ESPN announces more job cuts: 150 employees to have positions eliminated

Joanna Estrada
November 29, 2017

ESPN president John Skipper on Wednesday announced that roughly 150 staffers are being laid off in the company's third employee purge in two years.

The letter also stated the employees facing the job termination will be assisted "as much as possible in this hard moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services". They will also appreciate your support.

Plus, it hired National Basketball Association news-breaker Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo and brought in on-air personality Katie Nolan after her Fox Sports career petered out, mostly for use on the digital side.

The sports broadcaster has about 8,000 employees worldwide. The layoffs will hit positions across the company including producers, executives and digital and technology staffers. But ESPN is also locked into costly long-term TV deals with sports leagues.

Earlier in the month sources within ESPN said they expected some front-facing television talent to be part of this round of layoffs-including on the SportsCenter side. Deitsch says the plan now is for ESPN to not re-sign expiring contracts of Sports Center anchors.

Faced with a declining subscriber base and increasing sports-rights costs, ESPN laid off around 300 employees - many of them working behind the scenes - in October 2015.

ESPN has announced another round of job cuts with approximately 150 people having their positions eliminated this time. The network has lost $1 billion in revenue after losing 13 million subscribers in six years.

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