Microsoft Corp to cut more jobs at MSN this week
As part of reorganization called on by Microsoft Corporation in July, the Windows 8 maker is on its way to axe jobs of dozens of freelance writers and contractors working at MSN.
A spokesperson from MSN confirmed the layoffs, but declined to comment any further on the number of job cuts to be carried out. A person close to the company said the cut off plans may affect over 100 contractors and freelance writers.
MSN News and Entertainment Lead Editor, Kent Laird, has sent out an email to the contractors and content contributors saying “I am writing you to let you know that effective 10/1/2013 our freelance budget has gone away entirely,” noted The Hollywood Reporter.
Steve Ballmer had announced back in July Microsoft’s plans to radically reorganize MSN which included pruning of contractors and freelance writers associated with the company. The cuts will affect only the contractor positions and not company’s full time employees.
The online services unit of Microsoft comprising of MSN portal and Bing search engine has never proved to be profitable and has resulted in a loss of over $3 Billion for the company in the last two years. Some investors are even in the opinion of sale of the unit.
Brian MacDonald, Microsoft’s Apps, Media and Publishing group’s Corporate Vice President , merged MSN and Bing Apps, which produces news and weather content, as part of the company’s July reorganization plans.
With plans of cutting contractor and vendor budgets, MSN is also planning to spend more on its full time employees, added MacDonald.