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CNET to cut its workforce by 10% according to inside sources

Earlier this month, DailyTech reported that multimedia conglomerate Ziff Davis Media was in some serious financial trouble. The company has approximately with $500M in liabilities with only $313M in assets. As a result the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

CNET bought much of Ziff Davis' property over the last few years, including the tech portal  However, CNET seemed to have broken the ZD curse, reporting double digit growth and net profits since 2006.

Earlier today, CNET Networks announced internally it will lay off approximately 10% of its North American work force, or approximately 120 employees.

CNET CEO Neil Ashe sent an email out to all of its employees detailing the plan to slim up central organization, and to focus editorial staff to individuals on content creation. 

Specifically, Ashe mentions that will transition into a more community-driven portal. " will put more emphasis on areas of most interest to their audience including entertainment features, breaking news, trivia competition, and polls, rather than original video programming," he writes.

Cuts are expected to take place across all of CNET's operations including, Gamespot,,,  and CNET's blog networks. Employees affected received notifications today and an official announcement is said to be on the way in the coming days.

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They can cutdown even more if.....
By crystal clear on 3/27/2008 8:34:09 AM , Rating: 2
Earlier today, CNET Networks announced internally it will lay off approximately 10% of its North American work force, or approximately 120 employees.

I think CNET can cut down even more/further & become very profitable if they shift their operations (editorial/tech etc) to INDIA.

Indians do have a very command over English & have the editorial skills & abilities.

Labour costs are much cheaper in India compared to the USA.

India itself is a huge market for advertising revenues & readers in their millions.

RE: They can cutdown even more if.....
By whirabomber on 3/27/2008 9:30:03 AM , Rating: 3
To bad most of the 1st language english speaking world can't understand a word of english most Indians utter. Ever talk to Dell's non-business or HP's non-business tech support?

"Indians do have a very command over English & have the editorial skills & abilities." Dropped a word somewhere in there..

Of course, only speaking english I shouldn't really complain - at least they know another language, even if those who natively speak it can't understand it. At least they try.

By crystal clear on 3/27/2008 11:01:25 AM , Rating: 2
Yes dropped a word...good........not so good typo..

I really dont know about the tech support stuff you write about....

Maybe you are right about it.

I freguently visit India on business & read their English language newspapers (when I am there).

Just for comparison (quality of English)-
The Times of India is just as good as any other newspaper say like "The Times" in the U.K.(another destination frequently visited by me).

There are plenty of English language newspapers in India.

Yes the people have a accent thats a bit........

By crystal clear on 3/27/2008 11:17:18 AM , Rating: 2
A repost of a comment of mine a few days ago-

Which English is English as per M.S.
By crystal clear on 3/21/08, Rating: 2
By crystal clear on 3/21/2008 11:14:29 AM , Rating: 2

Windows SP1 is currently available in five languages: English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

A puzzled Aussie who was told his language wasn’t supported for his Vista Ultimate-loaded PC.

He said: “Funny thing is, my language is English. Unless ‘English (Australian)’ is not considered English????? Have you stupid Americans limited English to the ‘English (United States)’ language pack? “What a joke. I'm switching back to Linux.”

Now we have a problem-

So many versions of English....

USA,UK,Australian,Indian,etc etc

By HighWing on 3/27/2008 8:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
Indians do have a very command over English & have the editorial skills & abilities.

While I would question that heavily, I really can't say too much as far as their written English goes. So I would have to agree with you that maybe they do have a good command for written English. However, I doubt that would apply to all or most(51%+) Indians that would work for the amount any company would want to pay to make it profitable. Which I'm willing to bet is why companies haven't done it already. *laughs* Seriously I'm willing to bet if they hired the same people they hire for tech support they would be missing words here and there and using the wrong words all over the place that editorial costs would be huge

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