Bruce Williams Released from CTV Vancouver Island

Bruce Williams

 

Another casualty with Bell Media on Vancouver Island is Bruce Williams.

Williams joined the station when it was first known as the New VI, as a weatherman back in 2001. In recent years, Bruce was promoted to the position of Manager-Community and Client Relations at CTV Vancouver Island

According to an inside source, Bruce was part of a corporate downsizing, nothing more, nothing less.

 

 

 

Published on February 1, 2017 at 11:19 am by Voice Over

Comments

February 1, 2017 - 1:22 pm

steve garrison

Worked with Bruce,
Here in London.
He is a great talent and a true professional.
The same thing happened to me, with Bell Media (CJBK) after 40 years.
Bruce, thinking of you ,
and Stay Strong!


February 1, 2017 - 3:19 pm

GR81

Why would anyone work for Bell or Rogers. When you make a certain $$$ amount they “get rid of you.” I would not get into the media industry, not a very safe profession. And then again…what is now a days?


February 1, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Dave Biro

Sorry to hear this. I worked with Bruce there
He is a great guy, a straight shooter and very talented.
Wishing him the best.


February 1, 2017 - 3:38 pm

non moi

It’s a sad day for Vancouver Island. Bruce set a standard for media professionalism in live, radio and television. I look forward to seeing what’s in store next for Mr. Williams.


February 1, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Broose

This shouldn’t come as a shock to any media-type who’s been paying attention for the last decade. Corporate media ‘restructuring’ has been in overdrive since just after the 2008 financial meltdown. The main criteria? Salaries, age, pensions. Forget talent, loyalty or the listening/viewing audiences. Bean-counters and shareholders are all that matter, as most senior management media honchos maintain their lucrative gigs. Good luck Bruce.


February 1, 2017 - 9:55 pm

Wayne Cox

Bruce, I always admired your work, as did your many viewers over the years. Live Radio and Television is a tough gig, you made it look easy….and that’s the sign of a true talent.
All the best.


February 1, 2017 - 10:18 pm

Hudson Mack

The number of people who have been helped, and organizations and causes on Vancouver Island that have been supported by Bruce Williams is too long to list here. Bruce is a tireless community supporter, and has been since arriving on Vancouver Island when The New VI signed on in 2001, Even though we were then competitors, he was gracious, hosting me and RTDNA colleague Terry Scott on ‘New Day’, early in its run from Nanaimo, (By the way, the Harbour City has never had a more passionate booster.) Three years later we began working together, continuing for nearly a decade, and I am grateful for the experience. Enjoy whatever comes next, my friend, after you take a little time to relax.


February 2, 2017 - 8:01 am

Barry T

Sorry to hear Bruce. All the best to you. Just curious, who is left there?


February 2, 2017 - 9:18 am

Bob K.

[Quote] According to an inside source, Bruce was part of a corporate downsizing, nothing more, nothing less.[endQuote]

You can paint it anyway you want, the fact is, Mr. Williams was Fired!


February 2, 2017 - 10:37 am

Jan Webster

Sorry to hear another great media personality FIRED by Bell Media.


February 2, 2017 - 8:01 pm

Geoff Wilmshurst

Bruce… wishing you all the best. You are a great asset to the community and I look forward to hearing about your next gig.


February 3, 2017 - 8:42 am

rasterman

I too am sorry to hear about another talented individual going down the road.
Based on some of the commenters I see signing in here I think there may be a braintrust forming to be proud Canadian inventors of whats next for broadcasting.
Subscription news and weather written and voiced by the talent in here perhaps.
When the suits are the only ones left as employees, the business is effectively dead – I said that.
Onward gentlemen!


February 4, 2017 - 3:41 pm

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Not being employed in any media capacity I find PSR site very informative. It certainly has become apparent that the people that run these outlets (TV and radio) dont give a rats — about their audiences or the talented people that bring in viewers or listeners.
Its maddening that as a consumers our opinions are not worth squat. I suppose when the bean counters have only themselves left to terminate they might catch on.


February 9, 2017 - 8:29 pm

Bevin Palmateer

A community chameleon like no other!
I have never seen a person immerse themselves so deeply, so devotedly as Bruce. He truly loves to ‘build’ his home town (be it Kitchener, London, Windsor or on Vancouver Island) into the best it can be.

Like a couple of other posters here, I too am a Bell casualty.
Worked with Bruce in London (on New Day) – we even shared the same home address for a few years – here’s to 526 Bruce!

The Island may have lost its greatest ambassador, on the air-waves (for now), but I’m sure it will keep its adopted son … and be all the better for it.

The news is shocking though; I mean, my cell phone bill must have been enough to cover his salary!

All the best buddy!!!


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