By Chris Ariens, [email protected] October 14, 2014 3:43 PM
Layoffs have begun at CNN.
As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.
One of the most high profile departures is Darius Walker, VP and Northeast Bureau Chief based in New York. Walker has been with CNN since 1996, beginning as a senior editor on the international desk in Atlanta. He’s also had stints in the Washington bureau and at CNNfn.
We hear up to 28 jobs are being cut in Washington, D.C., many are news-gathering positions.
The CNN entertainment unit is also being disbanded and staffers in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles are departing. (Correspondent Nischelle Turner left the network last week for “Entertainment Tonight.”)
“The changes this week are difficult yet necessary,” a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser. “Out of respect for our colleagues directly impacted, we won’t be commenting on specific people or programs.”
Two more of CNN’s specialty half-hour shows have been canceled, TVNewser has learned.
We’re told Gupta and correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will focus on medical breaking news, field reporting, and documentaries for the network. The medical unit is being restructured and some staffers have been cut as part of the larger ongoing layoffs happening at the network.
As for Romans, she will continue co-anchoring “Early Start,” and remains CNN’s chief business correspondent contributing business stories across CNN. TVNewser was also first to report CNN had cancelled its sports show “Unguarded.”