A few weeks ago, rumors were swirling about an approaching round of layoffs at CNN. The network’s media reporter Brian Stelter denied the reports at the time, but now they are apparently here.
FOX News reports:
Struggling CNN lays off health unit staffers as headcount reduction moves forward
Sanjay Gupta is safe, but much of the rest of CNN’s Atlanta-based staff that covers health care found out Tuesday they are getting pink slips — only a few weeks after the network called mass layoffs a “crazy rumor.”
Specific details were not yet known, but a source told Fox News that “basically the whole division” will lose their jobs.
CNN did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
TVNewser, a media watchdog site started by CNN’s Brian Stelter, managed to get confirmation from the network — just in time for a Friday news dump.
“As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit,” a CNN spokesperson told TVNewser’s A.J. Katz.
Many health department staffers met with human resources on Tuesday. Katz noted that correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is also safe.
Staffers are shocked, as the health department is considered successful and CNN recently declared that no layoffs were imminent.
Here’s what Brian Stelter tweeted out earlier this month:
There's a rumor making the rounds today about big impending layoffs at CNN. A CNN spokeswoman is knocking it down on the record: "No layoffs." There WERE voluntary buyouts throughout the organization, and about 100 people opted for it.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 6, 2019
They have known this was coming. Here’s what a senior producer told MRCTV earlier this month:
‘Everybody is bracing for a reorganization,’ a longtime senior producer told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘There are all kinds of rumors about impending layoffs. Some think they will come this summer. Others say a big layoff won’t happen until after the election. All agree layoffs are coming, though.’
‘We keep getting told no layoffs are pending,’ another senior producer said. ‘But CNN routinely has layoffs, so I think everyone thinks it’s coming.’
That sounds pretty clear, doesn’t it?