New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC’s New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast’s diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new offices will be smaller, more transparent, further from NBCU co-owner GE, and have communal lavatories.
This change in the privacy of privies has some corporate history: former chief of NBC entertainment, Jeff Gaspin, had built himself a $200,000 private bathroom by his office (pictured). Those free-spending days are over. Comcast has indicated that his extravagance was a key factor in his release from the company.
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[Photo of Jeff Gaspin’s $200,000 bathroom courtesy of Business Insider and Hirsch Bedner Associates.]