With the holiday season approaching, it is beginning to look like the “worldwide leader in news” is giving Ebenezer Scrooge a run for his money in the cruelty department.
That’s because the new boss of the network has sent out a rather startling email to the entire CNN staff, warning them of some grim days ahead.
Cable news giant CNN will be hit by layoffs Wednesday and Thursday, part of continued cost-cutting by parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, which is trying to integrate the legacy WarnerMedia businesses (like CNN) and the Discovery businesses.
In a memo Wednesday morning, CNN CEO Chris Licht wrote that the channel will inform paid contributors Wednesday as part of a new reporting strategy, with full time employees being informed of their status on Thursday.
“It will be a difficult time for everyone,” Licht wrote.
And that wasn’t all:
“Our people are the heart and soul of this organization,” the executive added. “It is incredibly hard to say goodbye to any one member of the CNN team, much less many. I recently described this process as a gut punch, because I know that is how it feels for all of us.”
CNN has been consistently shedding viewership for years, as their liberal bias has caused ratings to plummet and advertisers to flee during this period of American conservatism’s growth.