CNN to Begin New Round of Layoffs as Ratings Continue to Plummet

CNN to Begin New Round of Layoffs as Ratings Continue to Plummet

New CNN CEO Chris Licht told employees in an email that a brand new round of layoffs is underway. CNN’s most recent round of layoffs was in September, wherein Brian Stelter was fired Don Lemon was demoted.

The email states “Our people are the heart and soul of this organization. It is incredibly hard to say goodbye to any one member of the CNN team, much less many. I recently described this process as a gut punch, because I know that is how it feels for all of us.

“Today we will notify a limited number of individuals, largely some of our paid contributors, as part of a recalibrated reporting strategy.

“Tomorrow, we will notify impacted employees, and tomorrow afternoon I will follow up with more details on these changes. It will be a difficult time for everyone. If your job has been impacted, you will learn more through an in-person meeting or via Zoom, depending on your location. In those meetings, you will receive information specific to you about notice period or any severance that would apply, and your anticipated last day. I want to be clear that everyone who is bonus eligible will still receive their 2022 bonuses, which are determined by company performance,” the email states.

“I know these changes affect both our departing colleagues and those who remain, and we have resources designed to support you. I will include a link to those resources in my follow up email tomorrow. Let’s take care of each other this week,” it concludes.

CNN has said that it is seeking a “middle ground” since new President Chris Licht took over in February after Jeff Zucker was forced out of the position due to an affair scandal. Licht said in June that he wanted to reduce the partisanship of its programs.


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