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Comcast Moving Cable Network Operations From Denver's CMC To N.J.

Comcast will move network origination operations for Versus, PBS Kids Sprout and several regional sports networks from the Comcast Media Center in Denver to NBC Universal's facility in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., a reorganization that will affect about 80 employees.

"Over the next 18 months, technical operations for several networks will be transitioned to Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where operations for the majority of NBC Universal's cable networks are already located," Comcast said in a statement. "This move will enable the company to standardize technical procedures, and more easily facilitate content sharing across networks."

The changes were first reported Friday by The Denver Post.

Comcast and NBCU also are combining their programming-network distribution teams at the Englewood Cliffs location, phasing jobs out of Philadelphia. Comcast completed the deal giving it control of NBCU in January 2011.

Some employees at CMC in Denver will face layoffs, according to Comcast and NBCU. "During the transition, these employees will be eligible to apply for open positions at Comcast or NBC Universal, both locally and across the company," Comcast said in a statement. "For those individuals who are unable to find other roles within the company, we will provide them a severance package as well as assistance in finding a new position."

Last August, Gary Traver, senior vice president and chief operating officer at CMC, left the company.