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Layoffs in CNN’s Washington Bureau

Approximately a dozen CNN employees in the Washington D.C. bureau have been laid off. We understand that new editorial positions are being created across all CNN programming. The network’s Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist sent a note to D.C. staff late this afternoon.

Our sister site TVNewser broke the news. Read more about company-wide layoffs here.

How it affects Washington…Feist wrote, “As these changes take place, we must also recognize the contributions of a number of people leaving CNN Washington. Some members of the Live Unit will be leaving. Earlier today, Jack Womack detailed changes taking place in Image + Sound and some of those changes will also impact our Photojournalist staffing in Washington. Separately the CNN Library is centralizing some of its core functions to Atlanta, which will impact some Library positions in Washington.I realize that these transitions can be very difficult and create many questions. However,we believe that the changes we are making here in Washington and across CNN will make us even stronger going forward.”

See Feist’s complete memo…

Today ends a week of many changes here in the Washington Bureau.

We announced earlier this week that Eric Sherling will join us to oversee our shows as the Director of Washington Programming. We also announced the formation of two new Washington beats – Crime & Justice and Aviation & Regulation – and posted new roles to support these beats.

Additionally, today we are announcing the reorganization of the Live Production Unit. As I mentioned during our first bureau meeting, one of my top priorities is to leverage our distinct news gathering advantage. When we break news, it is essential that it be showcased across our networks and platforms. This unit, re-named the Cross Platform Programming Unit, will be at the heart of this effort.  As we organize this unit, we are posting the roles of Executive Producer and Senior Producer.

As these changes take place, we must also recognize the contributions of a number of people leaving CNN Washington. Some members of the Live Unit will be leaving. Earlier today, Jack Womack detailed changes taking place in Image + Sound and some of those changes will also impact our Photojournalist staffing in Washington.Separately the CNN Library is centralizing some of its core functions to Atlanta, which will impact some Library positions inWashington.

I realize that these transitions can be very difficult and create many questions. However,we believe that the changes we are making here in Washington and across CNN will make us even stronger going forward.

Edith and I, as well as leaders in I+S, will be meeting with individual units today and Monday to answer your questions. And, I look forward to hosting our next quarterly bureau meeting in the coming weeks. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to me in person or by email.

Thank you for all that you do for our bureau and for CNN.

Sam

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