Thursday, April 06, 2006

Katie did...finally

I'm glad all the hoopla about Katie Couric is finally over. I'm not a Katie-basher by the way. To be honest, I just don't watch morning TV (it's a little too early for my taste), so I don't have any strong opinions one way or the other about her. She seems competent at the job, more personable than a lot of other folks on TV, and is able to handle a hard news interview just as easily as the silly cooking segments and celebrity schmoozing that's such a big part of the morning shows. (Presumbably the cooking and celeb stuff will not be a part of the CBS Evening News deal.)

But, the whole thing once again reminds us of the ridiculous salaries these on-air people make.

The Daily News put it in perspective today:

"Does Katie Couric's estimated annual salary at CBS - $15 million a year - boggle your mind?

Think of it this way: it's almost $300,000 a week.

Or $60,000 a day. The average schmo in Manhattan, meanwhile, makes just $405 a day."


So, when you're trying to decide if you should splurge on a $6 cab ride instead of hopping on a bus, just remember, that same day Katie earned 60 grand. I don't know whether to be envious or nauseated.

13 comments:

grey goose said...

Damn it - I don't even earn $405 a day!!! :(

halo champ said...

That salary is sick.

moxie girl said...

Grey Goose I dont even make $60,000 a year!

Not a hipster said...

Yeah, me neither. I have to wait three more years before I make in a year what she makes in a day. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

veganerd said...

what kind of moron doesnt make $60,000 a day? bunch of sorry losers you are.

smooshie said...

haha I hope youre kidding veganerd. That is obscene that she makes that much - and she's not even the highest paid person on TV!

Not a hipster said...

Smooshie, who is the highest paid person on TV, do you know? And what kind of obscene money are they making?

It makes me sick...I'm jealous.

smooshie said...

Not a Hipster I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it's Oprah Winfrey and she makes something even more ridiculous, like a million dollars s week!!! I think that's obscene. But so is $60,000 a day.

Not a hipster said...

Oh yeah...Oprah. I really don't like her. It bugs the shit out of me when she acts so "noble" for donating $1 million to a charity, but that's nothing for her. That would be like me donating one week's pay to a charity and people thinking I'm the most generous person in the world. Give me a break.

LOTR said...

not a hipster that's my pet peeve too, when people ooh and aah over celebrities giving what seems like a big chunk of change, but in reality is nothing to them. When the average person making %60,000 a year gives a week's salary, which to my calc. is about $1100, that is a lot to them, they have to tighten their belt, or give up a luxury, so they can continue to live, pay their mortgage, their car bills, etc. When Oprah making $1 million a week, or another celeb making $300,000 a week, gives a week's salary, they still have PLENTY left to live luxuriously. Oh wow - I only have $51 million to survive on this year instead of $52 million. They don't even notice it's gone. Most American live paycheck to paycheck, these super rich not only have these obscene salaries, they have investment opportunities and tax breaks the rest of us can't even imagine.

miss jane said...

But...but, Oprah is so good, she gave away cars to everyone in her audience. Oh wait, that's right. She didn't buy them, the car company gave them for free.

Not a hipster said...

Yeah, and a lot of the people couldn't accept them because they couldn't afford to pay the taxes on them. You'd think Oprah could have done at least THAT.

t-mobile said...

Then I read stories about people who lost everything they owned in New Orleans, I get so angry. But as long as Katie makes her $300,000 A WEEK and Oprah her $1 million A WEEK, well that's important news!

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