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Reports: Major layoffs to hit ESPN

March 23, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The following excerpt was sent out from www.sportspromedia.com:

Sports broadcasting giant ESPN is preparing to make significant staff layoffs as part of Disney’s restructuring operation, according to multiple reports.

Last month, Disney chief executive Bob Iger announced the media giant would cut 7,000 jobs to achieve US $5.5 billion in cost savings, with the elimination of jobs to be made across the company’s various units. The New York Post reports that ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro has now briefed heads of departments to make their divisions as efficient as possible, with no target number in place for the number of employees needed to be let go.

The newspaper adds that scrutiny will be placed across all of the broadcaster’s operations, with everyone from on-air personalities to high-ranking executives at risk of losing their jobs. The cuts are expected to occur by the end of April or early May.

The network has previously undergone several rounds of layoffs over the last ten years. Most recently, the broadcaster cut 300 jobs and chose not to fill 200 positions during the pandemic.

In 2017, ESPN let go of 250 employees across two rounds of cuts, including a sizeable number of on-air talents. Front Office Sports (FOS) reports that the upcoming layoffs may not be considered as severe as it was six years ago.

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