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CNN Withdraws Support of NABJ

cnn-logonabj logoNABJ president Bob Butler told the board of the black journalists’ association Friday that CNN has withdrawn its support for NABJ’s 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

The news comes after Butler publicly expressed his concern, including an interview with TVNewser, over CNN’s hiring and employee retention practices of black journalists. CNN underwent a workforce reduction last week that saw the elimination of 300 positions. One of the highest profile mangers at CNN, New York Bureau Chief/VP and NABJ member Darius Walker, was among those cut.

“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” Butler says. “There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”

Network sponsorships are a major source of funding for journalism organizations like NABJ. The loss of CNN’s financial support will likely cost the group upwards of $10,000 and will mean CNN will not be representing at the the group’s career fair in Minneapolis next August.

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Layoffs at CNN Begin

CNNLogo_11.24Layoffs have begun at CNN.

As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.

One of the most high profile departures is Darius Walker, VP and Northeast Bureau Chief based in New York. Walker has been with CNN since 1996, beginning as a senior editor on the international desk in Atlanta. He’s also had stints in the Washington bureau and at CNNfn.

We hear up to 28 jobs are being cut in Washington, D.C., many are news-gathering positions.

The CNN entertainment unit is also being disbanded and staffers in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles are departing. (Correspondent Nischelle Turner left the network last week for “Entertainment Tonight.”)

Mashable reports Christiane Amanpour‘s New York-based staff has also been cut.

“The changes this week are difficult yet necessary,” a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser. “Out of respect for our colleagues directly impacted, we won’t be commenting on specific people or programs.”

CNN is just one of the Turner networks facing cuts that are part of CEO John Martin’s goal to create what he describes as a more “streamlined, nimble and efficient company.”

Developing…

More: Jane Velez Mitchell‘s HLN show has been canceled. All staff will be departing.

The CNN Ticker: Promotions, Amanpour, Upwave

  • HLN has announced the shows that will make up its “Upwave” programming block. They include two cooking shows (including one hosted by “Top Chef” winner Richard Blais. Details after the jump.

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CNN’s New New York Newsroom

The main newsroom at CNN’s New York studios has gotten a face-lift.

The 4th floor newsroom at Time Warner Center is home to New York bureau and newsgathering staffers. It also includes a new studio and flashcams for correspondent reports.

New York bureau chief Darius Walker has his office here, as do correspondents Poppy Harlow, Jason Carroll and Susan Candiotti.

Take a look at the transformation:

Caleb Silver Named CNN’s Director of U.S. Business News

After three years as executive producer for CNNMoney.com, Caleb Silver is joining CNN’s New York bureau as the director of U.S. business news.

In his new role, Silver will oversee the network’s business newsgathering and production, which will include the weekend business shows on CNN as well as business segments across all the network’s platforms.

The move is a return to the New York bureau for Silver, who came to CNN in 2004 as an assignment manager for business news and later became senior producer for “The Situation Room.”

Read the internal memo from New York bureau chief Darius Walker announcing Silver’s hire after the jump.

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Poppy Harlow Joins CNN New York Bureau

CNNMoney.com anchor and correspondent Poppy Harlow is joining CNN’s New York bureau as a general assignment reporter, TVNewser has learned.

Harlow has been with CNNMoney.com since 2007, joining from Forbes.com. She will report to CNN’s New York/Northeast Bureau Chief, Darius Walker. The Gracie award-winning reporter joins the bureau in two weeks.

TVNewser featured Harlow and her multi-platform work at CNNMoney in 2009.

Ali Velshi and Christine Romans Are ‘Odd Couple’ Authors of ‘How to Speak Money’

TVNewser stopped by a book party for “How to Speak Money,” written by CNN anchors Ali Velshi and Christine Romans, last night.

Romans and Velshi were praised by CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz, who called the pair “the odd couple.”

“No names, but one of them is the kid who always has her homework done — her homework,” Jautz joked. “One of them, the dog always ate the homework. One of them gets a little nervous as the chapter deadline approaches, and one of them doesn’t have that problem because he’s not aware that it’s there.”

“Ali’s very into investing, I’m into budgeting,” Romans said. “Ali is a spender, and I am a saver. So the yin and the yang was there for us.”

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Jeanne Moos Celebrates 30 Years at CNN

CNN’s Jeanne Moos celebrated 30 years at the cable news channel yesterday.

CNN New York bureau chief Darius Walker read a note from CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton, and presented Moos with a red velvet cake, Twizzlers and flowers.

During her 30 years at CNN, Moos has covered political corruption at the U.N., the Gulf War, and the events in Tiananmen Square, among many other subjects.

More photos, after the jump.

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Soledad O’Brien Book Party at Russell Simmons Pad

TVNewser stopped by the book party for CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien Friday night at Russell Simmons‘ lower Manhattan apartment .

In The Next Big Story, co-authored by CNN producer Rose Arce, O’Brien takes a page from her award-winning …In America series, and other reporting experiences, and blends her personal story and mixed-race background (Cuban, Irish, Scottish, Long Island-ish) crafting an inspiring story of hope amidst the tragedies that are a staple of the TV news stories she covers.

The party was a mix itself, of hip-hop stars and tvnewsers: Katie Couric, HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, CNN correspondents Alina Cho, Susan Candiotti; CNN SVP Bart Feder, …In America EP  Geraldine Moriba, New York bureau chief Darius Walker, development EP David Doss and newly appointed EP of Piers Morgan‘s show Jonathan Wald were all in attendance.

O’Brien mingled with guests all while getting around with a cane. “It’s a step up from the crutches,” O’Brien told us. She’s still nursing a knee injury after being thrown from a horse in early October. O’Brien will continue the book tour with a stop in New Orleans. That event will be a fundraiser as residents continue to recover from Hurricane Katrina, a story O’Brien covered extensively.

Also at the party:

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