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NBC News cuts 15-20 jobs

7 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- NBC News will cut about 1% of its work force, or about 15-20 jobs, throughout the division.

Final decisions haven't been made, but the cuts likely will start Friday and continue through the middle of next week. Some of the 15 or 20 jobs will be buyouts; the others will be layoffs. NBC News has about 2,000 employees between the network news division and its cable channel, MSNBC.

No on-air talent will be affected, unlike the last round that led to the contracts of several -- including anchors John Siegenthaler and Stone Phillips -- not being renewed. The cuts would lead to a savings of less than $20 million a year.

The cuts will be felt at several places, including NBC Nightly News and Today as well as MSNBC. They're not related to the 750 or so jobs cut late last year in a reorganization of the news division.

"There's an ongoing process at NBC News to reallocate, reorganize and right-size the division given the business pressures that every major media organization is facing," NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust said. »

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NBC drops 'Dateline' co-anchor Phillips

23 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Cuts at NBC News reached to another on-air talent with the impending departure of Dateline co-anchor Stone Phillips.

Phillips' contract will not be renewed, leaving Today co-host Ann Curry as the sole anchor of the NBC newsmagazine that recently was renewed for Saturdays in the fall and Sundays after football. Phillips had been with Dateline for 15 years.

"I'm profoundly appreciative of the many friends and colleagues, past and present, who have been a part of the 'Dateline' family," Phillips said. "This is a great news division with a bright future. I wish the people of NBC News all the best."

Phillips' departure is one of several cuts mandated by corporate that have hit NBC News, most recently the departure of John Siegenthaler from the anchor chair of the weekend NBC Nightly News. NBC decided that in the new TV environment it couldn't justify keeping someone whose primary job was anchoring the weekend news.

NBC said this month that Today co-host Lester Holt would stay longer and anchor the weekend news (HR 5/10). »

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