Sixteen CNN employees based in Atlanta have been laid off, a CNN source confirmed to Poynter Thursday by email.
TV Newser reported those released include photojournalists and video editors from the company’s image and sound unit:
The division employs 450 people. An insider tells us at least 160 positions are set to change in some way due to new technologies.
The Wrap notes the firings come as CNN enjoys a viewership surge from its heavy coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. CNN’s coverage drew average weekly ratings on par with that for the 2012 U.S. presidential election.