Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Discover(y) the meaning of irony

I'm sorry, but I can't be the only person who sees the irony here...
(source: Current.org)

Discovery plans to launch an earth-focused channel and turn its Silver Spring, Md., headquarters "green" as part of a $50 million project it's calling PlanetGreen, Broadcasting & Cable reports. The cable network will relaunch its current Home channel as the as-yet-unnamed eco-friendly channel next year. Programs will focus on eco-design, organic food and "green" architecture, among other topics.

Discovery today cut approximately 200 staffers, or roughly 3 percent of its workforce, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Network management let go roughly 20 percent of the aggregate staffs of the Discovery Channel; Animal Planet; the Education group; and some Corporate Service groups.

So everyone at Discovery must've felt great about how their company was investing $50 million dollars in "going green" for four whole days...until they realized that $50 million could've been used to save their jobs. That's gotta sting.

Ed.note: Yes, I know I'm oversimplifying here...these things really have almost nothing to do with each other. I'm just commenting on the lousy timing of these two news reports. I can't believe there aren't some laid-off Discovery Staffers that aren't thinking exactly the same thing. Even the Associated Press showed a little cheek in their report.

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