CNN to Cut Costs, Lay Off Staff by Year's End: 'These Changes Will Not Be Easy'


CNN has halted their live programming on HLN as CEO Chris Licht thanked show host and face of the network Robin Meade in a memo sent to staff Thursday.

“I want to take a moment to thank Robin Meade — she is not only an exceptionally popular anchor, but also one of the longest-running morning hosts in history,” Licht wrote in the memo outlining the playoffs and restructuring the outlet is undergoing. “I know the HLN audience will miss her and the other HLN talent.”

The change, which will take effect Dec. 6, marks an end to “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” hosted by the anchor, who has been at the network since 2001. In its place, CNN’s longtime sister channel will instead simulcast “CNN This Morning.” Per Licht, HLN Crime programming will move under WBD Networks and will be led by Kathleen Finch as it merges with ID.

CNN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for clarification on if Meade will stay at the network following this change.

The change to HLN, which was once known as CNN Headline News, marks yet another shakeup at CNN since Licht took over the network in the spring, as the network undergoes layoffs and restructuring.

CNN International has also been impacted by the most recent changes, with the 5:00-5:30 pm ET show being replaced by a simulcast of CNN US for that half hour, effective immediately.

Licht also mentioned some less tangible structural changes, including “restructuring across some of our beats, realigning resources to staff up in some units and in more areas around the country,” which the CEO says will help “deliver on our goal of covering the United States more broadly.”

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The head of the network also said CNN is “shifting our approach to paid contributors,” after some paid contributors were notified about whether they were impacted by the network’s layoffs Wednesday.

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In a Wednesday morning memo Licht said full-time employees will be informed of their status on Thursday. He addressed departing colleagues in the Thursday memo, stating “I want to express my gratitude for your dedicated and tireless service and for your many contributions to CNN.”


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