As CNN USA nears its first month broadcasting out of its new headquarters in Hudson Yards, news has come to CNN Commentary that the network’s international arm is effectively ending its TV output from London. The reduction is slated to cut at least 90 minutes of programming from London, with simulcasts of CNN USA to air for now.
A source with knowledge of the abrupt shift told us that in many instances, employees have been encouraged to re-apply for their positions.
CNN International has some of its flagship programs in London, including Amanpour. and Hala Gorani Tonight, both anchored by veteran anchors Christiane Amanpour and Hala Gorani.
This news comes on the heels of CNN buying out 100 employees, including CNNI’s chief Tony Maddox, who announced he was leaving after 21 years.
At the time of the reported buyouts and impending layoffs, CNN vehemently denied the report. Vice president Allison Gollust said, “There are no mass layoffs at CNN. I have no idea where that crazy rumor came from.” Since that statement, the network has laid off its Health reporting unit and has now relocated its London programming and displaced many staffers.
A request for comment from CNN was not immediately returned.