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Report: CBS News Preparing Another Round of Layoffs, Third Since 2008; Does This Mean a Deal with CNN is Closer?

Jul 13, 2010  •  Post A Comment

CBS News is preparing for its third major round of layoffs since 2008, reports Forbes.com’s The Biz Blog

According to the article, "My understanding is that the cuts are coming this month. I’ve heard this from the highest level," says one producer.

The CBS division most recently cut 75 employees in February, and the report of another round of cuts comes as CBS News and CNN consider merging news operations, the story says. The cuts could come later this month, although it’s unclear if the jobs would be lost on the news side or business side, the report adds.

As the article also noted, "A deal certainly seems to be on the mind of Time Warner chief Jeffrey Bewkes. During a May earnings call he told analysts he foresees a potential ‘structural partnership’ with a cable news provider which could tap ‘real economies of scale on newsgathering.’ He offered no further details, but said a pact with another news outlet was possible within a year.

A CBS representative declined to comment, the article said.

 

4 Comments

  1. Well this is another fine mess CBS has gotten into! Why don’t they just get rid of the 15Mil girl, and spend their money on new itself?

  2. I couldn’t agree more with Red Blanchard!

  3. get rid of the b***h that no one watches. overpaid, out of touch,annoying.

  4. That is really unfair to blame Katie for CBS news problems. She just accepted the offer (like most of us would). The people in charge are the ones who have ruined the once-great news division. And if you had any questions about their leadership, look at what news network they are looking to partner with – The one that is paying a variety show judge $5 million to replace Larry King in the position Katie should be taking over.

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