Some NBC Universal ops moving from 30 Rock

'Late Night,' 'SNL' will remain at iconic HQ

NEW YORK -- NBC Universal said Wednesday that it would revamp its operations in Manhattan by 2009, keeping several units at 30 Rockefeller Center but moving the rest to a new facility.

NBC said it wouldn't be leaving 30 Rock, its iconic headquarters and the largest tenant at the famous skyscraper. It will continue to be the home of NBC Sports, NBC News and two NBC Entertainment programs, "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "Saturday Night Live." But the company said it had outgrown the existing space for its other operations.

But the new facility, which will either be a new building or an existing one remodeled, will have 2,000-3,000 employees. It's likely that NBC will give up significant space at 30 Rock, not to mention its other offices on Madison Avenue, Park Avenue and Chelsea Market. The new facility, which will be environmentally sound, also will have a conference center, fitness center, commissary and a childcare and health center. Still to be worked out is whether NBC Uni CEO Jeff Zucker's office will be in the new building or at 30 Rock.

The East Coast plans mirror what NBC Uni has done in Los Angeles with the plans for a West Coast News and Content Center as well as the multimillion-dollar renovation of NBC News at 30 Rock, where a new newsroom and MSNBC was opened last year.

Meanwhile, NBC Uni will be putting millions of dollars into a new production center for WNBC-TV, which will include a 24-hour digital all-news channel that will launch next year. The center will also serve WNBC.com, the channel itself and out-of-home with local news as the centerpiece. That construction, on the sixth and seventh floor of 30 Rock where WNBC is now, will be finished in early 2009.

"In order to remain successful, local stations must put the appropriate weight on the additional platforms beyond their core television station," said NBC Local Media chief John Wallace.
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