Rogers Media has announced sweeping changes to programming at various radio stations, following the layoffs of 94 staff, and adding more Sportsnet content to its programming. Seven people were laid off at Ottawa’s 1310 News and another 11 at Halifax’s 95.7 News. At Toronto’s 680 News, anchor Ann Doose and entertainment reporter Gloria Martin are among the layoffs.
Rogers Media has announced sweeping changes to programming at some of its radio stations, after laying off 94 staff.
At Ottawa’s 1310 News, Rogers laid off seven staff, according to the Ottawa Citizen. A significant proportion of the station’s content will now come from Rogers’ all-sports station Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
While the weekends will deliver round-the-clock sports coverage from Sportsnet, the Citizen reported the station will continue to broadcast general news weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and between 3 and 8 p.m. and air Sportsnet coverage outside of those hours. The Ottawa station also added a new talk show called Talk to the Hand, hosted by veteran broadcaster Ed Hand.
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At Toronto’s 680 News, anchor Ann Doose and entertainment reporter Gloria Martin are among those laid off.
Rogers Media announces round of layoffs http://t.co/6DoSmVjLcy This is where I turn off the mic and leave the building. Thanks for the ride!
— Ann Doose (@Newsbayb) November 5, 2013
Sportsnet also let go of sports personality Barb DiGiulio.
It’s true. After 22 years, I’m no longer with @FAN590. I have great memories, and lots of respect for everyone I’ve worked with. Thank you.
— Barb DiGiulio (@BarbDGtoronto) November 5, 2013
At Halifax’s 95.7 News, 11 staff were laid off, and popular shows Maritime Morning and Maritime Morning Weekend Edition were cancelled. The station will also carry more Sportsnet content. Morning anchor Erica Munn; sports anchor Scott MacIntosh; reporter Desiree Finhert, who was on maternity leave, and her replacement Amanda Debison; The Rick Howe Show producer Melissa Mancini; morning news editor Connie Thiessen and Lite 92.9 DJ Jamie Paterson were among those laid off.