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Comcast Makes Cuts Out East

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has confirmed a report that it will cut as many as 300 jobs from its Eastern division as part of a restructuring plan aimed at streamlining operations there.

Beth Bacha, vice president of communications for Comcast's Eastern Division, said the reorg will affect less than 1.5 percent of the 20,000 people employed in the division. Cuts will be focused primarily on division and regional management employees rather than "frontline" technicians and other employee-facing workers.

Bacha said Comcast is making an effort to move affected workers to other positions within the company. Not all of those employees have been notified, but the entire process is expected to take several weeks to complete, she added.

Under the plan, Comcast's Eastern division will be reduced from six regions to four. Among changes, the MSO's Philadelphia metro and New Jersey regions will be combined into one "Freedom" division, and its former Potomac/Maryland/Delaware/Richmond region will be fused into the "Beltway" region. Comcast's two other regions in the East -- Central Pennsylvania and Three Rivers -- won't be affected.

In July, Comcast integrated its Midwest division, reducing its operating divisions to four. In addition to the East, the three other remaining Comcast divisions include West, South, and North Central.

Although the changes are aimed at improving the operational efficiency of one division (no word yet if there are similar plans in store for other Comcast divisions), news of the cuts come after Comcast Corp. COO and cable division president Steve Burke told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the MSO was well positioned to weather an economic recession.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News
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