> Update: 5:15pm: From a CNN producer in NY: “Jon Klein’s taking a lot of heat for the layoffs but Jim Walton is the man in charge and lays out budgets and headcount. Sure Klein and others have input on those decisions and who goes but ultimately Walton is the CEO and manager of the budget. Layoffs like these don’t come from Klein.”
I’m hearing a variety of reports of layoffs at CNN in Atlanta. Here are the e-mails and anonymous tips:
> “CNN is getting rid of a chunk of employees in Atlanta…Jonathan Klein continues to destroy that network, employee by employee.”
> “Two more Atlanta EP’s fired at CNN today,” an e-mailer said on Tuesday. “Klein continues to cut staff in Atlanta, and destroy what little programming we had originating here, but the ratings continue to drop in his big push to NY and DC.”
> An e-mailer tells WHAC: “…Producers, directors, and copy editors being shown the door due to staffing cuts…Union-forming rumors are beginning as Atlanta staff tries to combat management’s horrible handling of the latest round of Atlanta downsizing.”
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