Skip to comments.ABC News to cut half its domestic correspondents, close bricks-and-mortar bureaus [Updated]
Posted on 09/07/2010 1:08:58 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents.
ABC News President David Westin confirmed in an interview Friday that the network's ranks of bureau correspondents, which currently number several dozen, would be cut in half and be replaced with "digital" journalists who would be expected to shoot and edit their own stories.
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It's clear why Westin quit yesterday.
I nominate little georgie stephanopoulos to join the unemployment line - it will give him more time to kiss 0bama’s ass.
ABC pushes anti-business Obama down our throats.
Obama destroys business.
ABC fires much of its staff.
JUSTICE IS SERVED!
The rewards of propagandizing.
So will the dinosaur media source ABC still be predominantly white after this action? Just wonderin’.
Fox needs to come out with a story headline reading “Fox news hiring” just to rub it in.
Oh, you haters of the MSM, this is just a bit of retooling. Once this last downsizing has taken place, it’ll be all sweetness and light.
You just wait and see.
How ironic is it that the ONLY bureau THEY think worth keeping is INSIDE THE BELTWAY.
As out of touch as their master.
They shouldn’t need that many people to quote the party line anyway.
Maybe now that the policies of Obama are hitting the talking heads they will open their eyes
Raoul’s First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS
What the heck does this mean?
Rut-roh, rubble Raggy! Guess some folks are going to have to get some real jobs out there.
...and be replaced with "digital" journalists who would be expected to shoot and edit their own stories.Egad. They'll be bloggers. What about their layer and layers of fact-checking editors?
Good riddance state-run media! Serves you right, when you do nothing but lie to the American people, you all deserve to lose your jobs. You can join all the dem congressmen in the unemployments lines soon.
So ABC, how is that Hope and Change thing working out for you? Bwahahahahahahaha. You ba$tard$ deserve the worst for the way you have been misreporting things over the years.
Kind like some FReepers do.
It means they're going to fire all the people who are over 40 and making 6-figures annually, and replace them with twenty-something who will work for for Cheetos and Red Bull.
The Internet is slowly replacing the print and visual news media. The bad guys can’t control the news outlets like they could 30 years ago. That is why Jay Rockefeller and other socialist hate the Internet. Quote from Jay-
“So, I mean, it really almost makes you ask the question would it have been better had we not invented the internet and had to use paper and pencil whatever?
Dinosaur Death Watch - Lovin’ it.
A couple of guys with cell phone cameras maybe? :)
Why stop at just one half?
They don’t do any reporting to begin with.
They just regurgitate the talking points that are handed down from the Regime, anyway.
abc”News”. What a joke.
Obama destroys business.
ABC fires much of its staff.
JUSTICE IS SERVED!
Yes, indeed! This is the network that features some of its programming coming from the White House, IIRC.
How sweet it is!
Survivorman could teach them how to shoot and edit their own stories.
I never heard the term “digital jouralist before. It sounds like a computer, which come to think of it, might do a
a better job too!
“How ironic is it that the ONLY bureau THEY think worth keeping is INSIDE THE BELTWAY.”
Actually it’s not ironic, it’s a sign of the times. After all, ALL the IMPORTANT news is from Washington these days anyhow right? And we certainly don’t need “fact checkers” since anything coming from the 0 regime is by definition blessed truth...right?
ABCCBSCNNNBC is in a lot of trouble really, for obvious reasons. #1 being that very few people think they have anything to do with “objectivity”.
Westin is responsible for all those job cuts. He recommended them. There’s clearly another reason why he left. I think he just had too many disagreements with the suits in the higher offices.
They just make up the news anyway. They don’t really need reporters.
I said it yesterday, if ABC could think with their heads instead of their tingly parts, they would create an alliance with Fox News, which has everything to cover global news, and co-opt the “fair and balanced” approach to hard news. Gee, balanced reporting, what a concept...
sounds like they are going to rely on Libtards shooting and uploading their own stories to an ABC News channel on YouTube?
I guess all the news has been reported. There isn’t any left.
Right, ABC? Right?????
Yes, that's clearly right. BUT, I'm sure Westin was given a number he had to meet, a reduction in expenses from the previous annual period. This is the formula he came up with. But, I suspect he didn't want to reduce anything, which was the cause of the friction.
Halve the number of Commies!! well that is a start.
evil mickey strikes again...
I’m taking bets on whether Peter Jennining’s replacment will announce on November 2 that voters had another temper tantrum!
They're able to keep the DC operation because DC has a large concentration of press-release writing hacks, mostly from the DNC, the rest from left-leaning advocacy organizations and law firms, who will continue to write broadcast-ready copy for them free of charge.
In a Banana Republic the only news you need to cover happens in the Capital City. Everything is decided there and the daily news always leads with..”Today Pres Obama, signed, said, decreed, spoke whatever..” All the news is press releases from the Gov.
Imagine if ABC had actually aggressively looked into Obama’s background back in 2008... Imagine if they had covered the Tea Parties fairly like Fox did... Imagine if they had hounded the Democrats during the Healthcare debate about WHY they were pushing something the American people DID NOT WANT! but it's too late now, they were more worried about pushing their socialist agenda then their jobs.
they could be expanding their news division now instead of cutting it
So how’s that “hope and change” working out for you at Another Barack Channel (ABC)?
What’s ABC News?
Yeah, but if they had done that they would have been utterly cut off, frozen out, from nearly all the sources they've developed over the years. They don't have any real reporters any more (they never had more than one at a time anyway, Brit Hume and one or two others who's names escape me are the only ones I can think of) and they'd be starting from scratch. Not only that, but NBC, CBS, and CNN would have turned on them in a heartbeat, characterizing them as a FOX-wannabe.
Even worse, no more parties, no more retreats, no more club memberships, and absolutely no chance of being hired into cushy jobs in the administration or the congressional staffs.
That would have been personal career suicide for individuals. This way, it's just organizational suicide.
Though this thread and posts are particularly delicious, all Freeper posts on Dinosaur Media Death Watch threads are pure nectar. Thank you!
It is somewhat ironic that one of the many media to complain about the inaccuracy and ignorance of the unqualified blog-o-sphere and pajama’s media is now saying that its unused staff of reporters is of so little use that independent bloggers will now replace them.
Talk about crafting the news...
I always thought they used stock footage. Seen one fire seen'em all. I guess...