NBCUniversal’s year-end pink slips have also hit business network CNBC. The network cut a handful of staffers 11/16 as part of NBCU’s call for 450 layoffs company-wide. The changes come as Patricia Fili-Krushel, the new chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, makes her mark in the news division.
Earlier this week, Fili-Krushel moved to bring in new blood at NBC’s “Today” morning show after it was knocked from the No. 1 spot.
The latest to exit “Today” is senior producer Noah Kotch, who was in charge of the show’s 7 a.m. hour. Kotch, who was previously with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” was hired by former Executive Producer Jim Bell just last year, reports The NY Post. Bell also left “Today” this week for a new role producing NBC’s Olympics coverage.
NBCUniversal is laying off hundreds this latest round of belt-tightening. The cuts are taking place across the board and affects about 450 employees, or 1.5% of the total staff of 30,000. Networks such as USA, E!, Bravo, G4, Syfy and MSNBC are also feeling the pinch.
The creative side of NBC Entertainment was not affected by the layoffs, according to reports. Earlier this year, NBC cut about 25 staffers on “The Tonight Show” to trim the show’s budget. Host Jay Leno took a 50% pay cut.
Comcast acquired a 51% stake in NBCU from General Electric last year, and may buy GE’s remaining 49% stake in 2014.