CNN denies layoffs are coming

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After CNN reportedly cut its staff with 100 employees buyouts, reports are swirling that layoffs are coming next — something the network denies.

  • The changes are reported to be part of a restructuring of the newly formed WarnerMedia.
  • WarnerMedia has already done similar buyouts at HBO and its Turner Broadcasting division.
  • The newly formed company is looking to reduce a whopping $127 billion in debt, according to Deadline.
  • According to some reports and sources, CNN is looking to cut around 300 positions total.
  • That said, only about 100 were cut as a result of voluntary buyouts.
  • Meanwhile, CNN’s media correspondent Brian Stelter got a CNN spokesperson on the record saying “No layoffs.”
  • However, the statement from CNN PR doesn’t exactly get into specifics.
  • It’s also not uncommon for PR departments to deny layoffs — often because they are not aware of them at the time — only to have staff cuts come down the road.
  • Other outlets are accusing Stelter of helping CNN “spin” what are essentially layoffs as buyouts.