Layoffs at NBCUniversal Won't End Until 500 Employees Are Let Go

November 13, 2012
Layoffs at NBCUniversal Won't End Until 500 Employees Are Let Go

The drip-drip-drip of layoffs at NBCUniversal continued Monday with some New York-based television personnel getting their pink slips.

The layoffs are part of a monthslong concerted effort by parent Comcast to rein in costs by eliminating inefficiencies and duplications among staffs at various departments before the year ends, an insider confirmed.

Three weeks ago, NBCU’s G4 network canceled Attack of the Show! and X-Play, causing dozens of layoffs, for example, and two months before that, about 20 people at The Tonight Show were let go.

Those cuts, along with other job losses at the Universal Pictures’ home entertainment unit, NBC, Syfy, Bravo, USA, Oxygen, Style and E!, according to insiders, are part of an overall cost-cutting effort that won’t end until about 500 people have been trimmed from NBCU’s ranks of about 30,000 employees.

Insiders say the job cuts are not yet over -- a sound studio, for example, will close shortly, and about 20 people will lose their jobs -- nor are they happening across the entire company. Divisions have been asked to tighten their belts, but there are no mandates, people close to the situation said.

NBCUniversal declined comment.

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