The Fresno Bee has announced it will outsource some of its advertising production jobs to workers in India.
The California newspaper, owned by McClatchy Company, will send seven of its 31 ad production jobs to India, and those currently holding the positions in Fresno will be terminated if they can not be placed in other jobs, said Ken Hatfield, a spokesman for The Bee.
The deal to hire seven people in India is with Express KCS LLC of San Jose, Calif., which has production facilities in New Delhi. Express also handles some production for at least five other California newspapers. The Indian workers will take over the jobs in September.
The move is meant to “serve our advertising customers more effectively, efficiently and economically while focusing our core business: producing relevant and compelling news and advertising information in our newspaper and on our Web sites,” said Ray Steele, publisher and president of the newspaper, in a statement.
Hatfield said that because India's workday happens during nighttime hours in California, it could speed up some production processes.
McClatchy is the third largest newspaper publisher by circulation in the United States.