"Bloodbath in Bristol" - The Four-Letter cuts up to 100 jobs
BRISTOL, CT -- Let the "right-sizing" begin.
The Four-Letter has been hemorrhaging for years. One of my friends said, "If they didn't get national games, no one would watch." That's the only way I can see my Orioles, but I digress. Veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder is the first prominent name to announce his role in the "new direction" of the company. The new direction: laying off nearly 100 people.
“Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster…and as always, must be efficient and nimble,” The Four-Letter President John Skipper said in a memo sent to employees. “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 demand.”
"These decisions impact talented people who have done great work for our company. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts and their many contributions," Skipper continued.
Four-Letter insiders say average viewers/readers/subscribers will recognize the names from about half of the layoffs. The other half will be employees that focused on bringing online content/streaming to subscribers.
And decimating their hockey coverage in the MIDDLE of the playoffs just goes to show you how little respect the Four-Letter gives hockey...in general.
Our friends at Deadspin have a running list of the Four-Letter Firings.
More updates as things become available...