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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:47 pm    Post subject: Bell Media cutting jobs at CTV Reply with quote

( well the CBC hires new employees like crazy , other outlets are struggling )

Bell Media cutting jobs

Company says regulatory decisions have had impact on revenue

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 31, 2017 1:10 PM ET| Last Updated: Jan 31, 2017 1:19 PM ET

Bell Media says an undisclosed number of layoffs began Monday and are ongoing, coming from more than two dozen locations across the country.


Bell Media says it's laying some people off as it restructures operations amid a challenging industry landscape.

Spokesman Scott Henderson said in an email Tuesday that the company is not disclosing the number of workers who will lose their jobs.

But he said the layoffs, which began Monday and are ongoing, will come from more than two dozen Bell Media locations across the country.

Henderson said the restructuring comes as it and other media companies in the country face increasing international competition, the evolution of broadcast technology, and advertising and regulatory pressure.

He said regulatory decisions, like the CRTC banning Bell Media from substituting Canadian ads with American ones during the Super Bowl this year, have had a significant effect on revenue.

Bell Media owns dozens of local TV stations and specialty channels, 105 licensed radio stations, more than 200 websites and over 30 apps. The media division employed 6,568 people as of Dec. 31, 2015, down from 7,342 a year prior.

BCE Inc. will report its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday. Last quarter, Bell Media's revenues rose by 3.5 per cent to $716 million thanks to subscriber growth from The Movie Network, its Crave TV streaming service and TV Everywhere

http://www.cbc.ca/news/busines.....-1.3960067
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuts to Bell Media felt in the Okanagan


Okanagan posted Feb 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM



The Okanagan lost decades of news expertise this week, as Bell Media layoffs made their way west.

Among those who were laid off were CTV's Kent Molgat and cameraman Barry Fontaine.

Sun FM program director Mark Burley and Janet Burley were also let go.

Further down the valley, Gord Leighton who had been working in Vernon was also cut.

"Bell sent me packing just three-days short of my 53rd anniversary in broadcasting," Leighton said in an email to Puget Sound Radio, adding that he is 71 years old.

Some higher profile radio and TV hosts across the country also lost their jobs in this round of cuts.

TSN Vancouver hosts Peter Schaad and Scott Rintoul, CHUM FM Radio’s Ingrid Schumacher, CTV Vancouver’s Coleen Christie are among those affected.

The company is not disclosing the number of people who will lose their jobs, but news of the cuts keep coming out from more than two dozen Bell Media locations across the country.

Restructuring is being blamed on increasing international competition, the evolution of broadcast technology, and advertising and regulatory pressure.

Regulatory decisions, like the CRTC banning Bell Media from substituting Canadian ads with American ones during the Super Bowl this year, have had a significant effect on revenue.

BCE Inc. will report its fourth-quarter earnings later Thursday.

Last quarter, Bell Media reported revenue gains of 3.5 per cent to $716 million. That was attributed to The Movie Network, its Crave TV streaming service and TV Everywhere

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bell Media cuts impact CTV in Northern Ontario


Timmins, Sault, North Bay reporting staff trimmed, camera operators reassigned
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More details are emerging around the impact of job cuts at Bell Media, including in Northern Ontario.

While not disclosing how many people have been affected across Canada, Bell Media confirmed Wednesday that long-time GM Scott Lund is no longer with the company.



Sudbury.com has learned that local bureaus in Timmins, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie have been trimmed from three photojournalists to two.

Some veteran journalists, including Gord Nicholls in Sudbury and Cindy Males in North Bay, took buyout packages.

Reporters in the field will now mostly have to handle their own camera work and editing. Camera operators in Sudbury have moved into other positions.

The announcement comes as traditional media outlets everywhere struggle to adjust to the online world, where more and more people get their news. Traditional media business models are struggling as advertising dollars are increasingly being spent online.

