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February 3, 2021 9:20 pm  #91


Re: Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut

If cartt.ca is correct, wonder how many employees have been cut across the country then.  Probably Bell isn't finished yet but they did some layoffs out west too.  Still odd that Broadcast Dialogue and the union sort of make it sound like it is up to 210 across the country. I am sure we will find out soon enough.

 

February 3, 2021 9:29 pm  #92


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Makes me miss Christie Blatchford all over again.

The hugely popular up close and interactive town hall meeting, get-together, (or whatever the actual name was) that Newstalk 1010 used to hold featuring all their on-air talent candidly talking, answering questions, spilling the beans, even swearing!, in person with their listeners every summer, those days and that respected station: gone.

To quote a wise radio man: " - 30 - "
😔

 

February 4, 2021 6:27 am  #93


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betaylored wrote:

I'd take a Dave Agar reroll over a Jerry Agar reroll any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The Early Edition with Dave and Robert Turner made 5:00am a perfectly logical time to turn the radio on. Still enjoy the Early Edition with Robert solo.

"The Early Edition with Robert Turner" seems to be gone as well. "Moore In The Morning" now seems to start at 5:00 am in the previous Turner slot, but that half hour is a back-and-forth format with Moore and Turner (who remains as the technical producer/board op).

That Turner show couldn't have cost much since Turner was there for his morning show duties anyway (and his own show was board op'd by an overnight producer; maybe that position got cut), but without a functioning newsroom where Turner was sometimes joined by reporters from there or catching listeners up on the just-breaking or overnight news, maybe it no longer made sense.

 

February 4, 2021 9:14 am  #94


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betaylored wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Dale Patterson wrote:

They carried a John Moore re-run, now it's Dave Agar in re-roll.

I think you mean Jerry Agar but it's still a reroll.

I'd take a Dave Agar reroll over a Jerry Agar reroll any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The Early Edition with Dave and Robert Turner made 5:00am a perfectly logical time to turn the radio on. Still enjoy the Early Edition with Robert solo.

Jerry Agar wasn't really my cup of joe, and since the traveling during the pandemic incident, his views and opinions don't hold a lot of water. Pot meet kettle.

Agreed.   If Newstalk 1010 wanted to do some house cleaning,  Jerry Agar & Mark Towhey should have been first out the door.  They're just rude & toxic.  And yes, why would anyone put stock in Jerry's views when he couldn't grasp that discretionary vacation travel to Florida & Texas during a pandemic was pure selfishness & irresponsible.

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February 4, 2021 10:47 am  #95


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It's all about shareholder value. Mirko Bibic (BCE CEO) was on BNN Bloomberg this morning touting all the profits, and talking up his slashing and burning (my words, not his).

If a few underlings have to have their careers and the financial lives kicked to the curb, oh well. At least Mr. Bibic will get his massive bonus. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/angry.png

 

 

February 4, 2021 11:14 am  #96


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Mark Towhey's Sunday afternoon show is gone from 1010 as well. Confirmed by him on Twitter
https://twitter.com/towhey/status/1356944888747741185

 

February 4, 2021 11:15 am  #97


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Not only are they now airing TV audio at 6 and the CTV National News at 11, but the CFTO local Toronto News has  replaced the Roundtable reruns at 11:30 PM. Not great on radio (I heard now-sole and pre-taped weather person Lyndsey Morrison invite listeners to look at the map to follow the coming snow storm on future radar, which of course is impossible on radio.)

But hey, at least it's live, local and not a repeat. For whatever that's worth. 

Seems many of the Bell stations in Ontario are doing the same thing now at 6 & 11:30. CP24 1050 Lives!

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February 4, 2021 11:24 am  #98


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eladb wrote:

Mark Towhey's Sunday afternoon show is gone from 1010 as well. Confirmed by him on Twitter
https://twitter.com/towhey/status/1356944888747741185

So Woloshyn is gone. Towhey, too. Is Hudak still there? What will RB's weekend line-up look like now? All shill shows? More rerolls? 

One thing's for sure - you'll be getting more trivia. And not just on CFRB. From Jason Agnew's Sunday Morning Trivia Facebook page

"Starting this week (Feb 7). Sunday Morning Trivia returns to THREE HOURS! Join me from 9am - Noon on Newstalk 1010... and a few other stations as well "

He does not indicate which other stations it will be airing on, only that it will be an hour longer. 

