ABC News Plans to Close Most Bureaus

Number of correspondents to be cut in half

Last Updated: February 28, 2010 @ 2:24 PM

Some more details about the impending cuts at ABC News: David Westin, ABC News president, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the network plans to close all of its U.S. bureaus (except Washington) and cut the number of domestic correspondents – which now number about 30 — in half.

ABC operates bureaus in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., Los Angeles and Miami.

As Westin hinted in an internal memo earlier this week, the plan is to replace those cut with “digital” journalists who have wider skillsets and can shoot and edit reports on the fly.

However, Westin said the net number of “journalists” won’t change, nor will the quality of its coverage.

“We will have as many total journalists as we do now,” he told the Times. “I’m sure we will learn more as we go forward, but we have enough experience to be quite confident that we can not only maintain but in some cases enhance our editorial quality.”

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