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/bell-media-cuts-impact-ctv-in-northern-ontario-527051
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bell Media axes radio voices of Whitecaps, Lions

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February 3, 2017 9:41 PM PST

VANCOUVER, B.C., JULY 24, 2009 -- Sideline reporter Scott Rintoul of Team 1040 broadcasts live at the BC Lions game in Vancouver on July 24, 2009. (Sam Leung / The Province) (For story by Lowell Ullrich) [PNG Merlin Archive]

Scott Rintoul has been let go by Bell Media. SAM LEUNG / PROVINCE


The sports media landscape in Vancouver is taking another hit, as Bell Media is again making cuts at its TSN Vancouver operation.

Out the door are Whitecaps play by play voice Peter Schaad and Lions caller Scott Rintoul.

VANCOUVER, BC: FEBRUARY 28, 2011-Vancouver Whitecaps new play by play guy is Peter Schaad of the Peak radio station. This photo is February 28, 2011, in Vancouver, B.C. (Steve Bosch/PNG)

Peter Schaad has been calling Whitecaps games for more than a decade. Steve Bosch / PROVINCE

Schaad had been behind the Whitecaps mic for more than a decade, and had done both radio and TV for TSN.

Rintoul was a long-time host on TSN 1040 before moving to the Lions play by play role in 2014.

Shortly after the news broke, Rintoul shared a message on Twitter, thanking “all of the great people I’ve been working with and have worked with at 1040 over the last 11.5 years.”


Several sources pointed out that while Schaad’s time as radio play caller appears to be up — negotiations between the team and the radio station appear to be at an impasse — he could still be involved with TSN’s TV broadcasts. The network renewed its MLS rights deal in the off-season and Schaad was a regular feature on TV the last few seasons.

Schaad took to twitter later on Tuesday to suggest he had positive news coming soon about his future. “There’s more to the story. I will keep you updated,” he said.


Tuesday morning, Schaad added further clarity, pointing out he’d only been relieved of his radio duties.

BCE, Bell Media’s parent company, reported a 2016 3rd quarter profit of $752 million. (Ed. note: a previous version of this story incorrectly reported this profit was Bell Media’s.)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bell layoffs hit hard

Trevor Nichols - Feb 2, 2017 / 9:02 am | Story: 187672


Local Bell radio stations were some of the properties hit by the layoffs

The latest round of Bell Media layoffs hit close to home this week as several high-profile employees in the Okanagan were left without jobs.

Included in the cuts were 53-year radio industry veteran Gord Leighton in Vernon, both members of CTV’s Kelowna bureau, and group program director Mark Burley and his wife Janet.

Farther afield, veteran news anchor Coleen Christie was let go from CTV Vancouver, and TSN personalities Peter Schaad and Scott Rintoul were dropped. Bell also let veteran Victoria radio personality Steve Duffy go.

Leighton, who had worked as general manager for Sun FM and EZ Rock in the North Okanagan, told Puget Sound Radio that Bell "sent him packing” just three days short of his 53rd anniversary in broadcasting.

Meanwhile, Kent Molgat and Barry Fontaine, who worked out of CTV television’s Okanagan bureau in Kelowna, are both out of a job after the company shut the operation down.

Reflecting on the news, Molgat said Wednesday there had been a definite uneasiness within the company in the wake of Bell’s recent waves of layoffs.

Molgat had been at his position for nine years and was somewhat optimistic about his prospects, so getting the news was still a shock.

Sitting across from his boss, staring at a manilla envelope with his name written on it, Molgat said the reality of the situation suddenly hit him.

“It's the kind of thing that as your brain’s absorbing it, it’s almost physical, I could almost feel my brain taking it like a punch,” he said.

“For 30 years, I’ve gotten up in the morning, figured out what I’m working on, found the people to talk to, figured out what pictures we’re going to need, put together a story and started again. I’m 52 now, and all of a sudden someone across a desk says ‘no more.’"

