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iHeartMedia Internal Memo

An internal memo, obtained by Country Aircheck, from iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman and CFO Rich Bressler to all staff:

Team,

We wanted to update you on some steps that we’re taking to position our company for the post-COVID future.

As you know, last March we took the difficult step of furloughing some employees, most of whom were in jobs that we did not believe would be essential until business operations reverted back to their former state. Clearly the downturn has been deeper and longer than originally expected, although advertising is beginning to recover and we are doing better than most in our areas.  It is also apparent that, as a result of changed work habits and so much work still being done from home, we will not need all the jobs we once had; we will be working in new ways going forward and must align our organization with the future.

While we have brought back some of our furloughed colleagues, and will continue to bring back some others, we will unfortunately be eliminating a number of our furloughed jobs. These decisions were not made easily or quickly — and they are all painful. These are good people who really care about our company, and to lose any is hard. 

We wanted to share this information with you so you would be fully informed about what is happening in our company, and to let you know that we appreciate your dedication to the company and its mission, and all the hard work you are doing to keep us on the path of recovery and growth – not just back to where we were, but beyond. 

Bob and Rich