NBC News cuts 15-20 jobs

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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. "This process began some time ago, it continues to today and will continue tomorrow."

The changes come at a time when the news division has been the subject of some bright spots for its beleaguered broadcast network. "Today," which had been feeling the heat from ABC's "Good Morning America," will this week celebrate 12 years atop the breakfastcast heap. "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" won the November sweep among evening newscasts, "Meet the Press" remains on top among Sunday public-affairs shows, and MSNBC narrowly beat CNN in so-called sales prime in November.
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