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CNN boss Chris Licht on Wednesday informed employees that layoffs at the network are underway, according to an internal memo sent to staff.
Why it matters: The layoffs cap off what has been a particularly challenging year for the network and the media industry writ large.
Details: A source familiar with the cuts told Axios that “a couple hundred” people in total will be impacted.
- In a note to staff, Licht said the network began notifying “a limited number of individuals, largely some of our paid contributors,” about the layoffs.
- Impacted employees, Licht said, would be notified tomorrow.
- Licht said he planned to inform the staff about more details regarding staff changes tomorrow.
- Those whose jobs are being impacted will be notified about the changes and severance packages via an in-person meeting or via Zoom. Employees eligible for 2022 bonuses will still receive them, Licht said.
- The network faced a messy legal battle following Zucker’s departure around the handling of its firing of Chris Cuomo.
- Shortly after Licht announced he would take over, CNN’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery killed CNN’s expensive streaming serviceCNN+, which triggered hundreds of layoffs.
Warner Bros. Discovery seeks to continue cutting costs at CNN to pay off some of the debt from its merger earlier this year.
- Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said earlier this month that the ad market is “weaker” now than at any point during the pandemic.
- TV companies are particularly vulnerable, given the rise of cord-cuttingwhich has been accelerated by the pandemic.
Disclosure: The author of this story is a paid contributor to CNN.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional details and to include the disclosure above.