ESPN Layoffs Target On-Air Personalities

“They’ve decided one way to do this is to change their approach to content and rely more heavily on digital; this has enabled them to let go of a big chunk of their talent base.”

In October 2015, ESPN laid off about 300 people, most of whom were not on camera.

“Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent — anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play — necessary to meet those demands,” ESPN’s president, John Skipper, said in a statement to employees on Wednesday.

ESPN has been periodically culling its staff as it adapts to changing consumer habits — fans increasingly watch video clips on their smartphones at the expense of traditional highlight shows like “SportsCenter” — and searches for ways to cut costs. The sports giant is locked…

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