Jane Velez-Mitchell show on HLN ended due to budget cuts

Associated Press

Jane Velez-Mitchell and her staff have been laid off due to budget cuts at CNN, ending her nightly program on the HLN network.

Her program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on the CNN sister network, ended Monday. Mitchell was told of the layoff on Tuesday, said an executive at CNN who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel matters. Twelve people, including Mitchell, were let go with this cut.

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The show will be replaced temporarily by reruns of "Forensic Files."

CNN Worldwide is in the midst of an 8 percent staff cut, a total of 300 jobs. An estimated 130 people have taken buyouts, with layoffs accounting for the remainder, the executive said Wednesday.

HLN's future has been a subject of speculation recently, after CNN negotiated but failed to reach a deal with Vice Media over that company taking over some of HLN's programming.