During a video call Thursday afternoon, Cumulus CEO Mary Berner informed Cumulus employees that 3% of the Cumulus workforce is being eliminated and the Westwood One News Network will be shuttered.
The Westwood One website states that their news product is heard on over 900 affiliates so that’s going to leave stations all over the country scrambling for a replacement product. Berner said the network will be close shop at the end of August.
The Westwood One website lists 5 reporters: Steve Kastenbaum, Bob Costantini, Jim Roope, Clayton Neville and Linda Kenyon. There are also 8 anchors: Ann Cates, Christopher Cruise, Elliott Francis, Evan Haning, Barbara Kusak, Mike Moss, Michael Toscano and John Trout. All of those people will lose their network jobs, although some of them were also employed at local stations. It’s not clear yet if they will be keeping those jobs.
There was some good news from Berner on the call. All furloughs and pay cuts that were put in place to deal with the COVID-19 crisis will end on July 31st.