visit to the newspaper's newsroom.
The outlet fired 20 journalists Tuesday, and announced it would leave 30 current job openings unfilled.
Layoffs have been expected at the paper after profits have dropped for the first time in years, and tensions have risen within the editorial team about how the office is run.
Just four days ago Bezos paid a visit to the Post's Washington DC headquarters, a move which comes as rumors have swirled that he is planning to sell the paper and buy the Washington Commanders NFL team instead.
The Washington Post fired 20 journalists Tuesday, and announced it would leave 30 current job openings unfilled.
Jeff Bezos visits the Washington Posts headquarters in Washington DC in 2016
Cuts at the newspaper were first raised by chief operating officer Fred Ryan, who said the company 'cannot keep investing resources in initiatives that do not meet our customers' needs.'
The Post saw annual profit each year after Bezos bought it in 2013, but that upward trend started to wane in 2021 after the Trump years ended.
The paper said it would cut its e-sports and videogame vertical, Launcher, along with its children's section, KidsPost.
But this week's layoffs are far better than the predictions chief operating officer Fred Ryan gave weeks ago when he suggested up to 100 positions could be cut from its newsroom staff of 1,000.
After the layoffs Tuesday, Ryan assured staff that headcounts would remain the same or