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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

CNN: Merry Christmas. You're laid off

Chris Licht, head of CNN, made it official today that layoffs will begin. No one has disclosed how many of the cable channel's 4,000 employees will collect unemployment for the holidays. They will join AMC which canned its CEO and is laying off 20% of its staff.

Television is in turmoil as streaming services replace cable and ad revenues decline amid a recession none dare declare.

Via the Hollywood Reporter, Licht sent this memo to all:

Our people are the heart and soul of this organization. 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. 

Today we will notify a limited number of individuals, largely some of our paid contributors, as part of a recalibrated reporting strategy. Tomorrow, we will notify impacted employees, and tomorrow afternoon I will follow up with more details on these changes. 

It will be a difficult time for everyone. If your job has been impacted, you will learn more through an in-person meeting or via Zoom, depending on your location. In those meetings, you will receive information specific to you about notice period or any severance that would apply, and your anticipated last day. I want to be clear that everyone who is bonus eligible will still receive their 2022 bonuses, which are determined by company performance. 

I know these changes affect both our departing colleagues and those who remain, and we have resources designed to support you. I will include a link to those resources in my follow up email tomorrow. 

Let’s take care of each other this week. 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

The left is aghast to see CNN cut back. Oh, no one really watches CNN. They have ABC, CBS, NBC and the rest to feed them the disinformation, misinformation and talking points they want. But CNN is like the old restaurant you used to frequent. Former patrons are sad to see it go.

Robert Reich, former secretary of labor, was particularly upset to learn that CNN may return to objectivity in reporting the news.

He wrote, "The changes at CNN look politically motivated. That should concern us all."

Actually, it should concern maybe 1% of us because that is at a maximum the percentage of Americans who watch CNN at any time in an average day. Its best shows barely get a million viewers. SpongeBob SquarePants routinely scores larger audiences.

Not so long ago, this did not matter. 

For four decades, CNN was a cash cow. News is cheap to produce and made even cheaper when you ditch covering fires in favor of having talking heads talk about the fires.

People leaving cable is a problem because CNN receives carriage fees from cable companies -- what newspapers would call subscriptions. The fees are based not on how many people watch it but  on how many people get cable. That was a terrific business model that forced people to pay for something they did not want or use.

But all things must pass, and streaming services are making cable's time pass.

Learn to PR. It pays more.

And for an undisclosed number of people at CNN, their time at the news channel is about to pass. 

30 comments:

  1. Deplorable California Refugee in IdahoNovember 30, 2022 at 3:12 PM

    We dropped cable to avoid subsidizing these organizations with their carriage fees. I put an antenna up on the roof like I grew up with. The local network affiliates’ news is nearly as unwatchable as CNN, but at least I’m not sending them money every month for the privilege of not watching them.

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    1. You and me, bruh, I dropped cable, then the dish and installed an antenna on the roof and ain't looked back or regretted it. Too many years of paying for absolute crap, I am not proud of that.
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    2. Dropped cable 15 years ago. Did NOT put up an antenna. Television is a garbage dump at best. A toxic wasteland is less harmful than television.

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    4. Crackpots roasting on an open fire...

      C-could...could this...be the end of CNN?

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  2. We cut cable and went with a. Streaming service. We were watching maybe 10 of almost 150 channels. Saving over $140 a month. Will cut live tv off after college football is over, saving another $50 or so dolars.

    Don Lemón will be the last one left. He can’t be fired.

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    1. Use sling during college football season. $25 a month and a few extra channels thrown in.

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  3. Cut cable years ago. By necessity I have to amazon prime for business.. but that's it for streaming. Love watching CNN squirm, Disney too. 2DC

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      So they locked out favorite songs and when I got a new phone, it was impossible for me to get offline music working.
      Dumped them and got Spotify. Took a bit to get the app to work but nothing is blocked.
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  4. I live off grid in the mtns in a red state. I haul water in barrels, I run a generator for worthy purposes, such as power tools. I haven't owned a TV for more than 30 years. I'd made a decision that I preferred my own programming via books. I keep quite busy with clearing more land and building more gardens. I have a suitable collection of cordless hole punchers for varmint control. This winter I'm building myself a shop to house the tools I buy at farm auctions. TV - pfft! No time no need.

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    1. Well,Brian, without 24/7 electricity, he obviously snailmailed that comment to Don. ;-)
      EN2 SS

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    2. Cordless hole punchers ? I love this blog ! Thanks Don !

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    3. The best comment published in the Surber Blog in 2022. Thank you, and please send more this way when you're inspired to do so.

