Plenty of reporters still in their Britney Spears Department though:
CNN, the Cable News Network, announced yesterday that it will cut its entire science, technology, and environment news staff, including Miles Oâ€™Brien, its chief technology and environment correspondent, as well as six executive producers. Mediabistroâ€™s TVNewser broke the story.
â€œWe want to integrate environmental, science and technology reporting into the general editorial structure rather than have a stand alone unit,â€ said CNN spokesperson Barbara Levin. â€œNow that the bulk of our environmental coverage is being offered through the Planet in Peril franchise, which is produced by the Anderson Cooper 360 program, there is no need for a separate unit.â€
A source at the network, who asked not to be named, said the move is a strategic and structural business decision to cut staff, unrelated to the current economic downturn. Financially, â€œCNN is doing very, very well,â€ the source said, and none of the health and medical news staff has been cut. Yet the big question, of course, is whether or not the reorganization will decrease the overall amount of CNNâ€™s science, technology, and environment coverage. CNN says no, but itâ€™s hard to imagine that it wonâ€™tâ€”Anderson Cooper or not, fewer people is fewer people.
(via Gerry Canavan)