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2016-03-31

Alma Media: Alma Regional Media is reorganising its customer service and advertisement production

Alma Media Corporation Press release 31 March 2016, 12:00 noon (EET)

ALMA REGIONAL MEDIA IS REORGANISING ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE AND
ADVERTISEMENT PRODUCTION

Alma Regional Media is reorganising its customer service and
advertisement production functions. The number of employees will be
decreased by 28 in customer service and by 9 in advertisement
production. A total of 20 employees will be laid off, while 17
employees chose to accept the severance package. The statutory
personnel negotiations regarding the impact on employees of the
reorganisation were completed today.

Advertisement production at the newspapers of Alma Regional Media will
be centralised to three regional units: Lapland, Satakunta and
Pirkanmaa. Pirkanmaa will no longer have an advertisement production
unit that is dedicated to one newspaper.

Alma Regional Media has already outsourced most of its advertisement
production, and the share of subcontracted production will now
increase. Advertisement production is one of the functions covered by
the statutory personnel negotiations that were started last autumn.
At the end of the negotiations, the employer reported a workforce
reduction of 70 person-years. The current reduction of 9 persons is
already included in the reported figures.

The transformation of the operating environment also requires new ways
of working in customer service. Electronic services and self-service
tools have become widespread, and new digital media products are also
affecting the needs of our customers. The reduction need among
customer service employees reported at the start of the statutory
personnel negotiations was 34 person-years at most. The negotiations
concerned approximately 50 employees.

Alma Regional Media publishes Aamulehti, Satakunnan Kansa, Lapin
Kansa/Pohjolan Sanomat as well as local and town papers around
Finland. Regional Media also includes the printing press and
distribution house Alma Manu Oy.

For more information, please contact:
Kari Juutilainen, Head of Unit and Senior Vice President, Alma
Regional Media, tel. +358 50 435 4159.

Alma Media in brief

Alma Media is a media company focusing on the service business and
journalistic content. The company's best-known brands are
Kauppalehti, Talouselämä, Affärsvärlden, Iltalehti, Aamulehti,
Etuovi.com and Monster. Alma Media builds sustainable growth for its
customers by utilising the opportunities of digitality, including
information services, system and expert services and advertising
solutions. Alma Media's operations have expanded from Finland to the
Nordic countries, the Baltics and Central Europe. Alma Media employs
approximately 2,500 professionals (excluding delivery personnel), of
whom approximately 30% work outside Finland. Alma Media's revenue in
2015 was EUR 291.5 million. Alma Media's share is listed on NASDAQ
Helsinki. Read more at www.almamedia.com.

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