Skip to comments.COURIC FACES PAY CUT; DEEP LAYOFFS HIT CBSNEWS
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!"
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.
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 reporters eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.
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.
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.
If they axed Couric and made Brit Hume their anchor, they’d get many more viewers.
When Costanza Double dipped the chip - just end it!!!! LOL
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.
In that case, double her salary.
LOL! L love that fist coming in from the right!
What about those obscene salaries paid to execs whose companies are in trouble?
Oh, but that criticism doesn’t apply to liberal media corporations.
Yeah, but if they cut her wages, tax revenues to the fed and state go WAAAY down! No-win situation!
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ask not for whom the Class Warfare bell tolls....
300K a week. Wow. I’m sure her rating warrant it.
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!!!!!
If they fired her and made PeeWee Herman their anchor, they'd double their viewers.
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.
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.
Does anyone really watch this clown?