Layoffs Hit National Geographic [Updated]

Ugh.

In early September, 21st Century Fox increased its ownership stake in National Geographic. Now we’re seeing the first shockwave from that move — layoffs.

In an email to staffers obtained by Jim Romensko, National Geographic Society president and CEO Gary Knell wrote “we are ready to communicate how our restructuring and transformation will affect each employee at National Geographic… Please watch your inbox for important information about your employment status tomorrow.”

No word on exactly how many staffers will be let go just yet, but Donald Winslow—editor of News Photographer magazine—tweeted “Already this morning one top picture editor, one top page designer axed @NatGeo magazine.”

Update (12/4, 10:15 am):
The Washington Post reports there will be about 180 people let go.