Nashville Scene lays off editor, cuts staff otherwise

SouthComm, the company that owns the Nashville Scene and Nashville Post, is cutting staff. Among those being laid off is Scene Editor Steve Cavendish.

The announcement in a brief Scene item follows the exit of SouthComm’s founder and CEO, Chris Ferrell. The company has also announced it will sell the Washington City Paper, purchased by SouthComm five years ago.

Cavendish has been with SouthComm since 2011 and also has served as the Scene’s news editor and Washington City Paper’s editor. Also among the cuts is arts editor Laura Hutson, who has held that position since 2011. Taking over in the role of editor will be D. Patrick Rodgers, who has been with the Scene full time since 2009, serving as calendar editor, music editor and, since 2014, managing editor.

“SouthComm is in the midst of a changing of a guard, at all levels of the organization,” said CFO Bob Mahoney. “This announcement is neither the first nor will it be the last. What is not changing is the mission of SouthComm here in Nashville: to provide a variety of first-rate publications tailored to different interests, to provide our readers high-quality, reliable and relevant content, and to provide our advertisers new and creative access to our dynamic city.”

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