Latest NewsGlobal confirms cuts in news division

Global confirms cuts in news division

Global News has made cuts in its news division that have resulted in an unknown number of positions being eliminated.

“As part of our ongoing evaluation of our business and continued enterprise efficiency review across Corus, we have made some changes at Global News today, and as a result, certain roles have been impacted,” a Corus spokesperson told Broadcast Dialogue in an emailed statement.

“These changes correlate with the current economic and regulatory reality we, and other media organizations, find ourselves in,” it continued. “We are continuously working to improve the way we gather, produce, and deliver award winning content.”

It’s not known what positions are impacted, but according to a recording of an address to Alberta staff obtained by the Western Standard, the cuts impact multiple bureaus in addition to flagship newscast Global National as the network moves toward using multi-skilled journalists and fewer single function roles.

According to the report, staff were told the Lethbridge weekend newscast would now be produced in Calgary. Edmonton staff will handle weekend morning news, with Calgary producing weekend evening shows.

Corus stock was trading down today on the TSX, closing at .24 cents. On the programming side, the company suffered another blow earlier this week on news that Rogers Communications has scooped brand and content licencing rights to Warner Bros. Discovery’s suite of English-language U.S. lifestyle and factual brands in Canada starting next year, including HGTV and The Food Network, in addition to other properties of which Bell Media is the current rights holder.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessenhttps://broadcastdialogue.com
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email - corrections@broadcastdialogue.com

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