ESPN president John Skipper has confirmed the layoffs that were rumored to begin today.
“Beginning today, we will be enacting a number of organizational changes at ESPN to better support our future goals — a process that will include the elimination of a number of positions, impacting friends and colleagues across the organization,” wrote Skipper, in a memo to staffers.
Staffers getting a pink slip will be given a minimum of 60-days notice, a severance package dependent on years of service and “outplacement benefits to help them find future employment.”
“No matter how many times we’ve adjusted course to lead the industry over the years, the decisions affecting our employees are never made lightly,” added Skipper. “It never gets any easier, but it’s a necessary part of our continued strategic evolution to ensure ESPN remains the leader in sports as well as the premier sports destination on any platform.”