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More Global News cuts - Vancouver hit hardest

Postby flyonthewall » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:25 pm

From Unifor:
February 15, 2018

TORONTO- Unifor is concerned about the continued erosion of local news as Corus-owned Global News cuts nearly 70 jobs across Canada.

“Fewer journalists will be out gathering news from every region from Vancouver to Halifax,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “If the Maritime newscasts now come from Toronto - how can you still call that local news?”

Camera operators, reporters, anchors, control room staff, make-up artists and other production crew received layoff notices in newsrooms across Canada, with Global’s most successful station in Vancouver taking the biggest hit with 21 job cuts.

“In Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the evening local news will no longer be produced at our Halifax studios and will be anchored and broadcast from Toronto starting Monday,” said David MacPherson, President of the Maritimes unit of Unifor local M1 which represents workers at Global. “Our studios will be empty after the morning show ends at 9 am.”

While Corus says it will post several new “digital” positions that focus on online news, its broadcast revenues continue to shrink and the outlook is bleak if the government doesn’t take action now.

"The federal government stood by while Canada's local newspapers struggled and now our members in TV news are being asked to do more to fill the same number of programming hours with fewer resources, all on this government’s watch,” said Dias. “The CRTC paved the way for the cuts announced today by watering down the obligations for big media companies like Corus to protect local news and it’s proving disastrous.”

Broadcasters in Canada are obligated to air local TV news as a condition of license but last year the CRTC softened requirements that they maintain historical levels of programming, and decided not to set rules requiring “feet on the street” coverage, leaving media companies free to cut local news jobs over the term of their five-year broadcasting licenses.

Unifor is asking the CRTC to review local news and make strong local coverage a binding condition of license, before it’s too late, as part of the union’s ongoing #savelocalnews campaign.

For more information, please contact Unifor National Communications representative Natalie Clancy
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Re: More Global News cuts - Vancouver hit hardest

Postby Richard Skelly » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:57 pm

Good grief!

Didn’t the Globe and Mail just recently end home delivery in the Maritimes? And is digital delivery the win-win panacea that everyone expects will allow legacy content producers to survive? I just learned CNN is severely cutting back on social media and digital news units.

What’s the answer? Or are we all destined to become knuckle-dragging ignoramuses?
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Re: More Global News cuts - Vancouver hit hardest

Postby kal » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:10 pm

Looks like more information will be coming out of Lake City in an hour or so.
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Re: More Global News cuts - Vancouver hit hardest

Postby kal » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:46 pm

Apparently all technical / behind-the-scenes people affected here. A CBC report though suggests some on-air talent could still be affected as well.
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