NBC Universal trims 3% of workforce, including theme parks

Posted Friday, December 5, 2008 4:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff

General Electric Co.'s media and theme park subsidiary, NBC Universal, this week laid off about 500 employees — about 3 percent of its work force of 15,000 — as part of a plan to trim $500 million next year, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. Several correspondents and other staff were laid off at NBC News. Positions were cut in roughly even proportions across NBC Universal's ad sales, theme parks, movie studio and cable networks.

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Friday, December 5, 2008 5:27 PM

Ugg! Rough Stuff! Businessses are scared right now, and now that it's an official country-wide recession, it's only going to get worse.

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Friday, December 5, 2008 5:33 PM

That explains why I saw The Hulk standing in the unemployment line the other day - and he didn't look happy.

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Monday, December 8, 2008 1:29 PM

^^ - I loved how as soon as some think-tank declared it a recession, like we needed their stamp of approval, the markets took a nose-dive. I say find those 3 guys and string em up, if they had kept their mouths shut it wouldn't have been a problem. ;)

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Monday, December 8, 2008 1:58 PM

Rrrriiiiggghhhhtttt . . . 'cause nobody knew we had a problem before. ;)

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Monday, December 8, 2008 2:28 PM

That's exactly my point though. The market takes a big nasty XXXX because an overpaid nobody, who works with a bunch of other overpaid nobodies, issued a press release. Hell, Reagan knew we were in a recession, and he's been dead for 4 years.

Of course, this could also explain why the market's in the crapper. The idiots doing a bulk of the trading didn't know we were in a recession until someone told them point blank.

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Monday, December 8, 2008 2:38 PM

If Reagan knew what this Republican president's econ. guys were doing -- Bernanke, Paulson, Kashkari -- he'd be spinning in his grave . . .

. . . which by itself makes me in favor of it. :)

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Monday, December 8, 2008 2:39 PM

Man! This country gets dumber & stupider every day! Pretty so, we'll all be like the slobs in WALL-E, depending on 'bots to feed us and help us.

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Monday, December 8, 2008 2:45 PM

Dumber and stupider? Wow. When exactly do you think we will become slobs who are fed by robots? I might need to condition for this.

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Monday, December 8, 2008 8:09 PM

Well, you've seen Wall-E, right?

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Monday, December 8, 2008 9:20 PM

Sure, but pretty soon?

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 7:15 AM

Nice to see Prof. Noble gets the pop culture joke. :)

On the other hand, if the rest of you stopped slobbering over the coaster porn (once in a while), you might see the other stuff around you and have gotten the joke. :)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 8:50 AM

Sure, but pretty soon?

Some might argue "today".

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 8:58 AM

I'm not trying to be a jerk here, but I really don't get the joke. I understand the movie and the cultural commentary it provides. I don't get the connection to this news article and therefore its reference here.

Can you explain that?

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 9:12 AM

Never mind. I get it. It's referring to the discussion that three overpaid nobodies has caused this economic crisis.

Sorry, folks. My bad. I ask for a "pass" on this one. :)

Last edited by Carrie M., Tuesday, December 9, 2008 9:15 AM
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 3:25 PM

Carrie, don't worry about it. There are some joke I don't get the first or second time either.

You have been forgiven.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 5:12 PM

I haven't seen Wall-E yet. Hope the joke was funny.

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