They say actions speak louder than words. But how often do we encounter people who say things and make promises they have no intention of keeping on a daily basis. Well, there are some whose actions do speak louder. And one such person is a well-known news anchor who took a $1 million pay cut to save dozens of jobs. Though the anchor secretly took the cut in 2009, news of the generous deed recently made headlines.
This should come as a pleasant surprise to many in these times of job cuts across the globe.
Reporting the story, trueactivist.com said: “Whatever your opinion is of Katie Couric, the former news anchor for "CBS Evening News,” it might be agreed that the journalist did an admirable thing when, in 2009, she took a $1 million pay cut to protect dozens of jobs.”
According to the Amazon best-seller Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency by James Andrew Miller, Couric met with CBS News president Sean McManus when she heard that cuts might be made.
Couric’s agent Alan Berger revealed the cuts would include staff of all levels, “from senior-level producers to young associate producers — all key contributors to the production of the daily newscast.” Upon learning this, the news anchor decided to take matters into her own hands.
GoodNewsNetwork relays that she proposed covering the necessary budget with her own salary after just 3 years working with the company to prevent dozens of employees from being laid off. In addition, she requested for “no public or private acknowledgement of the deed.”
Once Miller's book was published this year, on August 9, however, news of the generous deed could no longer be kept secret. In result, Couric has received heaps of praise for the pay cut she took in 2009, reported trueactivist.com.
Katie Couric has set an example in times when many seem intent on making the most money possible.