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Troubling Details Behind Bell Media Layoffs and TSN Station Shut Downs

Bell Media made massive cuts Tuesday, closing radio stations and laying off countless staff members, days after Bell Let’s Talk campaign.

TSN 1040, TSN 1290 and TSN 1150 are all no more — at least not their current format. Each station, as fans have come to know them, has been taken off the air as part of a series of shutdowns and massive layoffs by Bell Media and TSN. The news comes out of nowhere and just days after a Bell Let’s Talk initiative that is now getting a ton of negative press.

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The hockey world, specifically when it comes to Canadian fans who have been digesting hours and hours of content from some excellent analysts and radio hosts, are in shock today. Hearing about stations like TSN 1040 shutting down despite strong numbers is confusing to many. Even more disturbing is the testimonials from many of those who were laid off without warning.

Some great talents are at a loss for words on Tuesday as they were given just minutes to collect their belongings and leave their respective stations. According to reports, staff were told there would be an ‘exit message’ going on air. They were also told “corporate security would be implementing the shutdown process in the next 30 minutes’ and so if they had anything personal to retrieve they should do it ‘as fast as possible’.

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Now off air and without jobs, those laid off are taking to social media and wondering why Bell Media would do such a thing and just days after promoting mental wellness as a huge part of their belief system.

In an update of the formatting changes expected at Bell, apparently, all three stations will move to what they’re calling a “funny format.” They’ll be going with stand-up comedy and other content.

This is Not Sitting Well With Many

The consensus feeling as news of these layoffs hit social media is that what Bell Media is doing to radio stations across Canada is hideous. While it is within their right to do so, the fact that Bell Media would suggest mental health is important in a national campaign on Jan. 28 then shut down several stations and not tell the employees on Feb. 9 is troubling.

News that Bell Media received a federal wage subsidy for $122M, cut wages, increased shareholder dividends and laid off countless employees during a pandemic really has people up in arms.

Our thoughts are with friends and colleagues across Canada who have been laid off today. Our hope is that they will all land on their feet.

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