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Bell Media Layoffs

Postby Tom Jeffries » Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:42 pm

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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby Blabbermouth » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:33 am

It's a sad statement on the media biz that Bell can eliminate 1.3 percent of its work force in one day and it's not even news.
Pretty soon the execs will run out of people to fire and out of habit they'll fire themselves.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby jon » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:08 am

From this morning's Broadcast Dialogue:

REVOLVING DOOR: Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions, or
about 1.3% of its work force, in its latest round of layoffs, and
cites an “industry-wide challenging advertising market” for the
action. The affected positions include local radio and TV; sales,
research and revenue management; marketing and communications;
network operations; and news. The 80 jobs chopped yesterday were
not a part of any previously announced cuts. Jacqueline Milzcarek, an
anchor at CTV News Channel, was one of the 80 people laid off by
Bell Media in Toronto yesterday... Mark Schembri, the regional
manager, engineering & IT - radio and TV Operations - Ontario, is
among a number of people laid off by Bell Media yesterday. Before
taking that position, Schembri was Manager of Engineering & IT at CTV
London from Oct. 2008-March 2012... Also in Southwestern Ontario,
seven people in the Bell Media creative and traffic departments at
Windsor Radio will lose their jobs one month from now. Their functions
are being moved to Hamilton. Also laid off by Bell Media was Jane
Nadeau, a 34-year veteran sales co-ordinator at CFCA-FM/CKKW
Kitchener/Waterloo...
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby Tom Jeffries » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:45 am

Don't you love our Business. You can work for thirty years and give nothing but great ratings and you get canned in a heartbeat.

Bottom line. Radio is NOT a career. It's a joke.

The cretins that run the 6 or 7 companies that own everything don't give a damn about their staff, morale, or working conditions. I would love to see the CTC grilled by a Senate Commission, as to the treatment of people in this fekkadeh Industry.

I can dream, can't I?
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby tuned » Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:26 pm

The same people complaining about big corporate layoffs don't support the little guys either. The "pirate" broadcasters from Blaine are a perfect example. Everybody here cheers the CRTC putting the boots to them. You'll notice however the CRTC doesn't do anything about Rogers doing exactly the same kind of border bs back East. So pick a side folks.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby Tom Jeffries » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:53 pm

The CRTC does nothing to the big guys, as tuned mentioned. Why?
M O N E Y.
The whole system is in need an overhaul, it's broken.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby slowhand » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:37 pm

tuned wrote:The same people complaining about big corporate layoffs don't support the little guys either. The "pirate" broadcasters from Blaine are a perfect example. Everybody here cheers the CRTC putting the boots to them. You'll notice however the CRTC doesn't do anything about Rogers doing exactly the same kind of border bs back East. So pick a side folks.

Turning it around, the shutdown of the three Washington border broadcasters shows that the CRTC is supporting the little guys. I would certainly call the two licensees they are competing with little guys, wouldn't you?

At last count there were three stations in three different markets back east doing the same thing. Once the B.C. situation gets settled, I'm betting that the CRTC will go after them.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby tuned » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:36 pm

The CRTC is protecting lousy broadcasters that can't compete. They obviously weren't providing the service that listeners in Vancouver wanted or there wouldn't have been room for THREE of them in Blaine to make a living out of the Vancouver market. The two local broadcasters will whine about the CRTC regulations making it "hard" for them. So WTF is the CRTC interfering in the free market in the first place? Because their function is to protect the interest of big business. It's always been that way and until they are gotten rid of it will continue to be that way. Canadians get screwed and they deserve every bit of it. Americans would not put up with their government telling radio stations what kind of music to play. So when you go cheering for the CRTC using the full weight of the Canadian government to squash a bunch of enterprising Canadians down in Blaine you are the problem.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby slowhand » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:59 pm

tuned wrote:you are the problem.

Ah, my mission here has been accomplished.

Seriously though, Deregulation in the U.S. is nearing its 20th anniversary and it did much more to damage radio than anything the CRTC could ever conceive of.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby Howaboutthat » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:35 pm

slowhand wrote:Seriously though, Deregulation in the U.S. is nearing its 20th anniversary and it did much more to damage radio than anything the CRTC could ever conceive of.


So why does 'big city' or even medium market radio in the U-S sound so much more polished and professional than their Canadian counterparts?
Houston, We're dealing with morons!.
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Re: Bell Media Layoffs

Postby slowhand » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:11 pm

Howaboutthat wrote:
slowhand wrote:Seriously though, Deregulation in the U.S. is nearing its 20th anniversary and it did much more to damage radio than anything the CRTC could ever conceive of.


So why does 'big city' or even medium market radio in the U-S sound so much more polished and professional than their Canadian counterparts?

While it is tempting to say "Because the corporations are bigger and can afford to hire a few really good announcers to voice track a hundred stations each", I'm not sure that is as true today as it was when Clear Channel was known as Cheap Channel and owned more than a thousand stations, often eight to twelve in each major market.

I do think a lot of the polish and professional sound, especially in the medium markets you mention, comes from a heavy reliance on syndicated programming. So much so that many of these stations are run without any staff at all in the evenings or on the weekend. Witness the discussion of the Iowa station here a couple of years back that was heard doing a live traffic report on a Sunday afternoon. Turned out to be the sister TV station's staff rehearsing their supper hour news reports.
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