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CNN to cut workforce by about 100 as it moves to merge linear and digital newsgathering

by | Jul 10, 2024

CNN Worldwide CEO Mark Thompson unveiled more details of a “one newsroom” strategy to merge linear and digital newsgathering, while he announced that about 100 employees would be impacted by staff reductions, reports Deadline.

The CNN workforce is about 3,500.

Thompson also announced that CNN.com will announce its first subscription product later this year.

“We want to build on CNN.com’s reach with a new focus on engagement and frequency – how long our users spend with us and how often they return – by improving the quality of the product experience and giving users powerful reasons to come back to us more often,” Thompson wrote in a memo to employees. He said that the subscription offerings will be “want to use” paid offerings that will be anchored by lifestyle journalism.

Thompson had signaled staff reductions in a previous memo as it restructures its operation, states Deadline.

He wrote that wherever possible, “we’ve closed open positions rather than target currently occupied roles. However, some of our colleagues will learn today that their jobs are being eliminated or are at risk. The number of colleagues potentially impacted is around a hundred out of a workforce of more than 3,500, but I don’t underestimate the impact this news is likely to have on everyone affected and want to thank them for everything they’ve done for this great news company over the years.”

Thompson was appointed Chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide on Aug. 30, 2023.

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