More information about the bloodbath that took place over at Viacom yesterday — to the tune of 850 layoffs — is beginning to trickle down. We heard a rumor from an insider yesterday who said that most of the MTV News department had been let go, which appears to concur with an L.A. Times report that the “deepest cuts” came from MTV Newtworks.
MTV Networks, which includes cable channels MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central. Viacom’s Hollywood movie studio, Paramount Pictures, let go 140 employees — 100 in the U.S. and the remainder in its international operations. Cable channel BET is cutting about 50 jobs.
According to the New York Post the “The sheer size of the bloodletting that went down at Viacom yesterday has current and now-former employees referring to CEO Philippe Dauman alternately as ‘the undertaker’ and ‘the mortician’ around the company’s water coolers.” Have any further info you want to share? Drop it in the tip box or shoot us an email.