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February 4, 2021 12:01 pm  #99


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David Farrell, the Grand Poobah over at FYImusicnews.ca, devoted his entire Media Beat section on Thursday to the goings on at Bell this week. It's not only a terrific overview of how they got to this place, but also about the company's miscalculations about the value of broadcasting and getting involved in a business they really didn't understand. 

And it's not short on reality. Here's a sample:

"Most of the cuts that Bell Media is making this week, cuts that follow a procession of earlier layoffs, come from its AM stations. These are money losers, though not always so. News editors, writers, reporters and show hosts across the country have been shown the door. Local news doesn’t pay for itself. Centralized news feeds have proven to be more economical. Original shows cut, once iconic brands like CJAD and CFRB  (News 1010) discounted, cast to the back of the bus. It’s a step away from disinheriting them altogether, and that will come when the cost of replacing aging transmitters is assessed and the land values they sit on is appraised."

David Farrell On The Bell Media Cuts

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February 4, 2021 1:13 pm  #100


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Interesting question from Jerry Agar at the end of the Howard Levitt half hour "hypothetical question if a company made a committment to a regulatory agency do the employees have any recourse if they don't comply with that commitment" Levitt's reply "the employees have no recourse only the regulatory agency"

 

February 4, 2021 1:33 pm  #101


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This Broadcast Dialogue article names some of the people who lost their jobs in the Bell purge.

https://broadcastdialogue.com/twb-rsa-020421/


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February 4, 2021 5:28 pm  #102


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Hitting the west coast too, where slashing cuts deep - an entire show is eliminated. 

Anchor gone, along with weekend newscast for CTV News Vancouver Island, amid Bell cuts

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February 4, 2021 6:39 pm  #103


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Dan O'Toole gone from TSN, as per his twitter, Dan O'Toole @notontvotoole·54m Had I known last night was my final show, I would have tried a little harder. Ahhhh, who am I kidding. I probably wouldn't have. It was a wild ride. If you got our show, then you laughed along with us. Thank you! Peace and love and let's raise a glass together once Covid is over.

 

February 4, 2021 6:51 pm  #104


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Will anyone still be working with Bell once this is all over?

 

February 4, 2021 7:46 pm  #105


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grilled.cheese wrote:

Will anyone still be working with Bell once this is all over?

Bell Media is a big concern.  Randy Lennox former President of the company last month in an exit interview said they had 7,000 employees, which is similar in size to CBC/Radio Canada.   BCE (Bell Canada Enterprises) which is the whole company has about 52,000 employees. 

Again to me unless there are many more to come, it sounds like the approx. 210 let go was across the country and not just Toronto.  Last night on the CTV National News they reported on the layoffs and Lisa Laflamme made it sound like the cutbacks were mostly Toronto and Montreal but in some other smaller centres too.   I know in KW one announcer from KFUN was let go.

 

February 4, 2021 8:35 pm  #106


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paterson1 wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

Will anyone still be working with Bell once this is all over?

Bell Media is a big concern.  Randy Lennox former President of the company last month in an exit interview said they had 7,000 employees, which is similar in size to CBC/Radio Canada.   BCE (Bell Canada Enterprises) which is the whole company has about 52,000 employees. 

Again to me unless there are many more to come, it sounds like the approx. 210 let go was across the country and not just Toronto.  Last night on the CTV National News they reported on the layoffs and Lisa Laflamme made it sound like the cutbacks were mostly Toronto and Montreal but in some other smaller centres too.   I know in KW one announcer from KFUN was let go.

I understand someone from Pure Country 93 in London was also let go.

 

February 4, 2021 8:39 pm  #107


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Yes, it's everywhere. Just hard to track when only relying on prominent personalities twetting.

~10 in Ottawa including a Morning Live Host, Pure Country afternoon host, and CFRA weekend host.


 
 

February 4, 2021 9:36 pm  #108


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As noted in another thread, one Bell fired another. 

Steve Bell, who was at CKLW as sports director for an incredible 41 years, was given the boot by his Bell Media bosses this week. I understand that you can't always let someone go back on air after they're let go, but if anyone deserved to be able to say goodbye to listeners, it was this guy. 

I shudder to think what they would have done had Wally Crouter still been doing mornings at RB. 

Windsor Star: Angry reaction at radio layoff of Steve Bell after 41 years

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February 4, 2021 9:50 pm  #109


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Never turns out well when phone company's buy radio and tv stations!  Someone a couple of weeks ago
mentioned that a few days after Let's Talk the layoffs happen.. how right you were!

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February 4, 2021 10:41 pm  #110


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The other thing that Bell and Rogers are doing besides cutting people is having them reapplying for their jobs
with added responsibilities, making some unqualified for the new positions.  Another way of culling the herd.

