CNN en Español Slims Down Its Atlanta Operations

By Mark Mwachiro 

CNN en Español is downsizing parts of its business in Atlanta.

Over the past several months, as CNN continues to migrate staff from the CNN Center to its Turner Techwood facility in Midtown Atlanta, the company has used the move as the opportunity to conduct layoffs within CNNE.

News anchor Ana María Luengo had an emotional sign-off from her show, Panorama Mundial, on Friday, July 14, amid company-wide changes, and many CNNE staffers have taken to social media to announce their departures from the network as the channel slims down.


A spokesperson for CNNE confirmed to TVNewser that layoffs are taking place, but noted that the company is not winding down operations in Atlanta and several tech ops positions have been added. Senior network leadership and other key roles will also remain in Atlanta and Miami.

The total headcount of the remaining staffers in Atlanta was not given.

Of course, changes have already been happening within CNN’s Spanish language coverage.

In one of Chris Licht’s final acts before his tenure as CNN’s chairman and CEO prematurely ended in June, he announced a reorganization of the news network’s Spanish language channel.

The reorg saw the transition of news production from its hubs in Atlanta and Miami to Mexico City and Los Angeles. Notably, a memo sent to staffers earlier this year from Cynthia Darr Hudson, svp and managing director of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S., said the company “will be streamlining our linear news output, shifting production to our Mexico City bureau and introducing new cross-platform programming.”

The memo also noted that the company will be “investing in CNNE’s digital platform, safeguarding CNNE’s newsgathering strength in the U.S. and utilizing our network-wide investments in content management to create a greatly enhanced digital user experience.”

CNNE will continue leaning into its Latin America capabilities, expanding its operational footprint in Mexico City and adding positions in its Buenos Aires bureau. The company will also rely on its Colombia and Latin America-based productions, digital, multiplatform and social media staff.

The company’s U.S.-based correspondents will remain in place across the United States, in Miami, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles, and the network will continue to be supported by CNN’s correspondents and contributors worldwide.