Thursday, October 19, 2006

BLOODBATH AT NBC

Well, folks, it's official yet again, the TV business SUCKS.

Today, they're reporting big layoffs and reshufflings over at NBC, and that TV news is going to get sacked, bigtime. No details yet, because apparently it's all underway right now. There are conference calls and all sorts of things happening. Among the big rumors is that they are planning to move MSNBC out of Secaucus and possibly get out of live programming on that channel, and presumably get rid of most of its people. Radar Online says they are going to fire 220 people in news. That's a lot of people, folks.

Among other things Dateline NBC is going to take some hits. Newsmagazine shows have been going steadily downhill anyways; the 1990s are over. Now Dateline is doing what 48 Hours is doing: they are being reduced to regurgitating old crime stories and and the like. Good for people like me who like watching that sort of thing; bad for the reporters, though, because they are going the cheap route.

I should note that even shows like Access Hollywood are taking hits. I read that they canned a bunch of people not too long ago. Even the TODAY Show is getting hit, from what I hear.

This is what happens when you folks at home don't watch Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, or My Name is Earl, or Kidnapped, or any of the other quality junk that NBC puts on its TV screens. This is what happens when NBC's prime time barely beats Gilmore Girls. You ain't watching, so they're going on a firing spree. What boggles my mind is that the folks at NBC seem to be giving up trying to make any headway in news. They seem to believe that news is a non-growth area, so news is getting hit the most and people are being thrown out of windows.

More details on the bloodbath later.

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