ESPN Lays off around 100 Anchors, Reporters and Writers

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ESPN Lays off around 100 Anchors, Reporters and Writers

Post by Chieftain2009 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:56 pm

ESPN is laying off about 100 anchors, reporters, analysts and production staffers, sources tell Sporting News.

One of them is respected, well-known NFL insider Ed Werder.

ESPN NHL columnist Scott Burnside also tweeted he's done at ESPN after 13 years.

Most of the laid off employees got the bad news by phone Wednesday morning. Among the other ESPNers publicly confirming they were laid off:

-- College basketball reporter Dana O'Neil.

-- ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald.

-- Hockey writer Joe McDonald.

-- Big Ten reporter Austin Ward

-- Soccer writer Mike Goodman

-- Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun

-- Titans beat reporter Paul Kuharsky

The Hollywood Reporter said anchor Hannah Storm, "Baseball Tonight" host Karl Ravech and Ryen Russillo will see their roles "significantly reduced."

About half of the layoffs will include well-known on-air TV/Radio talents, say sources. The rest will be behind-the-scenes writers and staffers not as familiar to viewers.

ESPN president John Skipper confirmed the “difficult” decision in a memo to staff Wednesday morning.

"A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions. Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster…and as always, must be efficient and nimble," wrote Skipper.

"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, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play—necessary to meet those demands. We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week. A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be posted to fill various needs."

The big questions moving forward are who is losing their jobs, and why. Worried anchors, analysts and play-by-play announcers are calling their agents and each other to see who's in and who's out. As usual with corporate layoffs, no executives appear to be included on the list.

"It's like the panic in needle park," said one source. "Everybody's running around like chickens without a head."

James Andrew Miller, author of "Those Guys Have all the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN," tweeted the corporate bloodletting has left some longtime employees "frozen" and in a state of "shock."

Commendably, ESPN won’t release the names of on-air talent losing their high-profile jobs. That will enable these people to break the news to family, friends and colleagues in their own time and their own way.

Many of these TV talents have multi-year contracts. ESPN is buying out some contracts and not renewing others, said another source.


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Re: ESPN Lays off around 100 Anchors, Reporters and Writers

Post by cbolt » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:25 am

There is a rumor Mark May was cut loose, but I think it is just a joke :(

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Post by Chieftain2009 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:42 am

One can only hope!
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Re: ESPN Lays off around 100 Anchors, Reporters and Writers

Post by 1987chieftains » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:22 am

they could get rid of a lot more.
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Post by noreply66 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:13 pm

cbolt wrote:There is a rumor Mark May was cut loose, but I think it is just a joke :(
a joke for a joker of a guy
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Re: ESPN Lays off around 100 Anchors, Reporters and Writers

Post by X8XOHIOLEGENDX7X » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:41 am

Let more go.
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