CNN Cuts 50 Staff Members

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NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) — About 50 CNN employees in offices throughout the United States were laid off after a three-year internal work process analysis, company officials said.

The Friday layoffs hit offices in Atlanta, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Miami as CNN aims to make its editing and production facilities more efficient, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The company’s live production unit in Washington was downsized as well.

CNN’s archive library will be centralized in Atlanta while the library in Washington will be downsized and the New York library closed entirely.

“We anticipate that the number of positions in the overall organization in the next six months will remain roughly flat with what we had this past year,” said a CNN spokesperson.

In an e-mail message sent to staff Friday, CNN Senior Vice President Jack Womack detailed the work review process and reorganization, noting there will be an increase in user-generated content.

“Now that we have completed this three-year review, we believe that we have the right resources in the right places and the proper staffing at [CNN] Image + Sound, and that the unit is well-positioned to have an even more positive impact on our networks and platforms,” Womack wrote.

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