These cuts have ALL been huge, but today’s programming changes and subsequent job losses at TSN properties across Canada are historic.
Just texted a TSN radio employee to say I was sorry to hear the news. Their response?
— John Hodge (@JohnDHodge) February 9, 2021
Bell does away with some of their sports stations…. Hamilton, Winnipeg and Vancouver. https://t.co/dMxvzjaQGV
— MattCundill | Voiceovers, Podcasting (@MattCundill) February 9, 2021
Bell Media basically turned off its flagship TSN sports radio brand across Canada, opting to play a bunch of comedy records instead of doing sports radio.
Everyone was fired without notice today. Everyone.
Here’s how each of TSN Radio Vancouver, Hamilton, and Winnipeg look on TSN’s website.
Vancouver and Winnipeg are the same, while Hamilton switches to BNN Bloomberg pic.twitter.com/mqPno4GT4x
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) February 9, 2021
Hamilton, Winnipeg, and Vancouver (TSN 1040), a 20-year heritage sports institution in Vancouver, are no longer thanks to restructuring at Bell, which rocked Toronto last week, culminating in Dan O’Toole’s exit from Jay and Dan.
along with BNN Bloomberg on the AM dial via Hamilton the TSN Radio in Vancouver and Winnipeg will become comedy radio stations a la Funny 820
To: All Bell Media team members
From: Wade Oostermanhttps://t.co/pPUXpjaUbM
— 12:36 🌯 (@1236) February 9, 2021
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) February 9, 2021
Source: Tuesday started off like any other day at TSN 1040, with morning hosts Mike Halford and Jason Brough signing on at 6 a.m. However, listeners knew something major was about to happen after TSN 1040’s Twitter account was deactivated and the third hour of the Halford & Brough morning show was yanked and replaced with U.S. radio programming from ESPN. Listeners were then told an announcement on the future of TSN 1040 would made at 9:30 a.m. That announcement said CKST would re-launch Friday with a new format. The announcement came so suddenly, some staff members only learned of the news via social media. Next week’s shift schedule was only sent out this morning. The station’s management only learned of the closure minutes before the mics were turned off remotely.
Let me say – it’s been an amazing, wonderful run for 15 years at 1040 with great co-workers, friends and a ton of laughs and debates along the way
Loving what you do, every day, for 15 years is ok. It’s pretty good.
I’ll hold my head high. I hope all my 1040 friends do too
— iain mcletchie (@mcletch) February 9, 2021
2. Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk’ initiative feels like nothing more than a PSYOP campaign. For a company whose major, corporate focus is the promotion of life-saving mental health resources, firing human beings with a pre-recorded message from 2000 miles away isn’t cool. It’s the opposite. It says no one was concerned with doing the right thing for human beings responsible for their success. Did they fire everyone, managers included, from Toronto, turning everything off from Toronto and the majority of employees finding out at home through texts and social media from friends and colleagues?
I’m sorry to everyone who was marginalized by Bell’s process today. You are worth more and deserve better.
Keep an eye out because this is just the beginning, too.