Bell is cancelling its all-sports format on radio stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Hamilton, barely per week after saying lots of of job cuts at media properties throughout Canada. TSN 1040 AM in Vancouver, TSN 1290 AM in Winnipeg and TSN 1150 AM in Hamilton will not be all-sports stations, Bell introduced on Tuesday. In a media launch, the conglomerate stated Hamilton’s 1150 AM will turn into a BNN Bloomberg station, masking enterprise, innovation, expertise and sports activities. In Vancouver, the morning present minimize away throughout a business break Tuesday earlier than it was introduced that the station can be “reprogrammed” as of Friday with out elaborating. “It was a troublesome determination,” a press release posted on the web sites of each stations reads, “however the realities of the rapidly evolving broadcast media panorama in Canada have made this modification unavoidable.” Two channels change to comedy format Bell Media president Wade Oosterman advised all employees in an electronic mail Tuesday that the Vancouver and Winnipeg channels might be changing to a “humorous format, which has already confirmed extremely profitable in markets like Hamilton and Calgary with its stand-up comedy content material.” “Whereas these are comparatively modest adjustments to our total radio enterprise (we now have greater than 100 stations in 58 markets throughout the nation), they align with our technique of specializing in serving the most important attainable audiences with the content material they need probably the most whereas leveraging the efficiencies of our broader group,” Oosterman stated. “The changes we’re making to a few of our radio stations this week supply a great instance of Bell Media’s readiness to vary when it is proper for the enterprise, particularly when our prices are too excessive to justify or we merely have a greater mannequin to serve a given market,” he stated. Bell nonetheless has TSN radio stations in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton. Neither the worker memo nor a media launch from Bell Media saying the change in Hamilton made any point out of job cuts on account of the transfer. No warning Mike Jablonski, a board operator at TSN 1290 in Winnipeg, stated the information got here as a whole shock to him. He did not truly know he had misplaced his job till he began getting textual content messages from family and friends members asking him what was occurring. He wasn’t scheduled to work on Tuesday, and finally heard from his boss by way of textual content message that “the entire complete station [is] simply gone,” he stated in an interview with CBC Information. “The posts on the web site … that is when many of the high colleagues knew about it as nicely,” he stated. Jablonski stated he had been thrilled together with his job on the station. He had been there for simply over a 12 months and half, becoming a member of after a university broadcasting program. Jablonski wasn’t the one employee taken abruptly yesterday. So was Marshall Ferguson, who co-hosted the morning present, Marsh and Melo, on Hamilton’s TSN 1150 radio, together with his colleague Kyle Melo. Ferguson is a former college quarterback and in addition the host of radio broadcasts for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He says he was at 1150’s station establishing for a day particular on the CFL when he was knowledgeable he wanted to collect his issues and go residence. “We discovered the information proper earlier than about quarter-hour earlier than we had been going to go on air,” he advised CBC Information in an interview. Whereas he thanks his former employers for the chance he was given and understands the truth of the enterprise, the information was nonetheless a bitter tablet to swallow. “I am the primary and the final worker of TSN, 1150, which I will be very happy with for the remainder of my life.” The strikes come within the aftermath of layoffs by Bell throughout a number of platforms final week. TSN tv reporters/anchors Dan O’Toole, Natasha Staniszewski and Brent Wallace wrote on social media they had been amongst these to lose their jobs. The transfer additionally comes barely per week after the corporate’s extremely touted #BellLetsTalk day, which raises cash for psychological well being initiatives. This 12 months’s marketing campaign raised virtually $8 million, Bell introduced in a media launch final month. Dividend raised, earnings up Final week, dad or mum firm BCE introduced its quarterly revenue rose to $889 million within the fourth quarter of 2020, up from $672 million the 12 months earlier than. In consequence, the corporate hiked its dividend to shareholders by 5 per cent to 87.5 cents per share, up from 83.25 cents per share beforehand. Bell was lately criticized by Ontario-based regional rival Teksavvy for taking greater than $122 million in authorities support via the type of wage subsidies even because it was elevating its payout to shareholders and reducing jobs. Oosterman’s memo defended the corporate’s actions, saying the influence on jobs would have been far higher had the corporate not moved to streamline its operations. “Contemplating the extraordinary losses in income throughout all of our media platforms and in lots of different elements of Bell’s enterprise, we did apply for federal wage help in 2020 as a complement to our cross-company program to redeploy affected workforce members into service and help roles, which efficiently minimized the impacts on jobs final 12 months,” he stated.