The Washington Post’s Sunday magazine will put out its last edition on Dec. 25. The magazine’s staff will be laid off, although food columnist Robert Sietsema will stay on, with his column migrating to what Post executive editor says will be a “revitalized Style section.” Calling the move a part of the paper’s “global and digital transformation,” Busbee said that the Post remains “committed to longform journalism across newsroom departments and platforms.” The Post’s first Sunday magazine, Potomac, was launched in 1961 and the magazine has run in its current form since 1986.
Gannett has set another wave of layoffs in motion, this one projected to hit six percent of the employees In its 3,440-person news division. According to the New York Times, employees at papers including USA Today, the Indianapolis Star and the Detroit Free Press began receiving layoff notices on Dec. 1. The move follows the elimination of about 400 jobs in August and a round of voluntary buyouts and unpaid leaves announced in October. Also affected were many employees on Gannett’s digital optimization team, which carries out such duties as designing social media graphics and optimizing articles for search engines. In a Nov. 17 email, Gannett news division head Henry Faure Walker said the division needed to cut expenses to enter 2023 in a “stronger economic position.”
HLN, the CNN sister channel formerly known as CNN Headline News, is getting out of the live news business. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that CNN parent company Warner Bros. Discovery has scuttled the entire HLN operation based at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. The channel’s live programming will end this week. Robin Meade, the long-time anchor of HLN’s “Morning Express” is exiting the company and the program will be replaced on the HLN schedule by “CNN This Morning,” the recently launched program with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins. A Dec. 1 memo from CNN chairman Chris Licht’s also mentioned “restructuring across some of our beats, realigning resources to staff up in some units and in more areas around the country... Many of the staff reductions in newsgathering will be offset by the addition of new roles.”