BloombergTV and CNN cut the cord on dozens of employees; plus, Karl Lagerfeld sorry Tina Brown’s got such a ‘shitty little paper’
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Layoffs hit two cable news networks yesterday as a result of structural re-organizations, and TV Newser had the scoop on both.
The bad news came first for Bloomberg TV, which laid off up to 30 newsroom staffers "as the company shifts to a digital-centric newsroom," Chris Ariens reported. "As TV employees are cut, Bloomberg plans to add 13 new positions and create a Digital Video Desk focused on moving video productions to web platforms, including tablets, smartphones and desktops."
Later in the day, Alex Weprin broke the news that CNN, after laying off dozens of employees nationwide last fall, has cut a few dozen more jobs in its two documentary units as it moves toward a model that will rely more heavily on outside production companies.
“We are transitioning to an acquisition model for documentary production, in addition to continuing to produce some original long-form programming, such as CNN’s In America series,” a CNN rep told him in a statement. “By working with leading documentarians throughout the world, we will be able to expand the scope of documentaries on CNN and create an even greater impact."
In other news...
Felix Gillette goes long on BuzzFeed. [Businessweek]
How staffers of The Onion fought to stay in New York. [The Atlantic Wire]
More on the Murdoch scandal. [NPR]
Patch ignored early advice that one journalist per site was not enough. [NewspaperTurnaround]
Karl Lagerfield: "I'm sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at 'Vanity Fair,' to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I'm sorry." [W.W.D.]
Why the Gingrich camp barred the national media from a press avail. [BuzzFeed]
How the Army tried to scrub the accused Afghanistan shooter from the web. [Danger Room]
Jeff Roberts cautions New York businesses about .nyc domains. [paidContent]