Nate Silver Out at ABC News as Disney Layoffs Once Again Hit News Division

April 26, 2023

The second round of Disney layoffs hit ABC News on Tuesday, with Nate Silver’s data-driven politics and journalism brand FiveThirtyEight among those being impacted. Silver told FiveThirtyEight employees in a Slack message that he expects to leave Disney when his contract is up, which he added would be “soon,” The Hollywood Reporter has learned. ABC News is expected to keep the FiveThirtyEight brand name, with plans to streamline the site and make it more efficient. Silver would go on to sell the site to Disney’s ESPN; it later was moved to the ABC News division. ABC News, meanwhile, is once again grappling with layoffs after a slew of senior executives were cut last month.