ABC News President Kim Godwin is facing criticism from within the network after a round of layoffs left many employees feeling demoralized and uncertain about their future at the company. Sources say that Godwin’s leadership style has contributed to a “culture of fear” within the newsroom, with some employees feeling that they are being unfairly targeted or marginalized.
The layoffs, which were announced earlier this month, affected a number of departments within ABC News, including the digital and broadcast divisions. Many of those who lost their jobs were longtime employees with deep ties to the company, and the move was seen as a sign of broader changes taking place within the media landscape.
However, sources say that Godwin’s handling of the layoffs has exacerbated tensions within the newsroom and has raised concerns about her leadership style. Some employees have accused her of playing favorites and of failing to communicate clearly with staff about the company’s plans and priorities.
Godwin, who was named president of ABC News last year, is the first Black woman to lead a major broadcast news network. She has been credited with helping to modernize the network and with increasing its digital presence, but some insiders say that her aggressive style has created a toxic work environment.
The criticism comes at a time when many media companies are grappling with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and when there is growing awareness of the need for more transparency and accountability in the workplace. It remains to be seen how Godwin will respond to the criticism, and what steps she will take to address concerns about the culture at ABC News.