‘Not a viable business anymore’: Bell Media selling 45 radio stations amid layoffs


By Sammy Hudes, The Canadian Press

City News

February 9, 2024

Bell Canada signage is pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bell Media is ending multiple television newscasts and making other programming cuts after its parent company announced widespread layoffs and the sale of 45 of its 103 regional radio stations.

In an internal memo to Bell Media employees on Thursday, it said news stations such as CTV and BNN Bloomberg would be affected immediately.

The radio stations being sold are in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

The memo, signed by Dave Daigle, vice-president of local TV, radio and Bell Media Studios, and Richard Gray, vice-president of news at Bell Media, said weekday noon newscasts at all CTV stations except Toronto would end. It is also scrapping its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on weekends at all CTV and CTV2 stations except Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Daigle and Gray said “multi-skilled journalists” would replace news correspondent and technician teams reporting to CTV National News in Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, while other correspondent changes would be made in Ottawa.

List of divested Bell Media radio stations (new owner):

  • CHOR, Summerland, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CJAT, Trail, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKKC, Nelson, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKGR, Golden, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKXR, Salmon Arm, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKCR, Revelstoke, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CJMG, Penticton, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKOR, Penticton, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CJOR, Osoyoos, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CICF, Vernon, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CHSU, Kelowna, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CILK, Kelowna, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKFR, Kelowna, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKNL, Fort St. John, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CHRX, Fort St. John, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CJDC, Dawson Creek, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKRX, Fort Nelson, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CFTK, Terrace, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CJFW, Terrace, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CHTK, Prince Rupert, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKTK, Kitimat, B.C. (Vista Radio)
  • CKLH, Hamilton, Ont. (Whiteoaks)
  • CHRE, St. Catharines, Ont. (Whiteoaks)
  • CHTZ, St. Catharines, Ont. (Whiteoaks)
  • CKTB, St. Catharines, Ont. (Whiteoaks)
  • CKLY, Lindsay, Ont. (Durham Radio)
  • CKPT, Peterborough, Ont. (Durham Radio)
  • CKQM, Peterborough, Ont. (Durham Radio)
  • CFJR, Brockville, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation)
  • CJPT, Brockville, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation)
  • CFLY, Kingston, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation)
  • CKLC, Kingston, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation)
  • CJOS, Owen Sound, Ont. (ZoomerMedia)
  • CHRD, Drummondville, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CJDM, Drummondville, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CFEI, St-Hyacinthe, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CFZZ, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CIKI, Rimouski, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CJOI, Rimouski, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CFVM, Amqui, Que. (Arsenal Media)
  • CIKX, Grand Falls, N.B. (Maritime Broadcasting)
  • CJCJ, Woodstock, N.B. (Maritime Broadcasting)
  • CKBC, Bathurst, N.B. (Maritime Broadcasting)
  • CKTO, Truro, N.S. (Maritime Broadcasting)
  • CKTY, Truro, N.S. (Maritime Broadcasting)

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