Court TV slashes PR staff

NEW YORK: Company-wide layoffs at Court TV last week affected about half the network's 12-person PR staff, including corporate communications SVP Jennifer Geisser, said Shirley Powell, corporate communications SVP, Turner Broadcasting.

NEW YORK: Company-wide layoffs at Court TV last week affected about half the network's 12-person PR staff, including corporate communications SVP Jennifer Geisser, said Shirley Powell, corporate communications SVP, Turner Broadcasting.

The cuts come about a month after Turner's parent company Time Warner acquired full control of Court TV, paying $735 million to Liberty Media Corp., which had been a 50% owner.

Powell said Court TV will keep a core PR department, but that Turner's PR staff will absorb some duties. She added that there might also be changes in network use of outside firms.

"We will be reviewing the PR agencies that Court TV has hired in the past to see if they're still necessary," she said, noting that, as a rule, Turner does not use outside PR firms.

Court TV has been working with Dan Klores Communications (DKC) for about two years on network-wide content and corporate PR. Earlier this year, the network hired The Morris & King Co. (MKC) to promote its off-channel public affairs efforts.

"We've had a successful tenure as Court TV's AOR," said Matthew Traub, DKC's MD and chief of staff. "We look forward to continuing to [prove] the impact we can have on their business."

"We look forward to a review," said Judith King, principal and co-owner of MKC. "We think our work stands up well."

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