‘Everyone Is shocked’: CBS News hit hard by layoffs

‘Everyone Is shocked’: CBS News hit hard by layoffs

[Ed. – Really? What, they thought they indispensable? ‘Essential’?]

“I’m really sorry,” network president Susan Zirinsky said Wednesday on an all-staff Zoom meeting about the cuts. “There is not a person who won’t be missed.”

CBS News was hit hard by a round of corporate cost-cutting that saw “a single-digit percentage” of the network’s news staffers laid off, according to an estimate given by network president Susan Zirinsky during a Wednesday afternoon all-hands conference.

Based on the size of the news network — which totals more than 500 staffers — employees did the back-of-the-envelope math and estimated that about 50 staffers were cut, though the network has not said specifically how many were affected.

“Everyone is shocked,” a CBS News staffer tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Zirinsky said in a memo earlier Wednesday that management “had to make some extremely difficult decisions” due to “the economic fallout from the pandemic.”…

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