TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The job losses announced this morning at
TVO will be harmful to the quality of content produced by the station.
In an announcement this morning, TVO said it is cutting roughly 40 jobs
and long-standing shows such as Saturday Night at the Movies, Allan
Gregg in Conversation, and Big Ideas.
"It is a very sad day at TVO. We are losing some iconic shows that have
been running for years and it is going to affect a lot of people and
their employment here", said Steve Thomas, President of CEP Local 72-M.
"The Ontario Liberal government went after the province's teachers, and
now they are going after its public broadcaster", said Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) Vice-President Media Peter Murdoch.
"It is a failed solution to reduce staff positions to try and improve
the situation of the station."
TVO announced today its operating grant will be reduced by 5% as of
April 1, 2013. The announcement also focused on the station's intent to
focus on interactive and multi-platform digital content.
"Having a flashy website is great, but it is worthless without
sufficient staff to produce interesting content for viewers", added
Murdoch. "Cutting the very people that will bring an audience back to
the station will only exacerbate current difficulties."
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is the
largest union in several key sectors of Canada's economy, including
forestry, energy, telecommunications and media. The union's 120,000
members work at a wide variety of jobs in hundreds of different
workplaces across the country.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Peter Murdoch, CEP Vice-President Media: (905) 516-5720