The 24-hour-a-day Viceland television channel launched in February 2016. Image courtesy of Vice Canada.

23 staff positions cut in aftermath of Vice Canada and Rogers Media deal ending

Last week, Rogers Media announced it would be ending its $100 million deal with Vice Canada and taking Viceland off the air. Continue Reading 23 staff positions cut in aftermath of Vice Canada and Rogers Media deal ending

Just a few days after Rogers Media announced it was cutting ties with Vice Canada, 23 staff have been laid off.

Whether you are one of the people directly affected by layoff or not, it is hard to witness co-workers and friends lose work – and it is hard to experience an involuntary layoff first-hand,” said Maggie McCaw, president of the Vice Canada branch of CMG, and Kamala Rao, president of Canadian Media Guild, in a press release.

A few Vice Canada staff announced they had been laid off via Twitter.

At least one staff member also took a buyout, which is available to Vice Canada staff as an option in the event of layoffs.

In 2014, The Canadian Press reported that Rogers Media and Vice Canada had signed a $100 million deal to start a speciality TV channel and open a new production studio. That channel, Viceland, was announced in 2015 and premiered in 2016. However, A Bloomberg report in March 2016 found that people were viewing Viceland documentaries more online than on the TV channel itself.

Ryan Archibald, the president of Vice Canada, said in a statement reported by The Canadian Press that Vice will be announcing some “exciting new partnerships” soon

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