Layoffs at CNN…
The Financial Times’ Matthew Garrahan writes about some layoffs at CNN that happened late last year. Garrahan spends an inordinate amount of space focusing on the fact that one of the layoffs was pregnant and two weeks away. Stuff happens. What? They aren’t supposed to lay someone off because they are pregnant? There’s a pregnancy clause to layoffs?
Much more interesting is this on the record quoting Garrahan gets…
CNN has added series from the likes of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, and Morgan Spurlock, an acclaimed documentary maker, and this week it acquired a documentary about the discovery of a fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. It will soon air Chicagoland, a new reality series about Chicago politics.
But departing staff have expressed concern. “It makes you wonder what direction CNN is going in,” said Kim Segal, a supervising producer who left CNN recently after a long career when the network asked her to choose between a cut in pay and a severance package.
Ms Segal supervised much of CNN’s coverage of the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, a ratings winner for the network, as well as Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration. “For 24 years there was nowhere else I wanted to be because of the 24-hour platform we had at CNN,” she said. “I would hate for other programming to get in front of that.”
I would be very very curious to know just how much Segal’s opinion is shared by the rank and file at CNN.