National Geographic Hit With New Round of Layoffs

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National Geographic Partners laid off 12 full-time staffers last week, Mediaite has learned, the latest round of cuts that comes as parent company 21st Century Fox is expected to be sold to Disney in the coming months. All of the staffers laid off by National Geographic Partners — owner of the storied yet recently troubled National Geographic magazine and television channel — worked for the company’s digital newsroom and digital operation. A source told Mediaite the magazine’s editor in chief, Susan Goldberg, tried to cast the cuts as indicative of a move to emphasize the digital operation of National Geographic, even though all terminated employees worked in digital, and no magazine staffers were laid off. In a statement a National Geographic spokesperson told Mediaite: “Two months ago, we announced structural changes to the organization to drive growth. Changes last week were a continued effort to evolve our organization as Continue reading "National Geographic Hit With New Round of Layoffs"

Judd Apatow Calls on FOX Stars to Condemn Trump Border Policy and His ‘Propaganda Arm’ Fox News

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Director Judd Apatow is asking 21st Century Fox’s showrunners and talent to stand up to the company over Fox News’ coverage of the migrant family crisis at the U.S. southern border. Apatow released a series of tweets on Monday, slamming Rupert Murdoch for promoting “evil ideas and greed and corruption” with his media empire’s coverage of President Trump and his administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents. Apatow conceded that he worked with Fox on his 2002 sitcom, Undeclared, but now, he’s calling on the media corporation’s most powerful figures to condemn the support and positive coverage Murdoch and the news division give to Trump’s policies.