 

February 5, 2021 5:55 pm  #111


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Broadcast Dialogue has published what it says is a comprehensive list of those laid off at Bell. It notes Ashley Legassic and Tiffany Hendsbee are among them - although they remain on the air, so I'm not sure how accurate this is.

Interestingly, it also mentions David McKee, but says his status remains "unconfirmed." Hmmm....

Jon Pole has already started a podcast and addresses what happened at CJAD - and how he was fired in less than 90 seconds. You can hear it here. 

Anyway, for what it's worth, hopefully there's no one you know on the list:

Bell Media layoffs: The List

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February 5, 2021 6:26 pm  #112


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Interesting that there have been tweets from Jim Richards' twitter account but nothing about the layoffs. Some are retweets of current affairs with comments so they are not likely scheduled.


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February 5, 2021 7:42 pm  #113


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RadioActive wrote:

Broadcast Dialogue has published what it says is a comprehensive list of those laid off at Bell. It notes Ashley Legassic and Tiffany Hendsbee are among them - although they remain on the air, so I'm not sure how accurate this is.

Agreed. It also lists "Russ Courtney, Reporter/Anchor", but he was on the air doing doing the morning news (John Moore show) on Newstalk 1010 this morning (Friday, Feb 5th) so not sure about him either. If the 1010 newsroom was "gutted" or entirely shut down (including news director Kym Geddes, a role she took over from former ND Dave Trafford, who remains doing weekend mornings), where's Courtney working out of? Just reading copy from elsewhere in a newsreader booth and not "gathering" news or working stories based out of the newsroom? Covering multiple stations with voice tracking and tape-delayed news, maybe?

 

February 5, 2021 7:57 pm  #114


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Dave Agar wants his name removed from the CFRB newsroom.Not that anyone from Bell will give a RAT`S ASS.
And good for him.

 

February 5, 2021 8:08 pm  #115


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Leslieville Bill wrote:

Interesting that there have been tweets from Jim Richards' twitter account but nothing about the layoffs.

Might it have something to do with protecting his $everance?
 

 

February 5, 2021 9:04 pm  #116


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RadioActive wrote:

Broadcast Dialogue has published what it says is a comprehensive list of those laid off at Bell. It notes Ashley Legassic and Tiffany Hendsbee are among them - although they remain on the air, so I'm not sure how accurate this is.

Training their replacements? This happens in other businesses.
 

 

February 5, 2021 10:22 pm  #117


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geo wrote:

Leslieville Bill wrote:

Interesting that there have been tweets from Jim Richards' twitter account but nothing about the layoffs.

Might it have something to do with protecting his $everance?
 

Rumor has it that Richards is being slated for some kind of late night/overnight network show across their multiple stations. If true, it's understandable he wouldn't want to anger his current employer.

 

February 5, 2021 10:48 pm  #118


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AspectRatio wrote:

geo wrote:

Leslieville Bill wrote:

Interesting that there have been tweets from Jim Richards' twitter account but nothing about the layoffs.

Might it have something to do with protecting his $everance?
 

Rumor has it that Richards is being slated for some kind of late night/overnight network show across their multiple stations. If true, it's understandable he wouldn't want to anger his current employer.

Doing overnights is hard even when you're in your twenties, but I'm sure Jim would handle the schedule flip well, and his listeners would love to still be able to enjoy his humour and way of looking at the world.

He could even end up with a larger than average overnight audience with the pandemic and people keeping all sorts of quirky hours.

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February 7, 2021 10:19 am  #119


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RadioActive wrote:

One thing's for sure - you'll be getting more trivia. And not just on CFRB. From Jason Agnew's Sunday Morning Trivia Facebook page

"Starting this week (Feb 7). Sunday Morning Trivia returns to THREE HOURS! Join me from 9am - Noon on Newstalk 1010... and a few other stations as well "

He does not indicate which other stations it will be airing on, only that it will be an hour longer. 

Agnew said this morning his show will air on NEWSTALK 1010, Newstalk 610 CKTB, News Talk 1290 CJBK & 580 CFRA. However, only 1010 and CFRA are airing his show right now.

 

February 7, 2021 6:52 pm  #120


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I haven't seen this reported elsewhere, but I believe CTV Windsor's local 6 p.m. newscast on the weekend has been axed as well. Last night, they aired a regional show at 6 p.m. on CTV London and CTV Windsor similar to what they've been doing for the weekend 11 p.m. newscasts for years.