|richard, this is awful: Over 100 CNN staffers were offered buyouts last week, and reports are circulating that many more could be laid off in the weeks ahead. This is on top of a staggering 2,400 layoffs at media outlets earlier in the year.|
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Fri 20 September 2019 7:06 PM