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Disney Finally Makes Its Cuts: 200 Fired at ABC, 200 at ESPN

The only thing surprising about Disney’s layoffs is that they didn’t happen until now. But everyone has been expecting cuts at Disney (DIS) and its operating units for quite some time–Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente pegged it in December.

Now the layoffs are here: ABC is firing 200 people and leaving another 200 positions vacant, which amounts to an overall workforce reduction of five percent. Meanwhile cable powerhouse ESPN is cutting 200 jobs of its own.

There’s little detail about who was cut where, though I think I should be able run down one detail fairly soon; in the meantime if you want to offer up more info I’m happy to collect it. You can reach me directly at If you want to be completely anonymous, which is understandable, but less useful to me (I won’t have any way of reaching you for follow-up) you can use the blind tip box here.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald