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CNN Combining Domestic, International Desks and Bureaus Under Tony Maddox

In a memo to staff this afternoon, CNN/U.S. chief Ken Jautz and CNN International chief Tony Maddox announced a new reporting structure for the domestic and international desks and bureaus as of January 1, 2011.

A spokesperson for CNN says the changes will not result in any layoffs.

We have elected to implement a key recommendation of the One CNN project and combine our international and domestic newsgathering desks and our worldwide bureaus into one group. Tony Maddox will oversee the combined group, which will service CNN, CNNI, cnn.com and all other editorial units and platforms.

Under the new structure, Maddox will oversee all international bureaus, as well as 13 domestic bureaus. CNN’s Washington DC bureau will remain under the leadership of David Bohrman, who will continue to report to Jautz.

The full memo is after the jump.

December 22, 2010

To: CNN Newsgathering Staff

From: Ken Jautz and Tony Maddox
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As we refine CNN’s editorial output, we want to make sure that our newsgathering infrastructure is best positioned to serve the needs of all of our platforms and services.

We have elected to implement a key recommendation of the One CNN project and combine our international and domestic newsgathering desks and our worldwide bureaus into one group. Tony Maddox will oversee the combined group, which will service CNN, CNNI, cnn.com and all other editorial units and platforms.

This, coupled with the arrival of a new Managing Editor in 2011, will help further elevate our editorial mission across platforms, leverage our global reach more appropriately, and help with communication among all of our shows, networks and services.

This change will take effect as of January 1st, 2011. There will be group and individual meetings in the new year as we clarify reporting lines and responsibilities.

We very much appreciate your continued support and can-do attitude as we work through these changes which will best position us for success.

In particular, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Edith Chapin for her sterling work overseeing domestic newsgathering on an interim basis in recent months.

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