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HLN Hit With Show Cancellations, Layoffs as Part of Brand Repositioning (TheWrap)
HLN has cancelled three shows as it prepares to unveil its new schedule and “re-position the brand,” the network announced on Monday. In the first major change in new channel head Albie Hecht’s reign, a memo obtained by TheWrap said an unspecified number of staffers will be laid off: “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult,” Hecht wrote. “A handful of our family members will be impacted by today’s news.” Those family members are the staffs of Raising America, Now in America and Evening Express, which have been cancelled. Capital New York An unspecified number of staffers for the channel in New York and its Atlanta headquarters are affected by the moves. “These changes serve as a principal step as we continue to re-position the brand,” Hecht wrote in an email to HLN staff obtained by Capital New York. TVNewser Beginning Nov. 18, the shows will be replaced by a four-hour block of News Now from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, anchored by a rotation of Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul and Lynn Berry. Variety In the past, the network has moved from offering a digest of the day’s news under the name CNN Headline News to featuring personality-driven programming as well as intense coverage of buzzy legal cases winding through the courts.