Among the senior executives leaving the cabler in the restructuring are marketing chief Anthony Barton and Nashville office head Suzanne Norman. Most of the pinkslips went to employees working in marketing and functions that will be absorbed largely by existing staffers in the group that encompasses MTV, VH1, Logo and CMT. Nina Diaz, group president of programming and development, will oversee programming for the cabler.
McCarthy’s plans for revitalizing CMT include boosting the channel’s focus on the culture and personalities in Nashville, with programming and live events that reflect the spirit of the country music Mecca. Earlier this week the cabler ordered the game show “Nashville Squares,” a Music City spin on the “Hollywood Squares” format.
Here is a memo McCarthy sent to staffers in his group, which also includes MTV, VH1 and Logo.