'Today,' 'NBC Nightly News' hit by modest layoffs

By Sara Morrison

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - NBC News was hit by a round of layoffs recently, with "Today" and "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" losing a small number of staff, a network spokesperson told TheWrap.

The spokesperson said that "less than 2 percent" of each show's staff was affected but declined to say the exact number or their positions within the company. "Today"'s layoffs came on Tuesday while "Nightly News" restructured "a few weeks ago," the spokesperson said.

New York Times writer Brian Stelter tweeted that "Today" lost nine staffers, but an insider with knowledge of the situation said the morning show pinkslipped fewer than that.

NBC News cut staffers on the now-canceled "Rock Center" in May. Once dominant "Today" has been battling ABC counterpart "Good Morning America" for morning show dominance; a year ago, it replaced co-host Ann Curry with Savannah Guthrie.

Former employees may have a chance to work for the company again; several open positions at the "Today" show and NBC News were posted to its careers site on Monday.