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CNBC Eliminates Dedicated Staff Covering Climate Change

CNBC will reportedly close its climate desk and no longer have a dedicated journalist covering climate change.

The Comcast-owned business news cable network has not publicly commented on the decision, which was first reported by Bloomberg Green journalist Akshat Rati.

Rati cited a LinkedIn post by CNBC’s recently fired climate innovation and technology reporter Katherine Clifford about a conversation she had with her “editor’s boss.”

“As part of the newsroom cuts, CNBC will no longer have a staff member dedicated to climate change, the boss said,” Clifford wrote. “This boss told me that the climate desk was being dismantled and my position in charge of climate technology and innovation was being eliminated.”

Comcast’s parent company NBCUniversal recently enacted layoffs across multiple divisions, but it remains unclear whether CNBC’s layoffs are part of those cuts.

Comcast is feeling the heat as more Americans continue to cut the cord, choosing a la carte streaming entertainment options over expensive cable packages. This means less revenue for channels like CNBC and MSNBC, which he receives a portion of his monthly cable TV bill even if he doesn’t watch them.

As Breitbart News reported, a recent study predicts that cord-cutting will shrink the cable TV industry to 38 percent of U.S. households in just four years.

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