CNN chief Jeff Zucker told the cable news channel’s employees last week that the network is “going to do less and have to do it with less,” reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
He made the remarks during a news meeting Tuesday morning, with the publication receiving a partial transcript from an employee of Turner, CNN’s parent.
The publication reports: “Zucker made his comments to staff the day after Turner chief John Martin sent a memo to staff saying a more streamlined company would be in place by the start of next year and that employees would begin hearing more in coming weeks. Turner executives are trying to refocus the business, including shedding costs, spending more on original programming to boost ratings and looking to prioritize other growth options.”
According to the transcript, Zucker said, “We now have a sense of what Turner is expecting from CNN. I am working with the senior management team at CNN to figure out what this means for us. This will result in changes [in] what we do and what we stop doing.”