Report: With Ratings Problems, Comcast's NBC Considers Cuts at 'Today' Show to Keep Up Show's Profit Margins NY Post
"Staffers at NBC’s struggling 'Today' show are bracing for possible cutbacks and layoffs, and wondering whether Matt Lauer will give up any of his $25 million annual salary to save jobs there, sources tell Page Six," reports the New York Post.
The story says, "[S]ources tell Page Six that NBC parent Comcast is looking at 'Today' with a close eye on the bottom line amid its ratings woes."
The story adds, "[T]he show has been losing ground to arch-rival 'Good Morning America.' A source told us, 'Comcast has been looking at every one of its shows. The ‘Today’ staff has been warned that cuts could be coming, and the question there is, if they start dumping people, will Matt Lauer take a cut the way Jay Leno did?'
"Another source said, 'It will be the little people who go first -- the makeup people, writers, but these people have families, and it will put pressure on Matt to do the right thing.' ”
The report continues, "A rep for 'Today' insisted, 'There will be absolutely no staff cuts at the "Today" show.' "