Report: ABC News Revamp Of D.C. Bureau Cuts Staffers But Adds New Editorial Positions
March 19, 2015 at 5:09 AM (PT)
THE WRAP is reporting cuts at ABC NEWS in the WASHINGTON bureau, where "about a dozen employees" were laid off WEDNESDAY, according to the site. The network is, however, also adding "roughly the same number of positions" in editorial capacities as the operation realigns.
Bureau Chief JONATHAN WEINBERGER said in a memo obtained by THE WRAP that the company is launching "a new approach to the way we operate, unifying the Bureau into a single team serving every platform within ABC NEWS," meaning that it will "unfortunately have to redefine some jobs and say goodbye to some of our colleagues, as we’ll need fewer people in some operations, engineering and general assignment editorial posts."
But the additions in editorial, the memo says, represents a "doub(ling) down" on editorial content "by investing in our editorial operation, reallocating resources towards our specialists -- people with in-depth knowledge of specific areas, who are well-sourced in our most important beats." The realignment, which mimics the changes in the network's Global Affairs team, will result in over a dozen job openings being posted next week.