Fox trumpets CNN staff cuts
By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links
The Fox owned cable channel that airs “Hannity” is quite excited about a bunch of people at CNN losing their jobs.
- Fox has been reporting on the staff cuts at CNN — honing in on the fact the network is cutting staff at the same time it moved into a “lavish” new headquarters in New York City.
- To rub salt in the wound, Fox’s online version of the story also notes that CNN is “ratings challenged.”
- Fox’s former parent company’s sale of assets to Disney triggered thousands of layoffs — far more than the number of jobs eliminated through buyouts at CNN or its sister companies.
- Though the layoffs were initiated by new owner Disney, it was widely expected that the merger would trigger job losses before it went through.
- In fact, most mergers cite increased efficiency, reorganization and removing duplicative positions as an advantage to a merger when trying to sell shareholders on the idea.
- Meanwhile, media mogul Rupert Murdoch saw his own wealth rise by an estimated $4.3 billion between the time the sale to Disney was announced and it went through, according to Forbes.
- Shortly after the massive spike in Murdoch’s fortune, scores of his former employees lost their jobs.
- The cuts at CNN and its sister companies holdings were triggered by the recent acquisition by AT&T, which formed the new corporate entity WarnerMedia.
- Cuts were widely anticipated as a result of the sale.
- It’s also worth noting that CNN’s move to Hudson Yards has been in the works for years, so the timing of the cuts and move to a multimillion dollar new building, while certainly bad from an optics standpoint, are not directly related.
- WarnerMedia is likely required to meet certain obligations in terms of both moving out of its old space and occupying the new building.
- Further AT&T has also opted to sell the Hudson Yards building — and lease it back — in order to help pay down WarnerMedia’s $170 billion in debt that is still around after the merger.
- Back in 2018, Fox commentator Charles Payne also seemed to take a different tune on layoffs at GM.
- “Listen, it’s not a bad thing. These other products cost a lot more money and they have fatter profit margins,” he said.