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Go Woke, Get Broke: Vox Fires 7% Of Staff; Vice's Valuation Plunges

•, by Tyler Durden

Some media companies have even collapsed in valuation. 

Many are blaming increasing macroeconomic uncertainty that has crushed advertising revenues. 

A wave of recent layoffs has hit media companies, including CNN, Buzzfeed, Paramount Global (the parent to CBS, MTV, VH1), The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Roku, Morning Brew, Gannett (parent company to USA Today), and many more in the past year. 

Add Vox Media, which owns brands like The Verge, SB Nation, and New York magazine, to the growing list of media layoffs.

Axios obtained an internal memo from CEO Jim Bankoff to staff about reducing headcount by 7%. About 1,900 people work for the company, which equates to about 133 layoffs. 

Bankoff noted that the headcount reduction would impact teams across revenue, editorial, operations, and core services. 

"While we are not expecting further layoffs at this time, we will continue to assess our outlook, keep a tight control on expenses and consider implementing other cost savings measures as needed," he said, adding layoffs were a last resort.

The move was to address the coming downturn in the economy.  

Besides layoffs and other cost measures, media company valuations have plunged. 

For instance, Vice Media is putting itself up for sale (again) at around a billion-dollar valuation, according to CNBC, citing people familiar with the talks.

Today's number is far from the $5.7 billion valuation in 2017.