ROGERS AXES BREAKFAST TELEVISION IN VANCOUVER/CALGARY AND CUTS RADIO JOBS
Rogers Sports & Media cut its Breakfast Television (BT) shows in Vancouver and Calgary on Tuesday — favouring a national version — and cut senior jobs in radio.
According to Broadcast Dialogue, the Breakfast Television formats in Vancouver and Calgary have been shuttered, making way for a national BT show to start in early 2021. In Vancouver this led to several job losses that include Citytv and News 1130 meteorologist Russ Lacate, and traffic reporter Thor Diakow. READ MORE
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ROGERS CANCELS LOCAL BREAKFAST TELEVISION SHOWS IN CALGARY AND VANCOUVER
TORONTO – Rogers Sports and Media is cancelling its Breakfast Television shows in Calgary and Vancouver, making adjustments to some local radio operations and laying off an unspecified number of staff.
A statement from the Toronto-based company says “a small percentage” of its staff across the country will be let go.
It says the Breakfast Television brand will remain and a new version of the morning show will air on six Citytv stations starting in the new year.
It also says there will be programming changes at some radio stations but “listeners will continue to hear local news and the stations will continue to support community events.” READ MORE
BREAKFAST TELEVISION CANCELLED IN VANCOUVER AND CALGARY
Rogers Sports & Media announced major television and radio programming cuts today, including the cancellation of Breakfast Television in both Vancouver and Calgary.
According to a statement emailed to Daily Hive by Rogers Sports & Media Senior Director of Communications Andrea Goldstein, cuts were made to show staffing in both cities to make way for a new national version of the show.
“The local Breakfast Television morning shows in Calgary and Vancouver, in their current form, have been cancelled,” she said.
“In early 2021, we will be expanding the Breakfast Television brand and a new BT will air on Citytv in six markets across the country: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal. READ MORE