A 6:30 PM PT West Coast edition of the network’s evening news will air as planned, sources tell Deadline. Earlier Tuesday, an error in CBS News’ Washington D.C. bureau control room literally pulled the plug on the East Coast edition, as the network tweeted about 13 minutes after the O’Donnell-hosted show was to have begun.
.@CBSNews is currently experiencing technical difficulties. We will bring you the CBS Evening News as soon as possible. We apologize for the issue.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 19, 2020
The layoffs came swiftly last week. At Vice Media, 155 people lost their jobs. Quartz laid off 80. Condé Nast, publisher of glossy magazines like Vogue, cut 100 people. And as BuzzFeed furloughed staffers at its overseas divisions, its U.S.-based staffers braced for similar cuts.
For those who had been watching local newspapers struggle in the era of digitization, these announcements were sobering: Even the media business’s most savvy, innovative and glamorous players are hurting.
“The pain is across the board,” said Gabriel Kahn, a professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. “This isn’t just a question of nimble, digital companies able to survive and lumbering, legacy ones perishing. The marketplace is too brutal the way it’s configured right now.”