A sporadic series of job cuts NBCUniversal has been making since August will amount to 500 positions, or 1.5% of the workforce, by year’s end.
A source at the conglom confirmed the number circulating in published reports but characterized the eliminations as “nips and cuts” aimed at reducing inefficiencies across many different divisions, as opposed to the broader layoffs that rocked NBCUniversal in the years before its acquisition by Comcast.
The bulk of the cuts have already been completed, but there are still more to come, though NBC Entertainment’s creative execs are expected to emerge unscathed. The unit is on the upswing this fall as new primetime series including “The Voice” and “Revolution” are reversing the ratings doldrums that have plagued the broadcaster in past years.
We wonder if NBC will now be receiving threats from the Obamabots?