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Layoffs begin at Disney's ABC amid pressures in TV market

Layoffs begin at Disney's ABC amid pressures in TV market

Walt Disney Co. started laying off employees across its ABC Television Group on Thursday.

Of the division’s 9,000 employees, 100 to 200 are expected to be cut, according to an executive familiar with plan who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. A representative for the Burbank-based company declined comment.

The layoffs affect employees at the company’s eight television stations, its network entertainment division and production studio, and at its West Coast-based cable networks such as Freeform and the Disney Channel. The cuts are said to be mostly in operational areas. No high-level positions in TV production and development are expected to be eliminated.

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