ESPN Expects to Part with 100 Sports Journalists in Content Strategy Shift
27 Abril, 2017, 18:26
The list of on-air talent and beat writers reportedly leaving ESPN as part of the layoffs-some of whom announced their own departures via social media-includes longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder, as well as NHL columnist Scott Burnside, and NHL broadcaster Pierre LeBrun, according to a running list compiled by Sports Illustrated.
Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer had worked nine years with ESPN before he was let go on Wednesday. A source told CNNMoney that ESPN also plans to cut a limited number of additional off-air employees.
Reporters and on-air personalities are among the roughly 100 ESPN employees who are expected to lose their jobs this week, in a cost-cutting move at the network that has lost millions of subscribers in recent years.
ESPN has been facing a slump in revenue that's most easily traced to cord-cutting by former cable subscribers, in an era of sharply shifting habits both for sports fans and for television viewers in general.
It was not immediately clear who was losing their jobs.
In his memo to employees, ESPN's Skipper cited shifts "in technology and fan behavior" while noting that "changes" to the network's talent lineup will take effect this week.
"These decisions impact talented people who have done great work for our company", Skipper continued.
Long-time NFL reporter Ed Werder was among the first to announce he had been laid off, on the eve of the NFL draft, no less (he had been assigned to cover the New Orleans Saints at the league's annual selection meeting).
Numerous people who were laid off were coming to the end of their contracts and did not want to accept large pay cuts, the source said. Several reports have indicated that several ESPN personalities approached the network about taking voluntary pay cuts or redoing their contracts in order to save their jobs.
Kanell, who has been with the network as a college football analyst since 2010 and co-hosted a radio show with Ryen Russillo since 2015: "Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years".
"ESPN is arguably one of the greatest success stories in the history of modern media", Miller added.