Here Media Fires at Least a Third of PlanetOut Staffers

After officially “merging” (aka snapping up assets for half-pennies on the dollar) last week with PlanetOut, Paul Colichman’s newly minted Here Media (together with Here Networks and Regent Entertainment Media) has slashed at least a third of the staff at its newly acquired target, home of Gay.com and PlanetOut.com. The pink slips at PlanetOut were given Monday and are effective tomorrow. One report says the actual number of firings is equal to half the staff, across editorial and business/ad sales operations. But don’t begrudge the new boss: Not only are layoffs all but expected in merges, media is suffering a stroke in this economy, and costs need to be cut.