CNN Politics Cuts More Than a Dozen Positions


More than a dozen employees in CNN’s Digital Politics division learned this week that their positions will be eliminated at the end of the month, Capital has learned.

The employees were told that they would have to re-apply to new positions with new job descriptions, a source told Capital. Time Warner’s careers site currently lists 15 positions related to CNN’s digital politics division, and a CNN spokesman said it will add two more later this week. The spokesman also said that the number of new positions added will be greater than the number of positions eliminated.

The restructuring, which affects employees working for CNN’s digital politics team in D.C., is a consequence of the network’s plan to build a new digital politics product.

In May, CNN hired Ed O’Keefe as vice-president of CNNMoney and Politics. O’Keefe, a veteran network executive, had been editor-in-chief of NowThis News, which spealized in producing short, mobile-friendly videos about news topics. Last week, the network added Rachel Smolkin, formerly managing editor of POLITICO, as executive editor of politics for CNN Digital. (Both POLITICO and Capital New York are owned by Robert Allbritton.)

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SOURCE: Peter Sterne
Capital New York