'Rock Center' Lays Off Staffers

NBC News has laid off some of the production staff for "Rock Center" as the show wraps up, TV Newser reported Friday.

Staffers received their severance packages on Thursday. The network is trying to place as many employees as possible in other jobs at NBC News, according to TV Newser, which reported that 60 percent of “Rock Center” staffers have already gotten offers.

"Rock Center," Brian Williams' primetime newsmagazine, was canceled earlier this month. The show endured numerous scheduling changes and struggled to find an audience. It eventually landed on Friday nights at 10 p.m. — a move that did not bode well for the show's future.

"There have been so many notable moments -- unprecedented access to the White House Situation Room, a compelling hour-long broadcast on the Boston Marathon bombings, the Emmy Award-winning exclusive with Jerry Sandusky – just to mention a few," NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel said in a memo announcing the cancelation in May. "Everyone gave their all to bring the most interesting stories to our viewers."

The last broadcast of "Rock Center" will be June 21, less than two years after the show debuted in November 2011 and before NBC's stated three-year commitment.



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