Rupert Murdoch Takes Over National Geographic, Then Lays Off Award-Winning Staff

ReverbPress, on the National Geographic takeover:

The memo went out, and November 3rd 2015 came to the National Geographic office. This was the day in which Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox took over National Geographic. The management of National Geographic sent out an email telling its staff, all of its staff, all to report to their headquarters, and wait by their phones. This pulled back every person who was in the field, every photographer, every reporter, even those on vacation had to show up on this fateful day.

As these phones rang, one by one National Geographic let go the award-winning staff, and the venerable institution was no more.

While I’ve never been an avid reader of National Geographic, it has always felt like a staple in the world. I remember flipping through their magazines (in paper!) back in my high school library.

I truly hope that this doesn’t spell the end of the National Geographic as we know it. Like ReverbPress, I can’t help but be worried.