Comcast's NBCUniversal unit lays off 500 employees: source

LOS ANGELES Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:37pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal entertainment unit is laying off about 500 employees at cable channels, Jay Leno's late-night TV show and the Universal Pictures movie studio, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

The cuts add up to about 1.5 percent of the company's workforce of 30,000 employees, the source said.

A large portion of the layoffs occurred at the G4 cable channel, a network about video games and the gaming culture, the source said. Two of the network's shows were recently canceled.

Other layoffs occurred about two months ago at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which cut about two dozen crew members.

The company's movie studio, Universal Pictures, also eliminated about 20 jobs, including some at the home entertainment division. Home entertainment sales have suffered across the industry as traditional DVDs fall from favor with consumers.

Other job cuts are expected at NBC News group and the company's cable channels, which include USA, Bravo and E!, the source said.

Comcast bought a 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal in January 2011.

(Reporting By Ronald Grover; Writing by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Peter Lauria and Paul Tait)

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Comments (2)
Numb3rTech wrote:
I am afraid the lay-offs are just starting everywhere now.

Please keep people employed. The CEO’s and other officers do not need to be making the mega-dollars that they do. They do need to be able to be profitable for the investors, but greed will kill this country.

Nov 13, 2012 2:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
sbeigel wrote:
I think that NBC should not be paying some of the anchors for the morning show 45 million a year and maybe those 500 people could keep their jobs.

Nov 15, 2012 4:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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