Paramount lays off 25 per cent of TV network’s staff, shuts down MTV News

Paramount lays off 25 per cent of TV network’s staff, shuts down MTV News

WASHINGTON,. Media company, Paramount, laid off 25 per cent of its domestic TV networks’ staff and shut down MTV News on Tuesday as the company finalises its merger of Paramount+ with Showtime.

Chris McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks sent a memo to employees, saying leaders had worked to determine the optimal organisation for the current and future needs of the company’s business, reported United Press International (UPI).

“As a result, we have made the very hard but necessary decision to reduce our domestic team by approximately 25 per cent.

“Through the elimination of some units and by streamlining others, we will be able to reduce costs and create a more effective approach to our business as we move forward,” McCarthy wrote in the memo.

Paramount also announced Tuesday it would shut down MTV News, which launched in the late 1980s, following years of downsizing.

In January, Paramount revealed its plan to fully integrate Showtime into Paramount+ across streaming and linear platforms later this year with the new network becoming Paramount+ with Showtime in the United States.

The merger integrates Showtime with MTV Entertainment Studios and creates a networks division that combines nine separate teams into one portfolio group.

Parent company Paramount Global, which had about 24,500 employees as of the end of 2022, had warned there would be staff layoffs. About 10 per cent of Showtime’s workers were let go earlier this year after the merger was announced.

Last week, Paramount Global announced worse-than-expected first-quarter earnings due to higher streaming investments and an 11 per cent drop in TV ad revenue. The 11 per cent drop follows a 7 per cent drop for the fourth quarter of 2022. The company also announced a dividend cut to preserve cash.

Of those peers, Disney is currently cutting 7,000 positions, while Warner Bros. Discovery recently completed a series of layoffs.

Paramount’s memo Tuesday informed workers that those whose jobs have been cut would be alerted immediately.


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