BRISTOL - ESPN announced Tuesday that it will shut down its radio network aimed at Hispanic sports fans, a move that will result in layoffs in Florida and New York City.
ESPN Deportes Radio will stop broadcasting in September, ESPN said in a statement. A spokesman told The Bristol Press no Bristol employees would be laid off.
ESPN describes ESPN Deportes as a “Spanish-language sports brand dedicated to providing the widest variety of sports to the U.S. Hispanic sports fan.”
Ten full-time employees and 25 part-timers will be losing their jobs, mainly based in offices in Coral Gables, Fla. Some of the layoffs will affect employees in New York City, the spokesman said.
“Hispanic audience consumer habits are changing rapidly and this requires ESPN to evolve as well,” ESPN said in a statement.
“It’s no secret Hispanic fans skew heavily on digital and social, which is why we made the decision to discontinue ESPN Deportes terrestrial radio in September. Moving forward, ESPN will continue serving Hispanic sports fans with the widest variety of sports through multiple platforms including television, digital, social, mobile and audio podcasts.”
Tuesday’s announcement comes after May’s announcement that the print edition of ESPN the Magazine would be discontinue in September, although that announcement did not say if any jobs would be lost as a result.
Amid declining cable ratings over the last several years, the company in late 2017 announced it would lay off 150 employees. That move was preceded by the elimination of 100 positions on April 2017, 300 layoffs in 2015 and another round of layoffs in 2013.
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