CNN lays off hundreds of employees

December 1, 2022

CNN has laid off hundreds of employees just weeks before Christmas.

It's the latest reshuffling to hit the troubled far-left network since its new boss, Chris Licht, took the reins with a mission to tone down CNN's sharply partisan tone.

CNN lays off hundreds

In a companywide memo, Licht said the network would be "shifting our approach to paid contributors" by relying more on CNN journalists to provide analysis, among other changes.

"Our goal throughout the strategic review process has been to better align our people, processes and resources with our future priorities, strengthen our ability to deliver on CNN’s core journalistic mission and enable us to innovate in the years ahead," he said.

CNN will also suspend all live programming for its sister channel HLN, Licht said. He gave a shout-out to longtime HLN anchor Robin Meade, who he called an "exceptionally popular anchor."

Noted anti-Trump journalist Chris Cillizza was also among those let go.

"My time at CNN was an absolute blast. I got to work with smart and dedicated journalists every day. I'm sad it's at an end but also excited about what the future holds for me," Cillizza tweeted.

CNN's woes continue

The scandal-plagued network has struggled with ratings since the Trump presidency ended, and Licht has been under pressure to make cuts by CNN's parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.

Licht took the reins from the ultra-partisan Jeff Zucker, who was ousted over an inappropriate workplace relationship.

Under Licht, CNN has fired prominent anti-Trump journalists like Brian Stelter and John Harwood and pulled the plug on a short-lived digital streaming platform, CNN+, that flopped.

In his memo to the company, Licht thanked those let go from the network for their "tireless service."

"To our departing colleagues, I want to express my gratitude for your dedicated and tireless service and for your many contributions to CNN," Licht wrote.

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