Another main spherical of ESPN layoffs seems to be coming quickly. (Kristoffer Tripplaar photograph)
ESPN had been reported to be planning to fireside 40 to 60 staff, someday in late November or early December. However, that quantity could possibly be far increased, with the community’s flagship program, “SportsCenter,” bearing the brunt.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, who cited “multiple sources,” ESPN is ready to let go of over 100 staffers after Thanksgiving. The layoffs will reportedly embrace on-air expertise, in addition to executives, producers and staff on digital platforms.
Deitsch wrote that the “SportsCenter franchise is expected to be hit hard” by the layoffs. He additionally famous that this would be the third episode of main personnel upheaval on the community previously two years.
In October 2015, ESPN started a course of that resulted in round 300 staff, about 4 p.c of its workforce, shedding their jobs. To many viewers, that was the primary signal that the sports-media behemoth was feeling a monetary pinch, each from rising rights charges to sports activities occasions and from a shrinking subscriber base.
That spherical of layoffs principally focused producers, editors and different behind-the-scenes staffers, however one other one in April noticed the firings of dozens of on-air personalities and well-known reporters. “Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent — anchors, badysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play — necessary to meet those demands,” ESPN president John Skipper stated in a press release on the time.
ESPN has but to supply a touch upon Thursday’s report. Earlier within the day, Walt Disney Co., which owns ESPN, reported lower-than-expected quarterly income and revenue.
According to Reuters, Walt Disney’s cable enterprise, together with ESPN and the Disney Channel, fell beneath badysts’ expectations, albeit solely barely. In response to the cord-cutting that has eaten into each cable community’s subscriber base, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger stated Thursday new streaming service referred to as ESPN Plus will launch within the spring.
“We have never lost our confidence in ESPN,” Iger informed Adweek. “We are launching a new morning program on the linear channel, and we think new technologies in the marketplace are great for us.”
(H/T Awful Announcing)
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