E! Networks has eliminated about 10 positions from its news division following a decision to trim the length of its weeknight franchise E! News Live
. The layoffs, which claimed employees in New York and Los Angeles, were prompted by halving the length of Live
to a half-hour beginning Monday, reversing a decision to expand it to 60 minutes last year. The weekend editions of Live
will remain a full hour, while the latter half-hour on weeknights will be filled by some of E!'s new series, including It's Good to Be ..
. and Celebrities Uncensored
. Mark Sonnenberg, president of entertainment at E! Networks, attributed the decision to trim Live
to ratings slippage. "The show hasn't performed as strongly as we would have liked it to," Sonnenberg said. "It was a programming move, not a budgetary move." Only one senior position in the producer ranks will be removed, a representative said. Some of the eliminated employees will be reassigned, while others in the division, which numbers about 50 people, escaped cuts because they are performing functions outside of the news department as well. No on-air talent will be removed.