Wednesday, August 13, 2008

CNN reduces size of SF bureau

CNN announced Tuesday that it would “double its domestic news-gathering presence” by assigning journalists to 10 additional U.S. cities. CNN currently has 10 domestic bureaus, and will transfer employees from four bureaus — Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco — to staff the new operations, according to Brian Stelter of The New York Times' blog TV Decoder.
    "[T]he journalists will not work from news bureaus; instead, they will be stationed at local television affiliates and other office locations. Using inexpensive laptops and cameras, they will file stories for the Internet and report live on television. One “all-platform journalist” will be assigned to each city.

    "The strategy reflects the increasingly portable and flexible nature of television production. Expensive bureaus with camera crews and satellite uplinks are increasingly being downsized by TV news divisions, in favor of so-called “one man bands” that interview, write, record, edit and report live."

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