September 21, 2017
To: Okanagan Team Members
Subject: Restructuring & Staff Changes
I’m writing today to share details of a restructuring plan for the Kelowna operation. The plan includes several staff reductions. Earlier today I met – or spoke – with the affected individuals one on one. Now, I’m sharing details with all of you…
Today we ended our employment relationship with Dan McFarlane and Julie Hill, effective immediately. We also served notice of our intention to end our relationship with Russell Byth on October 21, 2017 and Drew Ferreira, effective December 21, 2017.
Each of these individuals have made a significant contribution to our success. In the case of Dan and Julie they have also given many, many years of dedicated service to our business. Let me be clear: this decision has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of their work.
On behalf of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, I want to thank them for their service to our team and to our company and wish for them a better tomorrow. Why the reductions? Why now? As you know, our division has struggled financially for many years.
The Kelowna stations have found the operating environment extremely challenging. Thus, we have not hit our financial targets. As difficult as these decisions were, the reality is we can no longer continue to operate without regard to the difficulties we face. What does this mean? Going forward our program directors will play a leading role on promotions and Jasmin will be doing an on-air shift.
The Vernon news team will be providing news content for the Power morning show and the Digital/Promotions team in Vernon will be looking after the Kelowna station websites too. As you can see, the Vernon team will be ‘giving back’ even more, just as Kelowna supports Vernon with production, among other things. Going forward I see this as ‘a three-station cluster, operating out of two offices’ – together, as a team. Thank you – all of you – in advance for stepping up and helping out.
Finally, let me end this note by saying no further staff reductions are planned now. I believe these changes – combined with a strict approach to everyday costs – and the encouraging efforts of our sales team will allow us to stabilize our business and begin the march forward together, toward a stronger tomorrow. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to seek me out.
PSR was alerted earlier this morning about an internal shakeup within the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Administration and Traffic involving 8 employees.
Puget Sound Radio contacted Rod Schween, President of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kamloops, and he kindly responded with the following..
Yes, the information is unfortunately correct. We have made the extremely tough decision to part company with 8 individuals from our Administrative and Traffic teams from across the company. Our needs have changed in these departments and the restructuring is needed to reallocate resources into other areas of our business.
As I explained to our teams, this is not a cost saving measure on our part. Rather it is a strategy that will enable us to continue making the personnel investments we have already undertaken and are continuing to do in other areas of our company.
Rod Schween| President
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