No layoffs or closures says buyer of 21 Bell radio stations in B.C.

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No layoffs says buyer of Bell B.C. radio stations

Penticton Herald

February 9, 2024

The president of the company buying 21 B.C. radio stations from Bell Media says there won’t be any closures or layoffs. Bell Canada signage is pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

COURTENAY, B.C. – The president of the company buying 21 B.C. radio stations from Bell Media says there won’t be any closures or layoffs, despite concerns from B.C. Premier David Eby about the sale.

Vista Radio president Bryan Edwards said the stations have a total of about 80 employees and he believed some were understaffed.

“We have continued to grow our company in the markets we’re in and news is a big part of what we do. And I think that that’s an area that we will certainly bulk up in these acquired stations over a period of time,” he said.

Edwards said his 20-year-old company, based in Courtenay, B.C., already operates radio stations in communities adjacent to the ones its planning to purchase.

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