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COURIC FACES PAY CUT; DEEP LAYOFFS HIT CBSNEWS
Drudge Report ^ | Feb. 3, 2010

Posted on 02/03/2010 7:07:58 AM PST by COUNTrecount

CBSNEWS anchorwoman and 60 MINUTES contributor Katie Couric faces a dramatic pay cut at the network, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

CBS boss Les Moonves is determined to save money and trim expenses -- from top to bottom -- at the former crown jewel of broadcasting.

Couric, the highest paid TV news personality in history, commands over $14 million a year, plus bumps for non-EVENING NEWS appearances.

But her salary is now in the direct line of fire, network insiders explain, and a populist backlash against Couric's cash is said to be forming inside the newsroom.

"She makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year!" demands a veteran producer. "It's complete insanity."

The angry source continues: "We report with great enthusiasm how much bankers are making, how it is out of step with reality during a recession. We'll, look at Katie!"

MORE

Couric's $300,000 a week paycheck has become the obsession of disgruntled CBS staff, just as deep layoffs rock the fishbowl.

Dozens of employees -- including staff members in D.C., San Francisco, Miami, London, Los Angeles and Moscow -- are being let go, the NEW YORK OBSERVER reports.

Couric's current CBS contract expires next year.

Developing...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press. Tears welled in the lifelong reporter’s eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cbsnews; drudge; layoffs; liberalmedia
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To: COUNTrecount

You know, the network brass apparently never thought to ask 1) will people really watch our newscast just to see her, despite the lame, biased content and 2) what kind of audience would watch just to see her, the dim-bulb, marginally literate demographic perhaps? Chickens...coming home...roost.


21 posted on 02/03/2010 7:27:07 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: COUNTrecount
Couric faces pay cut?..... Maybe she can make more doing lap dances?.....
22 posted on 02/03/2010 7:29:55 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: COUNTrecount

I love it. I wouldn’t normally care; but, in this case, I’ll make an exception and cheer SeeBS’ economic decline(it’s deserved) and Couric’s expected cut. I hope all the MSM goes belly-up; but, Obuma will bail them out.


23 posted on 02/03/2010 7:30:01 AM PST by izzatzo
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To: tiki

If they axed Couric and made Brit Hume their anchor, they’d get many more viewers.


25 posted on 02/03/2010 7:32:33 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Brett66

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWuSi00CcNk

When Costanza Double dipped the chip - just end it!!!! LOL


26 posted on 02/03/2010 7:36:14 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Years ago, the CBS affiliate used to be the mainstay default position on our channel dial. Nowadays I have the whole network blocked from my television. Between their news department’s Obama cheerleading and scumbag Letterman’s rape jokes about Palin’s underage daughter, the whole rancid, hate-America network can go burn in Hell.


27 posted on 02/03/2010 7:39:27 AM PST by greene66
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To: COUNTrecount

28 posted on 02/03/2010 7:40:08 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (O)
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To: COUNTrecount
"She makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year!" demands a veteran producer. "It's complete insanity."

In that case, double her salary.

29 posted on 02/03/2010 7:41:07 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

LOL! L love that fist coming in from the right!


30 posted on 02/03/2010 7:42:20 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (happily replying to threads without reading the articles since 2002)
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To: kanawa

31 posted on 02/03/2010 7:45:10 AM PST by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: COUNTrecount

What about those obscene salaries paid to execs whose companies are in trouble?

Oh, but that criticism doesn’t apply to liberal media corporations.


32 posted on 02/03/2010 7:45:17 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: COUNTrecount

Yeah, but if they cut her wages, tax revenues to the fed and state go WAAAY down! No-win situation!

< /sarc >


33 posted on 02/03/2010 7:46:11 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: COUNTrecount

ask not for whom the Class Warfare bell tolls....


34 posted on 02/03/2010 7:47:30 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: COUNTrecount

300K a week. Wow. I’m sure her rating warrant it.


35 posted on 02/03/2010 7:47:40 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: COUNTrecount

It’s insanity that they ever thought she was worth anything. Their rating started in the toilet and have regressed into the sewer. They’re laghing it up at Fox!!!!!


36 posted on 02/03/2010 7:50:55 AM PST by ontap
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To: eCSMaster
If they axed Couric and made Brit Hume their anchor, they’d get many more viewers.

If they fired her and made PeeWee Herman their anchor, they'd double their viewers.

37 posted on 02/03/2010 7:51:01 AM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Take away KTs makeup and hair people. Don’t subsidize her clothing fund...Leave her with only one cameraman. She can pay for them all out of her own pocket.


38 posted on 02/03/2010 7:51:11 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: bcsco
Do you think Katie will be unhappy about a salary cut if it saves other people's jobs at CBS?

Yeah, me too. I guess that share the wealth thing isn't that great when it's your wealth your sharing not somebody else’s.

39 posted on 02/03/2010 8:01:52 AM PST by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Does anyone really watch this clown?


40 posted on 02/03/2010 8:27:17 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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