Court TV Cuts 50 Jobs in First Layoffs Since Turner Buy

Jun 20, 2006  •  Post A Comment

About 50 jobs were cut Tuesday at Court TV, the first layoffs since Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting acquired full control of the cable network last month.

Workers in Court TV’s corporate communications, affiliate relations and finance and accounting areas were let go. A Turner spokeswoman declined to say how many workers would lose their jobs as a result of the purchase. The company is expected to finish trimming staff in 60 to 90 days.

Some of Court TV’s New York staffers were offered positions in Turner’s Atlanta headquarters, but turned the jobs down, one executive said.

“As anticipated, in the course of integrating Court TV business operations into the Turner Broadcasting organization, we have identified some job redundancies in areas that overlap with existing Turner infrastructure,” Turner Broadcasting said in a statement. “As a result, some Court TV positions are being eliminated. We are work closely with affected employees to provide transition support and resources.”

Time Warner last month acquired from Liberty Media the 50 percent of Court TV it did not already own.