As part of a major restructuring, a cable channel today laid off dozens of staffers, TVNewser.com reports. In its first layoffs since November 2008, The Weather Channel reportedly cut an estimated 75-80 employees.
The channel’s Atlanta headquarters was hit hardest, according to the report.
The channel confirmed in a statement that it is cutting positions companywide, indicating about 7% of the work force would be impacted.
The company said in the statement: “In late September we began an effort to reorganize our company into business units based around our customers and the products and services we create and deliver to them. This effort was recently concluded and has resulted in the elimination of positions in several divisions of the company. With these organizational changes and our new structure, we are better positioned for future growth. Employees who are directly affected by this position elimination or reorganization are being informed and we are working closely with them through this period of transition.”
The report notes: “In the past few weeks a number of on-air meteorologists announced that they were leaving the company, including 14-year employee Adam Berg and 27-year employee Jeff Morrow. It isn’t clear if their departures are related to the wave of layoffs that hit the channel today.”