National Geographic Shutters West Coast Office

All five employees have been offered relocation packages

National Geographic Channel is making some consolidation changes.

The network, a joint venture of Fox Cable Networks and National Geographic, has shuttered its West Coast office in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

All five employees have been offered relocation packages as Nat Geo looks to build a stronger presence in New York with its office there and in Washington, D.C.

The change comes nearly eight months after Nat Geo CEO David Lyle stepped down from his post and Courteney Monroe took over the position, and five months after Tim Pastore was promoted to president of original programming.

"Now that we have a new senior team in place with Courteney and Tim, they have evaluated our whole operation, and determined we will be a stronger network if we consolidate our creative power in two offices, not three — and specifically increasing our footprint in New York," a Nat Geo spokesman said in a statement to THR. "This is not to suggest the L.A. office has not been productive, but sustaining minor satellite offices is not as effective as creating a major creative hub in one additional city beyond D.C. All employees in LA (totaling five) are being offered relocation packages. Creative consolidation between two offices and specifically increasing our footprint in N.Y. will allow NGC to be an even stronger force in the nonfiction industry. We of course will still be conducting business as usual with our L.A.-based partners, and it is worth noting that one of our parent companies (Fox) obviously still has a substantial footprint in L.A. Most importantly, there will be no interruption to our business and our relationships with the creative community, and our top executives will continue to have an on-going presence in Los Angeles."

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