CNN and HLN “laid off more than 40 senior journalists in its newsgathering operation” at the end of 2013, Matthew Garrahan reports in the Financial Times.
The cuts “coincide with changes to the network’s programming,” Garrahan writes. CNN President Jeff Zucker “has hired new presenters and diversified CNN’s output, adding documentary and reality series to its traditional live news coverage.”
The layoffs were concentrated in Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Garrahan reports.
A CNN spokesperson said it would add about 100 people to its headcount this year, adding that the network was investing in journalism. “We’re expanding the definition of news,” she said. “We’re not abandoning news by any stretch of the imagination . . . there will be more people working at CNN today than last year.”
Last November The Wrap reported CNN had laid off producers as “part of a plan to restructure the cable news network’s approach to entertainment coverage.” FTV Live reported on some cuts Dec. 23.