CourtTV, which is in the middle of changing its name to truTV, has laid 16 of the 31 people on its online staff as the network shifts its online trial coverage to CNN.com, reports TVWeek. CNN will be replacing its CNN.com/law site with CNN.com/crime. The new site will pick up trial coverage and will be managed by CNN.com staff in Atlanta.
Staci adds: I’ve confirmed that CNN.com has no plans to add staff to manage the extra coverage, set to begin Jan. 1. In addition to the online trial coverage, CNN.com inherits CourtTV’s crime library. The new section also will have the in-depth reporting on the Justice Department. (We can only hope they rethink changing the name of the section from CNN.com/law to CNN.com/crime.) Meanwhile, a statement from truTV sheds little light about their plans for the new truTV.com, other than using video to match their programming.