Dhaliwhal, Jang among Sportsnet 650 layoffs in Vancouver

Sportsnet 650 (CISL-AM) Vancouver has laid off several key staff, following a tumultuous  few months for the network that’s seen the release of several high-profile contributors.

Jawn Jang

Vancouver market sports veteran Rick Dhaliwhal, who was part of The Starting Lineup with James Cybulski and Perry Solkowski, is among the on-air casualties. Jawn Jang, who co-hosted midday show “The Playbook,” alongside Satiar Shah, was also let go. Both Jang and Dhaliwhal had been with the station since its launch in Sept. 2017.

Producers Cam Mitchell and player-turned-broadcaster Kellan Tochkin are also out.


Tuesday’s layoffs in Vancouver follow cuts at Sportsnet 590 The Fan (CJCL-AM) Toronto over the summer that included longtime Prime Time Sports host Bob McCown, and Hockey Central at Noon contributors Nick Kypreos, Doug Maclean, and John Shannon, in addition to an unspecified number of off-air positions.

In June, the network told Broadcast Dialogue it was “repositioning Sportsnet for the future,” alluding to changing audience consumption trends. Rogers Media has yet to comment on Tuesday’s staffing moves in Vancouver.

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