The hits keep on coming at CNN as the anti-Trump propaganda network moves to reduce its workforce as declining ratings and a loss of credibility reverberate throughout the organization.
Following last week’s announcement that the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” had whacked an entire division only a month after employees were given their pink slips which were announced as “voluntary buyouts” the ax has fallen again; this time across the pond.
CNN’s latest downsizing news comes from jolly old England where cutbacks in fake news content have resulted in the termination of London based correspondents who will reportedly be allowed to apply for other jobs with one big catch – they would have to pack up their families and relocate to the network’s Atlanta headquarters.
It wasn’t that long ago when the CNN brass rebutted the “crazy rumors” of impending layoffs but after the release of the Mueller report, it looks like the decision to devote 24/7 coverage to hatemongering and Trump hating conspiracy theories may have been a bad business model.
CNN preparing to make cuts at London-based news operation https://t.co/5fKfsVFWJs
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) May 28, 2019
Via The Guardian, “CNN preparing to make cuts at London-based news operation”:
The announcement was made by Jeff Zucker, the CNN boss, at a “town hall” meeting on Tuesday in the company’s office in central London.
Staff, including some managers whose shows were affected, were given no advance warning of the announcement, according to some of those present. Zucker told them that the international channel was losing $10m (£8m) a year, according to those present.
The cuts come shortly after the longstanding CNN International boss Tony Maddox unexpectedly announced he was leaving the station earlier this month.
Viewers of CNN International will see less material produced in London in the short term, with the total amount to be cut by 90 minutes a day.
The channel, aimed at a global audience, will instead show more simulcasts of the main US CNN network, extra repeats of the flagship Christiane Amanpour programme and additional programming produced out of CNN’s Abu Dhabi office, according to staff at the meeting.
London-based shows such as the discussion programme CNN Talk will be cut completely as the company focuses its British office on its online offering at the expense of its traditional TV channels.
CNN has found itself at the heart of a battle between Donald Trump and the media, with the channel being labeled “fake news” by the US president in press conferences.
Viewers who had been hooked on hate and were anticipating that Mueller’s witch hunt would culminate with the president and his family members being frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs as was promised to them by the talking heads on CNN were faced with the grim reality that they had been lied to and those with any sense tuned out.
The once respectable and critically acclaimed network was on a downward trajectory well before the focus on psychological operations for the attempted coup against Trump, who could possibly forget the ridiculous saturation coverage of that missing Malaysian airliner or the Alabama teenager who mysteriously vanished during a vacation in Aruba?
While Mueller’s surprise media appearance on Wednesday will keep the impeachment fantasy alive for the dead-enders, they are dwindling in numbers which doesn’t bode well for CNN employees going forward.