SNY ends shows, trims staff because of coronavirus impact

SNY ended its 5 p.m. programming that featured “The Thread” and “Loudmouths,” while trimming its staff of 20 production people as another result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.

The host of “The Thread,” Justine Ward, has resigned, but it is not in protest of the moves, but rather a career change as she is soon starting an MBA program at Notre Dame.

As for the regulars on the 5 o’clock hour, SNY is de-emphasizing freelancers, but will still continue with “Baseball Night in New York” now and, when things are up and running, “SportsNite.” This could offer some opportunities, but SNY isn’t clear yet if it will use freelancers.

“For 15 years, we have made adjustments and improvements to ensure SNY’s health and sustained growth,” SNY said in a statement. “The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to do a comprehensive assessment of our business, and we are, again, responding with changes. We have decided to discontinue two of our television programs, ‘The Thread’ and ‘LoudMouths,’ while we further evaluate our programming strategy. These decisions are never easy, but necessary to keep SNY well-positioned for the future.”

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