CBS Drops Beijing Reporter John Sheahan

John Sheahan, the Beijing correspondent for CBS News, has been notified by management that he is being let go for economic reasons.

Sheahan, who has been with CBS News since 1969, opened the network’s Beijing bureau and covered the uprising in Tian An Men Square in 1989. He is expected to leave the network in June or July after his contract expires.

CBS officials said that they hope to keep at least a cameraman in Beijing.

CBS executives have been meeting recently to discuss the recommendations of an outside consulting firm regarding cutbacks at the network. According to sources, CBS News could eliminate about 100 jobs.