Staffers at National Geographic – now controlled by Rupert Murdoch – received this note from their CEO on Monday:
Message from Gary Knell – Important Information to Be Communicated on Nov. 3rd
To all NGS Staff:
After very careful and serious consideration, we are ready to communicate how our restructuring and transformation will affect each employee at National Geographic. To that end, please make every effort to be available tomorrow, November 3rd, either in your regular work location, and/or by phone.
If you are traveling for business, on vacation or plan to be out for any other reason, please notify Tia Freeman-Evans or Yvonne Perry in HR immediately, so we can make alternative plans to get in touch with you. If you know that someone on your staff will be out of the office on November 3rd, please let Tia or Yvonne know by 3 p.m. (Eastern) today, as well.
Please watch your inbox for important information about your employment status tomorrow.
I cannot thank you enough for your patience and hard work over the last few months. I am proud of how our teams and our organization have approached and responded to this transitional period. Looking ahead, I am confident National Geographic’s mission will be fulfilled in powerful, new and impactful ways, as we continue to change the world through science, exploration, education and storytelling.
Donald Winslow, editor of News Photographer magazine, is tweeting about the layoffs. “No one knows how many, at this point,” he writes. “Staff sitting by phones waiting to be called down one by one to HR.”
* Sept. 9, 2015: Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox buys National Geographic media (pbs.org)
UPDATE: “We’re changing our structure along with how we work,” Knell writes in a follow-up memo.
Date: Nov 3, 2015 2:30 PM
Subject: An Important Message from Gary Knell
To: “All NGS.org”
To all NGS Staff–
To change the world through science, exploration, education and storytelling has never been as important as it is today. We are transforming National Geographic to be better positioned than ever to deliver on this mission./CONTINUES Read More