ESPN to Lay Off On-Air Talent


Disney-owned sports brand finalizing list of people, TheWrap learns


By Tony Maglio

Monday March 6, 2017

No highlights here: ESPN plans to lay off a number of its on-air talent.

While the looming cuts will come from across-the-board and throughout the Disney-owned sports brand, they will only affect the talking heads you’ve seen on TV. In other words, behind-the-scenes staffers should not worry for their jobs today.

“We have long been about serving fans and innovating to create the best content for them,” the company said in a statement. “Today’s fans consume content in many different ways and we are in a continuous process of adapting to change and improving what we do. Inevitably that has consequences for how we utilize our talent. We are confident that ESPN will continue to have a roster of talent that is unequaled in sports.”


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