CNN Staffer Cut Week Before Wedding Still Proud of ‘Exclusive 10 Percent Club’

Atlanta-based program manager posts positive spin on Turner layoffs to Facebook

Last Updated: October 16, 2014 @ 9:17 AM

A laid off CNN technology manager took to Facebook on Wednesday to express pride in being part of the exclusive “10 percent club,” alluding to Turner Broadcasting’s decision to cut 10 percent of its staff.

Victor Hernandez, an Atlanta-based program manager for editorial systems at CNN for 12 years, put a positive spin on his job loss. “Now onto the best distraction a newly-unemployed guy could hope for… a wedding in a week,” Hernandez wrote.

The full post is below; Hernandez declined TheWrap‘s request for further comment.

Also read: CNN, HLN Layoffs Day 2: ‘Crossfire,’ ‘Unguarded’ With Rachel Nichols, and ‘Sanjay Gupta MD’ Canceled

The groom-to-be was just one of a slew of casualties over the last two days as CNN cuts hit Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.  On Wednesday, “Crossfire,” “Unguarded” with Rachel Nichols, “Sanjay Gupta MD,” and “CNN Money” with Christine Romans were canceled. A day earlier, HLN canceled Jane Velez-Mitchell’s self-titled show, cutting the anchor and show staff. VP and Northeast Bureau Chief Darius Walker was also cut after 18 years with the network.

On Wednesday, while speaking at the Time Warner Inc. investors meeting, Turner Broadcasting CEO John Martin touched on the 10 percent across-the-board Turner cuts. “That’s going to yield significant savings as we move ahead,” he said.

Also read: CNN, HLN Layoffs: Jane Velez-Mitchell Out, Entertainment Unit Disbanded

Here is what Hernandez wrote:
Became a proud member today of the exclusive Turner/CNN ’10 percent’ club. Totally good though. Feeling extremely positive about awesome things ahead.

It’s been an incredible 12 year ride at CNN – great experiences, relationships and memories that I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you to all former and current co-workers who’ve touched my life in some way.

Well wishes to my fellow ’10 percenters’ and best of luck in your future endeavors. Thinking about so many of you and excited about the prospects of potentially working together again someday.

Now onto the best distraction a newly-unemployed guy could hope for… a wedding in a week with the gal of my dreams, amazing honeymoon to follow.