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Paramount layoffs impact 20 workers at CBS News, report says

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Paramount Global has let go of nearly two dozen people at its CBS News division as part of a broader action involving layoffs across its company, according to a report.

On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Alexandra Steigrad said around 20 CBS News employees were among 800 workers to receive pink slips this week.

The affected journalists include award-winning correspondent Catherine Herridge, who is in the middle of a legal battle involving confidential sources she used for a story aired during her time at the Fox News Channel. Steigrad said Herridge was known to clash with CBS News President Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews over some of her stories.

Jeff Pegues, a CBS News correspondent who was investigated by the network’s human resources department over certain alleged conduct involving colleagues, was also let go on Tuesday, the Post said, citing unnamed sources. Political correspondent Christina Ruffini and United Nations correspondent Pamela Falk received pink slips as well, the newspaper said.

The layoffs at CBS News impact around 1 percent of the brand’s 2,000 workers. Paramount Global, the parent company of CBS News, employs just over 24,000 staffers around the world.


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