ESPN to lay off 100 people, including TV reporters, source says

ESPN's new direction is resulting in layoffs
ESPN's new direction is resulting in layoffs

As ESPN tries to evolve its content for a multi-platform audience, the company will begin laying off 100 people on Wednesday, according to a source close to the situation.

The cuts affect about 10 percent of ESPN's forward-facing talent group of about 1,000 people, who include TV reporters, radio reporters and writers rather than behind-the-scenes employees.

Some employers posted on Twitter the news that they would be leaving the channel.

Ed Werder Tweet: After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I've been informed that I'm being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire

Joe McDonald Tweet: After nearly eight years of covering the NHL, MLB and the NFL at ESPN, it's time for the next chapter in my career.

Jeff Goodman Tweet: Received my call. Laid off effective immediately. I love what I do and I will continue. Tough day for many with ESPN layoffs. Thx to all.

Austin Ward Tweet: I've been informed that I'm no longer employed at ESPN. Greatly enjoyed covering the B1G, and will immediately try to find a new challenge!

Dana O'Neil Tweet: Add me to the list. Just got the 'call.' I've been informed my contract will not be renewed at ESPN.

Pierre LeBrun Tweet: Well folks, as you can tell by my new Twitter handle, I was also among the cuts today at ESPN.

Other hosts posted about how difficult the day has been.

Trey Wingo Tweet: Too many dear friends to mention..but in a very tough business.. this is one of the toughest days I can remember.

Jemele Hill: It is difficult day at ESPN. So I'm seriously not here for the nonsense.

The move is aimed not just at cost cutting, but at shifting its strategy to adapt its content to digital distribution. ESPN is majority owned by ABC, a subsidiary of Walt-Disney.

"Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent—anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play—necessary to meet those demands," ESPN President John Skipper said in a post. "We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week. A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be posted to fill various needs."

ESPN cited one example of this new approach of providing content to viewers during all hours on any screen in its adaption of SportsCenter, a flagship program for the network. ESPN rolled out a late-night franchise, SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, in 2015 also in addition to SC6 with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill and more digital-only social programming and content for its app.

—With reporting by CNBC's Julia Boorstin