Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CNN International restructuring its international desk in Atlanta responsible for news gathering; some positions moved to other offices.

CNN International (DStv 401) is reportedly axing its entire international desk in Atlanta - about 30 people and including desk editors - who have been responsible for international news gathering and liaising the roster of international correspondents.

CNN International says this is not true. "No headcount will be lost.  A small number of positions will be reallocated to other offices as part of our evolving news gathering needs, but Atlanta remains the home of our international desk".

Deborah Rayner, the senior vice president of international news gathering, TV and Digital at CNN International told the staff - who will be out of work by 27 March - to apply for other jobs and positions.

Apparently CNN International's Hong Kong and London news bureaux will have to take over the existing workload as CNN sheds jobs.

Update: 18 February 2016 20:00 - CNN International reached out to inform that stories circulating about this, and this story, about cutting down its international news gathering desk in Atlanta is completely inaccurate. I've added the boldface sentence which was not part of the original story.