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The Defense Department has consolidated three media outlets into one new organization: DoD News.
Formed on July 8, DoD News consists of the Pentagon Channel, American Forces News Service and Defense Department Social Media.
While the merger is meant to harness the three organization’s strengths to improve news quality, it comes after cuts to the Defense Media Activity, the parent organization for all three entities.
The Pentagon Channel was forced to scale back production in 2012 after 22 employees were laid off. Since then, it has served as mostly as a sort of C-SPAN for Defense Department news briefings and military-related congressional hearings.
Cathy Milhoan, of the DMA, did not mention these cuts in a June 30 American Forces Press Service report about the new organization.
“We are bringing a lot of experience to bear here, and now that our new team has begun to work together closely, I believe the consolidated effort will build a successful new brand,” Milhoan said in the AFPS story. “I think our readers, viewers and followers will be able to identify more readily with all of our products.”