CNN boss Chris Licht continued to scrub home on the embattled cable information community, zeroing in on the podcast division.
The community minimize “a small quantity” of individuals in its audio unit because the it continues to refine its technique for the division, a CNN insider confirmed to The Publish on Wednesday.
The insider mentioned eight employees have been fired, coming from the editorial and gross sales divisions.
“Audio is a crucial progress space for the corporate,” a CNN rep instructed The Publish. “Over the past a number of years we’ve realized quite a bit in regards to the matters and productions that the majority resonate with our audiences. Because of this, we’ve refined our technique to focus our assets extra particularly in these areas.”
Licht has been tasked with trimming the fats at CNN and reorienting the community to extra easy reporting versus left-leaning punditry amid declining rankings.
The modifications come as CNN mum or dad Warner Bros. Discovery works to shave $3 billion in prices by 2023. Roughly 300 staffers have been let go when WBD shut CNN’s month-old streaming service, CNN+. whereas different layoffs have come from HBO Max’s non-scripted division, and TBS/TNT’s scripted models and gross sales groups.
CNN made a giant push into audio in February 2020 with a brand new management crew and a programming slate that included three new podcasts. In current weeks, it introduced an Anderson Cooper-hosted podcast on grieving, “All There Is with Anderson Cooper.”
The lineup additionally consists of “CNN 5 Issues,” “Chasing Life With Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” and “The Axe Information With David Axelrod.”
CNN mentioned no modifications have been made to the present slate.
Licht has made a slew of daring strikes in current weeks as he makes his mark on the community. Just lately, he moved primetime anchor Don Lemon to a brand new morning present he’ll co-host with Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow. He additionally shifted Jake Tapper to Lemon’s 9 p.m. slot on a brief foundation as he reworks the community’s primetime lineup.
Different headline-grabbing selections embrace ousting left-leaning journalists like Brian Stelter, John Harwood and Jeffrey Toobin.
Information of Tuesday’s layoffs have been first reported by Insider.