Time Warner Begins Court TV Layoffs

50 Staffers Let Go, Ad Sales Won't Be Touched Until After Upfront

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- About 50 Court TV staffers have been laid off as the network transitions into a new ownership structure, under Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit.
Time Warner begins reshaping Court TV's staff by laying off employees in communications, finance and affiliate relations.
Time Warner begins reshaping Court TV's staff by laying off employees in communications, finance and affiliate relations.

The layoffs affected employees in the communications department -- which was approximately halved -- as well as in finance and affiliate relations. A few finance staffers remain and affiliate relations is on a staggered exit schedule through July.

The ad sales department has not yet been affected, with most of those cuts expected to come after the upfront.

Layoffs were expected
The downsizing had been expected since the ink dried on the acquisition. In May, Time Warner, which had joint ownership of Court TV, bought out Liberty Media's 50% share of the network for $735 million. Court TV is in 86 million homes.

Last month Turner executives confirmed that Court TV President Art Bell will remain in charge of the channel and Charlie Collier will continue to lead Court TV sales efforts, reporting to Turner President of Ad Sales David Levy. Henry Schleiff, the network's effusive CEO, has left he company but has not yet announced his future plans.
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