CNN just laid off a bunch of people.
CNN President Jeff Zucker signaled last week that cuts were coming when he told staffers they’d have to “do less and have to do it with less.”
On Tuesday morning, CNN employees — and those at other Turner Broadcasting networks such as TNT, TBS, and HLN — were informed that staff over 55 years old or with the company for 10 or more years were eligible for a buyout. In a memo obtained by HuffPost, Turner indicated there will be “additional reductions in staff,” presumably layoffs, in addition to the voluntary buyouts.
For CNN, cuts are expected to hit hardest in Atlanta, where the pioneering cable news channel launched and still maintains a large footprint. The network’s center of gravity has since shifted to New York, where Zucker and many top executives are located, and few domestic programs are run out of Atlanta studios. There’s been speculation that CNN might even sell the Atlanta headquarters, though a company spokesman told Brian Stelter, the network’s media reporter, that the rumors were not true.
One of those now leaving CNN is Lisa Desjardins. She posted this goodbye note (but dammit Lisa, taking the first aid kit is just so wrong).