Telemundo is cleaning house. Sources tell me layoffs at the network began yesterday and continue today in several departments within the company.
One of the known casualties from yesterday was Rafael Matos, a producer for the network’s morning show “Un Nuevo Día.” I’m told other producers from the news and production departments were also laid off.
Telemundo spokesman Alfredo Richards confirmed the layoffs this way:
“As we continue to invest in critical network and stations’ operations and programming, we are doing certain adjustments across our organization to improve processes, manage cost and reorganize certain positions to better align them with our viewership and business goals. These changes are a reflection of the evolution of our business to anticipate changing needs and be better prepared for the future.”
Richards couldn’t provide a breakdown of the departments or people affected by the layoffs, but said “these adjustments will impact a relatively small number of employees across multiple areas at the network and stations. While some positions may be eliminated, others are being created, resulting in a total net impact of less than 3% of the personnel. However, the Telemundo population after these changes still will be 30% greater than it was at the end of 2010.”
Telemundo has approximately 1,800 employees. If only 3% are impacted, that’s about 50 employees. A source claims about 80 staffers are losing their jobs.