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CNN Laid Off at Least 40 Journalists at End of 2013

According to the Financial Times, CNN let go of more than forty senior journalists at the end of the year, with about half coming from sister network HLN, which Mediaite reported in November. CNN stressed that many of the employees, who worked in the Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles officers, were close to retirement.

The move comes as new president Jeff Zucker attempts a redefinition of the network to include entertainment shows, documentary features, and more.

CNN stressed that it was not depleting its news gathering efforts.

“We’re expanding the definition of news,” a network spokesperson told FT’s Matthew Garrahan. “We’re not abandoning news by any stretch of the imagination…there will be more people working at CNN today than last year.”

[h/t Financial Times]

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