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CNN Reassigns Up to 50 Employees as Breaking News Gets More Emphasis

CNN is making as many as 50 news employees reapply for their positions as it works to bring its digital and on-air newsgathering functions together, according to a person familiar with the situation.

This person said the Time Warner-owned network expects to maintain the same head count after the process is complete. Employees who are affected will be allowed to apply for new, open positions in the days and weeks to come.

TheWrap.com previously reported that CNN management had told certain managers and producers they would have to apply for new jobs, potentially at lower salaries.

Under CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, the news network has been placing more emphasis on live coverage of breaking events as well as documentaries, leaving less room for the creation of pre-taped video packages that had been more of a staple on the network.

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