Warner Bros. Discovery is planning to lay off more employees in its television business, specifically in its cable TV division that includes the Discovery-branded cable networks. Rather than making large-scale cuts, the company is focusing on making smaller adjustments. Deadline sources have revealed that cable staff members have been anticipating these changes for the past few weeks.
Warner Bros. Discovery is preparing for more layoffs in its television business, specifically in its cable TV division. The exact timing of the cuts is not yet confirmed, but sources initially mentioned that they would happen in the next few weeks, although it’s now more likely to occur later this summer.
Warner Bros. Discovery operates various cable networks such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Animal Planet, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, TBS, and truTV. Kathleen Finch, the Chairman and Chief Content Officer of the US Networks Group, oversees this division.
During a conference earlier this year, Finch openly discussed the challenges of merging the businesses and the need for restructuring. She mentioned the importance of streamlining operations and reducing the number of staff while maintaining strong leadership and content quality.
Although earlier statements suggested that the company had completed its cost-cutting measures, the process of integrating Warner Bros. and Discovery has presented ongoing challenges that require further adjustments.
Recently, Warner Bros. Discovery’s sports division also experienced layoffs, with approximately 50 positions being eliminated, including roles in the digital sports department.
In the past year, Warner Bros. Television and the HBO/HBO Max programming operation underwent workforce reductions, as did CNN and the ad sales division of the company.