FishbowlDC is reporting that the recently merged Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call is in the process of a huge staffing cut right now. A total of 44 editorial positions, with one group from the CQ side losing 25. You’ll recall that RC purchased CQ back in late July, so it’s little surprise that people who were at CQ were more likely to be shown the door.
Two major players in DC’s political journalism are now one major player. Yesterday, Roll Call Group announced its purches of Congressional Quarterly Inc. for an unnamed price. The companies will combine under the name of CQ-Roll Call group and control a significant share of political coverage on the Hill. There’s no word yet on how the buy-out will effect either companies’ publications, although the official closing date is still several monthes away. Major changes may be in the works, but only time will tell.