Bell has not announced how many employees were let go across the country and did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

In a press release, Scott Henderson said the latest round of layoffs came amid more international competition, changing broadcast technology and pressure from advertisers and regulators.

Molgat said he loved his gig at CTV and little could probably have been done to prevent the Okanagan layoffs.

“I’m not privy to the whole decision-making chain, but I have a pretty clear sense that this is a decision made by a big company in a city far away that demands the branch plant make a certain amount of cuts, and then they have to make tough decisions at that point,” he said.

In the third quarter of 2016, Bell reported operating revenues of more than $5.4 billion, a $62 million gain over the same period in 2015. The company’s financial report boasted increases in net earnings, cash flow and a 3.5 per cent increase in media revenue.

Bell is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter earnings for 2016 this week.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why is this a bad thing?

Are not all these government regulated monopolies fat with profits? Do we amuse ourselves with the delusion that their backup services (in general) are world class? Or barely adequate? They have risk-free profits, but they want to get the returns of the electronics industry.

I say they should be squeezed until all the fat is out of the system.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least 20 jobs cut at TV stations and newspapers in northern Ontario

Postmedia and Bell Media not releasing details of job cuts or how coverage will be affected.

By Erik White, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2017 6:00 PM ET| Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017 7:05 AM ET

A woman walks past a lonely and empty Sudbury Star newspaper box in downtown Sudbury.


Some 20 jobs have been cut at TV stations and newspapers in northern Ontario in recent weeks.

According to the unions representing workers, at least 10 people at Postmedia newspapers in the northeast have been laid off or taken buyouts and another 10 have taken buyouts at CTV Northern Ontario.

Postmedia and Bell Media, the parent company of CTV, would only confirm that some employees in the region have taken buyouts.

Martin O'Hanlon, the national president of the CWA Canada union, said six jobs are being cut at the North Bay Nugget, three at the Sudbury Star and at least one at the Sault Star.

He said there likely could also be positions shed at some of the Postmedia papers in the northeast that don't have union representation and he said his members are also bracing for more possible layoffs.

"Getting information out of Postmedia is like pulling teeth. We still expect there could be more layoffs at other papers, but we just don't know. And to be honest with you, I don't think they know 100 per cent," he said.

O'Hanlon said while the job loss numbers are small compared to other industries, the cutting of journalists can have a big impact on a community.

"How the hell can you have four people covering a city? It doesn't make any sense. There's no way you're the guardian of democracy that you're supposed to be," said O'Hanlon, who would like to see newspapers sold to non-profit community ownership groups.

Newspapers
Newspaper offices in northern Ontario and across the country have been steadily cutback over the last decade. (Erik White/CBC )

Digital only news organizations, like Village Media, are stepping into the void with sites in Timmins, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie.

President Jeff Elgie says with 11 journalists, the web-only Soo Today now has the largest newsroom in the Sault.

He said they were "born digital" while other news organizations are trying to adjust to the new medium.

"The majority of our revenues get put towards staff that are there to produce local content and sell local ads as well," Elgie said.

But other northerners are turning to do-it yourself news.

Jessica Bard is an administrator on a facebook page called Elliot Lake Buzz with 4,500 members who post everything from political articles to things they notice around town.

Bard says she stopped getting the local weekly newspaper the Elliot Lake Standard, because it is so often behind the Buzz.

"I thought it was absolutely perfect to have a site with so many people on it in town where we can get news quicker than we'd get it from the newspaper," Bard said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.3965093
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Why is this a bad thing?

Are not all these government regulated monopolies fat with profits? Do we amuse ourselves with the delusion that their backup services (in general) are world class? Or barely adequate? They have risk-free profits, but they want to get the returns of the electronics industry.

I say they should be squeezed until all the fat is out of the system.



the CTV isn't government funded like the CBC is , its a private corporation .

the loss is in the "local " coverage is mentioned in cbc article , you have entire cities where a handful of reporters are now expected to cover all the news , it doesn't make sense and will mean a lot of stories never make it to print
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