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Sport ESPN announces 300 layoffs, largest workforce reduction ever for company

17:21  05 november  2020
17:21  05 november  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

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ESPN has started the process of laying off nearly 300 staffers as the company evaluates its “continued strategic evolution” in a changing TV landscape. ESPN chief John Skipper told employees in a memo that the Disney-owned sports powerhouse was implementing a reorganization designed to

ESPN announced its latest round of layoffs on Wednesday morning — 100 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including dozens of on-air personalities. The former is something every media company is doing, and the latter is something that has for years been a huge problem at ESPN .

ESPN is trying to navigate uncertain circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the company announced on Thursday that it is laying off hundreds of employees.

ESPN continues to dramatically cut back the number of employees working for the network. © Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports ESPN continues to dramatically cut back the number of employees working for the network.

In an internal memo obtained by Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro announced that 300 employees have been laid off. ESPN is also eliminating 200 job positions that were previously open, resulting in a reduced workforce of 500. That reduction is the largest in company history.

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ESPN announced its latest round of layoffs on Wednesday morning — 100 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including dozens of on-air personalities. The former is something every media company is doing, and the latter is something that has for years been a huge problem at ESPN .

Soccer writer at ESPN FC David Hirshey’s exit was announced by proxy in the form of a tweet from Sports on ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald is among them: The layoffs are an attempt by ESPN to evolve in the In October 2015, ESPN laid off around 300 people who worked behind the scenes.

Here’s the full memo:

The layoffs are all impacting behind-the-scenes staffers, according to McCarthy.

There was also a chance ESPN was going to ask some of its top talent to take pay cuts, though it’s unclear if that has happened. The network lost another one of its top on-air personalities last month, as Keith Olbermann announced he was let out of his contract to launch a political show on YouTube.

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ESPN announced its latest round of layoffs on Wednesday morning — 100 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including dozens of on-air personalities. In the immediate aftermath, accusations began to fly about why the almighty ESPN had to lay off employees. "It's because of its liberal politics!

ESPN has announced the 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. editions of SportsCenter on ESPNews will be cancelled as of Thursday. Earlier in the month sources within ESPN said they expected some front-facing television talent to be part of this round of layoffs —including on the SportsCenter side.

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