While staffers at CNN are being laid off, one anchor in particular demanded — and received a private bathroom for her office upwards of $100,000.
Other employees are understandably piping mad.
Headline News anchor Robin Meade made the request for her Atlanta CNN Center digs, according to internal emails, as reported by New York Post’s PageSix.com.
“Staff have been told there will be least 40 layoffs at the CNN International assignment desk,” one insider said according to PageSix. “All desk editors have 30 days to reapply for their jobs. They want to move some of those jobs to Hong Kong and London. But just a year ago, they laid off those same positions in London and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Robin is getting a new, $100,000 luxury latrine.”
Staff are buzzing CNN is slowly moving out of Atlanta and eventually plans to move its entire operation to Hudson Yards in Manhattan. “Jeff Zucker [president of CNN Worldwide] wants CNN out of Atlanta and completely in New York,” our source added.
Time Warner announced in 2014 it had sold its floors at Columbus Circle and was preparing to move to Hudson Yards. The move will see employees at Time Warner corporate, HBO, Turner, CNN and Warner Bros. move to the far West 30s starting in 2018.
But it could be a case of “Much ado about nothing.”
“This isn’t as stinky as it sounds,” another insider told PageSix. “Robin and those on her show currently have to run to a bathroom that is down the hall on another floor. A 2¹/₂-minute break often isn’t long enough to make it back to the set.”
A CNN rep said, “Robin inquired about building a bathroom closer to the studio to benefit the team that does a four-hour live show every day. The estimate has no correlation to other company matters.”
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