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    4. Thank you Mr Reed. I have enjoyed your posts for years.
      Brian I have a cell phone. My most important tool is my pickup truck. I recharge my phone there. I also use Ryobi cordless tools because they sell a recharger that plugs into lighter plug. And a cd disc man that works off USB plug, so I can listen to my choices in blues and classic rock without the ED commercials forever on FM radio. It's not for everyone. But I find it tolerable. Happiness is a much easier goal if your needs and desires are in alignment with the world around you. My choices aren't for everyone. But I find them to be quite comfy.

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    5. Love it jael. Enjoy! And loved the cordless hole punch comment. I have those too!

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  5. Still haven't dropped cable because that's the only way I can regularly get Tucker in Canada plus TCM. I also watch quite a bit of French TV and news so I still need cable for that, but it's starting to change. I also pay for two streaming services plus I have Amazon Prime. Not saving a cent here. That said, cable news is terrible and Fox is well on its way to that, too. Streaming will simply replace cable and we'll pick our streaming packages.

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    1. try this on computer, phone, etc and then drop the cable. I use it to watch the five on my computer screen every evening.

      https://ustv247.tv/foxnewslive/

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    1. an't understand why it took this long since they have been in the rating gutter since before Rush passed away.....looks like the big boys got tired finally, of losing their shirts on this investment.

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  7. Never did cable. Well more than six months since I turned the TV on at all.

    Thanks again Don, you watch and report so I don't haveta.

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  8. "But CNN is like the old restaurant you used to frequent. Former patrons are sad to see it go." This made me laugh out loud.

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  9. Yep, cut cable here also, about 2012 or 2013, when Fox News became purely unwatchable leftist trash, with a couple of "Hannity" types to bring in the "dumb conservatives" to pay for it. We got Sling the past two years in October because major league baseball won't show the playoffs on any other forum, except cable (even though we PAY the SOB's for mlb.tv). We dropped it as soon as baseball was over. This year we tried keeping Sling for a little bit longer, before my wife decided that (a) "push" technology sucks, i.e. we don't want to watch the advertising sh*t they want us to watch, on their schedule, and (b) Fox News is trash, even with the occasional Jessie Watters and Tucker Carlson types - they just aren't enough to hold us (because while we know that Hannity is a 100% sold out fake conservative mouthpiece of the GOP establishment, Watters and Carlson still need to toe the line so they don't offend the leftist Murdoch's, who have been playing conservatives for fools for 20+ years. They are compromised, too).

    Anyhow, we'll dump Sling in January, after my wife watches a couple of Christmas movies. We live quite happily without being hammer-fed the crap on cable.

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  10. This is CNN. Do you want fries with that?

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  11. "The fees are based not on how many people watch it but on how many people get cable. That was a terrific business model that forced people to pay for something they did not want or use."


    This describes our current governments.

    You pay for governments' services, whether you want them or not, whether you use them, or not, whether you benefit from them, or not, whether you requested them, or not, whether you agree with them, or not, whether they even exist in reality, not merely on paper, or not, etc.

    The only differences are that you cannot cancel them, and, those who benefit greatly from them do not pay for them at all, whilst those to whom they are a detriment pay the most.

    Added to this are the connivings that hinder even the least inclined to be free of the meddlings of others.

    On a scale of 1 - 10, with, say, commie china, iran, etc., a 10+, and, say, great britain, canada, australia, etc., a 5 - 7, America is at 3 - 4 and moving swiftly to match our moose milker neighbor to the north.

    It is in human nature to build something wonderful, then corrupt it to a bubbling pool of muck.

    The ebb and flow of human history, the wax and wane, the 2 steps forward, then 1 - 2 - 3 steps back, constant, relentless churnings, the hubris of the corrupted, greedy, more is never enough crowds, the illusions so cfaved, leading to confusions, then delusions, on and on we humans manage to slog our ways thru our time in this world.

    To face that this is not Jesus World, is both the horror and the Salvation.

    Solace is found not in this world, but within ourselves, in the love we feel for another and the love we feel another feels for us.

    The song Nature Boy tells the tale, sings to the soul, and, whilst sparing us not at all from the world's horrors, soothes the beasts within.

    So, be as He said, as He is, even just to 1 other, it is sufficient.

    We are small, so very small, He is big, so very, very big.

    Live until your body dies.

    Then see what there is to see, whatever that may be.






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  12. Realize these headlines always occur just before the new year because there's an obscure SEC/accounting rule that if a company is going to take a charge for downsizing in the current year they have to cut the employees in the current year.

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