CNN layoffs: Tons of impacted as CNN lays off staff; ends reside programming on HLN
Warner Bros Discovery-owned CNN has executed sweeping layoffs as a part of its cost-cutting technique, in accordance with a report. It has additionally carried out a sequence of adjustments that impacted a number of divisions throughout the information organisation, together with ending reside programming on HLN community, the corporate’s chief govt, Chris Licht, stated in a memo to staff.
“The adjustments we’re making immediately are obligatory and can make us stronger and higher positioned to put massive bets going ahead with out concern of failure,” Licht wrote in his memo.
As per the CNN report, the layoffs, which began Wednesday and have been anticipated to impression a whole lot of staff, largely had been accomplished by Thursday afternoon. Whereas the variety of staff that have been let go has not been disclosed, it’s understood that the cuts focused a number of areas of the corporate, together with some on-air expertise and members of administration.
So far as the reside programming on HLN is anxious, which ends on December 6, it’s learnt that HLN will as a substitute simulcast “CNN This Morning” and, Licht stated, HLN’s crime programming will transfer beneath the purview of Kathleen Finch, a programming govt at Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s mum or dad firm.
Licht stated that the community was additionally shifting its strategy to paid contributors, after chopping from its steady of commentators on Wednesday, the report stated. “In some areas, we are going to rely extra on our CNN journalists,” Licht wrote.
“General, we are going to have interaction contributors who’re subject-matter specialists that increase and diversify the viewpoints we carry our viewers,” he stated.
Different adjustments, as per Licht, embrace CNN Worldwide “reorganizing a few of its groups and bureaus.” Efficient instantly, CNN Worldwide’s 5 pm ET present “will likely be changed by a simulcast of CNN US for that half hour,” he added.
In the meantime, CNN en Español, Licht stated, will transfer to diversify its viewers past information.
Licht additionally introduced a number of different divisions have been present process restructuring, together with US newsgathering, operations, analysis, artistic advertising, and programming.
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