BROADCAST DIALOGUE’s Take on the Latest Bell Media Slash & Burn

Steve Madely, after 21 years in the morning host position at Bell Media-owned CFRA Ottawa, has retired. On Friday, he told his audience that it would be his last day on CFRA. Madely was among the Top 25 People in the Capital for 2014. Before moving to CFRA, he was ND at CFGO Ottawa moving there in 1972 from CKLW Windsor.

CFRA saw 15 positions eliminated and five more positions lost through attrition, including hosts Rick Gibbons and 20-year veteran Shelley McLean, Madely’s co-host. Also gone are assistant news director John Brenner, afternoon anchor Sean Connolly and producer Mike Murphy.

Harrie Jones, a 32- year employee, is no longer the director of engineering at Bell Media Radio Ottawa. He was president of the Central Canada Broadcast Engineers association 2001-2004…

At Bell Media’s CTV Ottawa, news anchor Carol Anne Meehan, a 27-year veteran, and sports reporter Carolyn Waldo, a 25-year veteran, were among the casualties. CTV Morning Live reporter Lois Lee was also cut. Others included engineers, producers and several sales people…

Larry Keats, the Bell Media Toronto manager, transmission engineering, after 35 years, is no longer with the company. His primary duties were with CHUM-FM/CFRB/TSN 1050. Keats was president of the Central Canada Broadcast Engineers association 2009-2012…

At Bell Media’s CTV Vancouver, there were 18 people affected. Among them, sports director Perry Solkowski, reporters Lisa Rossington and Peter Grainger, meteorologist Michael Kuss, assignment editor Len Catling and producer John Scott. At TSN Radio Vancouver, gone are Jeff Paterson, Matt Baker and Cam Mitchell…

Vancouver Island assignment editor Dave Biro was also cut…

Five Bell Media employees at Énergie and Rouge FM stations in Quebec City are no longer with the company. Gone are Marie-Josée Longval, host of the Rouge Café morning show; and Patrick Côté, the interim GM of Energie Quebec, along with two staffers in promotions and one in production. Also laid off was Angelica Montgomery, a Parliament Hill correspondent. She had been a reporter at the National Assembly and bureau chief at the press gallery…

At Toronto’s Bell Media downtown (Queen West) location, 35 unionized positions will be eliminated come Feb. 25, including nine writer/producers and nine web developers…

Gone from Bell Media’s CTV News Channel are anchors Dan Matheson and Amanda Blitz; from CTV Toronto, reporter/anchor Bill Hutchison and sports anchor/reporter Suneel Joshi; from TSN, reporter Sheri Forde; from CFRB-Newstalk 1010 Toronto, sports reporter Mike Toth; from TSN Radio Toronto, senior producer Todd Hayes and co-host David Bastl; and from CTV, and W5 host Tom Kennedy.

There are also camera and truck operators, sound technicians, finance staff, receptionists and producers who lost jobs at Bell Media this week…

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Published on November 19, 2015 at 9:21 am by clockwatcher

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