[Guest post by DRJ]
Reportedly Katie Couric is paid $14M a year or $300K a week. That’s several multiples more than most CBS employees, and apparently some of them have noticed:
“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. Well, 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.”
The New York Post says Couric makes $15M a year and her continued big paycheck is questionable since CBS News “laid off 150 people on Monday — including, for the first time, staffers at ’60 Minutes’.” But Politico reports CBS News and Sports’ President Sean McManus denied Couric is facing a salary cut next year.