NBCUniversal Cable Hit With Significant Layoffs Amid Restructuring

Variety | 9/19/2019 | Elaine Low
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Amid a restructuring, another round of layoffs are set to impact NBCUniversal’s E!, Bravo, Oxygen, USA and Syfy networks Thursday, a source familiar with the situation tells Variety, not long after the E! network laid off around 20-25 staff in August.

This round of layoffs is likely to impact fewer than 45 employees, more than last month’s news at E!, which came in tandem with the announcement that E! would be moving its nightly “E! News broadcast from Los Angeles to New York.

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The reorganization involves the promotion of Jen Neal to general manager of E! News, live events and lifestyle digital, up from her pervious post as exec VP of E! marketing and live events. In her new position, she will oversee the expanded E! News operation and manage digital assets across Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids.

The layoffs impact less than 5% of employees across the company’s entertainment and lifestyle group, which includes E!, Bravo, Oxygen and other brands. Development at Bravo and E! are being consolidated under Rachel Smith, who has been upped to executive VP of development of Bravo and E!.

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The E! layoffs last month follows the announcement that the network’s “Nightly Pop” would expand to four nights a week, while “Daily Pop” will remain on during weekdays at 12 p.m. ET/PT. The new formats being introduced next year include programs that have the working titles of “In the Room,” “Pop of the Morning,” and “BingE! Club.” There are also two additional celeb and pop culture commentary formats in the works.

The move comes as the lifestyle grou[p restructures. Below is an internal memo circulated by Frances Berwick, president of NBCUniversal’s lifestyle networks:

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Today the Lifestyle Group is making some changes to better organize ourselves for the future. I’m confident that this new structure, which creates multi-brand roles, will allow...
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