NBC Sports Chicago cuts staff

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:28:02 AM. NBC Sports Chicago is reducing staff in a reorganization, the regional sports channel that’s co-owned by the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls and Comcast confirmed Monday.
Chicago is reducing staff, the regional sports channel that’s co-owned by the , , Blackhawks, Bulls and confirmed Monday. “We continually look at our businesses to make them efficient and successful,” the channel said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we had to make some employee changes at NBC Sports Chicago.” It appears about a dozen employees here in a wide variety of slots will be let go, though it’s not known yet if anyone whose primary job is in front of the camera will be fired. Among those let go was White Sox writer Dan Hayes, who tweeted about it. While it’s said the moves are in conjunction with similar actions at NBC Sports regional sports channels around the country, the NBC Sports Chicago statement said only this was part of “resetting our business goals in order to best serve our fans.” The Chicago cuts come almost exactly a year after the channel, then known as Comcast SportsNet Chicago, laid off a similar number of employees. It also issued a similar statement at the time, citing the need to reformat its programming lineup “provide our fans with even more compelling sports content that will better suit the needs of today’s evolving sports audience.” Those cuts were believed to be the first ever at the channel, which launched in 2004, and a bid to make its programming more interactive. Since then, the channel also bounced its vice president and general manager and allowed the contract of much-liked on-camera reporter and host Chris Boden to lapse. Boden has...Read more
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