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CNN Layoffs Hit HLN, Contributors and Newsgathering – The Hollywood Reporter

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Forty It has been in existence for many years. Ted TurnerHLN is exiting the live television business.

The CNN Original name: offshoot Headline News, cancelled all live programming. The channel’s crime-focused documentary series has been merged with WBD channel # ID under. Kathleen Finch.

The Part of wider layoffs, the HLN shakeup took place Thursday CNN WorldwideAs CEO Chris Licht In an economic environment that is becoming increasingly difficult, the company seeks to reduce costs.

“Our goal throughout the strategic review process has been to better align our people, processes and resources with our future priorities, strengthen our ability to deliver on CNN’s core journalistic mission and enable us to innovate in the years ahead,” Licht In a memo, inform staff Thursday afternoon. “At the highest level, the goal is to direct our resources to best serve and grow audiences for our core news programming and products.”

And As you can see, the core is CNN. Its ancillary network networks are feeling the brunt, most notably HLN.

With The changes have resulted in HLN cancelling its morning show. Morning Express With Robin Meade.

Meade has anchored HLN’s morning programming since 2005, and it was routinely the most popular programming on the channel. While These shows draw a smaller audience than MSNBC’s morning programs. Fox News Its fast pace is reflected in the broadcast networks as well as sister channel CNN. Meade’s steady presence kept a small set of viewers tuning in.

“I want to take a moment to thank Robin Meade— she is not only an exceptionally popular anchor, but also one of the longest-running morning hosts in history,” Licht Submitted Thursday. “I know the HLN audience will miss her and the other HLN talent.”

HLN will simultancast CNN This Morning Moving forward

But CNN International Also, the reorganization of the 5 p.m. program saw it move to a CNN U.S. simulcast. And CNN en Español, Licht It promises it “expand its audience by diversifying the network’s programming beyond news,” Most likely, by leaning onto SpanishWBD may also provide -language content. The For now, the network will still be able to provide news but Licht They will also add that “develop a far more robust digital platform for CNNE with the aim of launching it in 2024.”

The CNN contributor ranks were slashed Licht A new focus: “In some areas, we will rely more on our CNN journalists. Overall, we will engage contributors who are subject-matter experts that expand and diversify the viewpoints we bring our audience.”

And There were also cuts in newsgathering though Licht They write that they are “realigning resources to staff up in some units and in more areas around the country.”

“This will help us deliver on our goal of covering the United States more broadly,” He adds. “Many of the staff reductions in Newsgathering will be offset by the addition of new roles to best serve our audience across platforms.”

The Overarching theme: Licht’s memo was CNN’s news “core.” HLN’s limited live programming and crime shows made no sense. CNN en Español is clearly in the midst of being transformed into a digital news outlet, while shifting contributor ranks to be smaller in size and more focused on subject matter experts is meant to bolster live news reporting, rather than punditry.

Licht’s full memo is below.

December 1, 2022 

To My CNN colleagues 

As Yesterday’s note promised that I would provide an overview of all the changes we made to the company. Our goal throughout the strategic review process has been to better align our people, processes and resources with our future priorities, strengthen our ability to deliver on CNN’s core journalistic mission and enable us to innovate in the years ahead. At The highest level of our news programs, our goal is to maximize our audience growth and serve them best. 

To In order to achieve these goals, we will reduce the number of open positions, redesign our workflows, and align our staffing, investments, and focus our attention on three key strategic priorities: digital, newsgathering, and programming. All Our business’s core is strengthened by our decisions. 

While It is impossible to capture all roles in one email. I would like to talk about the larger changes we are making. 

HLN 

Beginning December 6. CNN will no more produce live programming on HLN, but instead will broadcast CNN simultaneously This Morning. HLN Crime Programming will be moved under the WBD Networks Be led by Kathleen Finch and will be merged together with ID. I’d like to take a minute to say thank you Robin Meade— she is not only an exceptionally popular anchor, but also one of the longest-running morning hosts in history. I know that the HLN audience will mourn her and other HLN talents. 

CNN International 

CNN International Reorganizing some of its departments and bureaus, the 5:00-5.30 ET show is being replaced by a simulcast on CNN US. This will take effect for half an hour. 

CNN en Español 

CNNE’s linear network will seek to expand its audience by diversifying the network’s programming beyond news. We CNNE will continue to produce news. In the coming year, CNNE will work to create a more robust digital platform with the goal of launching it by 2024. We We believe that investing will help us to grow and serve our country better. SpanishWe will continue to provide more information on this topic for the 2023 English-language news audience. 

U.S. Newsgathering 

We Restructuring is taking place in some of the beats. We have realigned resources to increase staffing in some areas. This This will allow us to achieve our goal of covering all aspects of the United States More broadly. Many The staff reductions in Newsgathering New roles will be created to better serve our audience across all platforms. 

Contributors 

We We are also changing our approach to paid contributors. In In certain areas, we will be more dependent on CNN journalists. OverallWe will be engaging contributors who are experts in their subject matter to expand and diversify our audience’s perspectives. 

Programming 

Our Programming teams will see some cuts in show staffs, and in some cases the combination of teams to cover our weekend and dayside lineups. 

Creative Marketing 

The Creative Marketing Team will see a general reduction in size, realignment around production in-house and consolidation of creative and strategy positions in New York. Roles This will help to support the work of our digital and growth marketing teams. 

Research 

Research is reorganizing to focus resources on CNN’s core businesses to optimize our recently integrated Digital Analytics and Data Science teams. 

Operations 

The Operations Teams are being restructured to adapt to the changes occurring in other units within the organization.   

CNN Digital 

CNN Digital To ensure that they are best suited for the future, we conducted an exercise in the fall. They The changes were made and there have been no more impacts. 

The The changes that we make today are essential and will help us be more confident and better equipped to place large bets moving forward, without fear of failing. 

To My colleagues who are leaving me, I would like to thank you for your tireless service and many contributions to CNN. To All employees, I want you to know that it is important to take the time to be successful. You Find resources that can help you now Here. On the evening of April 15, I will hold a town hall. Tuesday We will answer your questions anonymously Here. 

I am proud of this CNN team, and together we will ensure CNN continues to be the world’s most vital source of news and information. 

Chris 

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