PRIMESTAR TRIMS 275 JOBS IN MOVE TO REVAMP OPERATIONS AND CUT COSTS

Primestar's new CEO, Carl Vogel, moved quickly to restructure the company he began leading June 10 with his recent decision to cut 275 out of 2,200 corporate jobs. Three senior vice presidents are among the departing employees: Denny Wilkinson, marketing/programming; Joel Ginsparg, technology/operations; and Michael Merritt, CIO. Vogel had tipped off his plans during a press briefing in late July at the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) annual conference in Nashville (SN, July 24). He acknowledged at the time that the organization was struggling to meld together the five partnerships that previously operated independently under the Primestar name prior to the April 1 rollup of all the units into a single company.