ESPN firing up to 100 employees today.
ESPN reportedly sent a memo to all of their employees this morning, informing them that a number of on-air staffers and writers would be fired today, and the number is expected to reach 100.
According to reports, the memo from ESPN President John Skipper reads,
“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,” Skipper wrote to employees. “We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week. A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be posted to fill various needs."
ESPN has already informed a handful of employees that they've been laid off including longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder, as well as NFL analyst Trent Dilfer and radio co-host Danny Kanell.
The company is reportedly placing a large focus on its ESPN App with a “multi-screen approach around big events,” and is determined to build up their online presence.
Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go "all in" 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 26, 2017
Laid off by ESPN today.Although sad cause I loved my job, mostly filled w/gratitude & appreciation for the 9 years #GreatFriendsAndTeammates— Trent Dilfer (@TDESPN) April 26, 2017
After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I've been informed that I'm being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 26, 2017
Add me to the list. Just got the 'call.' I've been informed my contract will not be renewed at ESPN.— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) April 26, 2017
After 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close. I look forward to the next adventure.— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) April 26, 2017
Well, I'm a free agent. I learned a lot in eight years with ESPN and benefitted from being around a lot of smart people— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) April 26, 2017
Bad news morning. I loved every bit of my eight years at ESPN and will miss it, and so many friends and colleagues there, profoundly.— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) April 26, 2017