'A' Stations Restructure Local Programming; Reduce Staff
TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - CTV today confirmed it has taken further steps
in on-going efforts to address the grave financial reality facing its
conventional 'A' stations by announcing the restructuring of its local program
operations and significant staff layoffs.
Effective immediately, 'A' MORNING, the three-hour local morning show
produced separately in Victoria, London and Barrie, has been cancelled.
In Ottawa, the evening (6 p.m.), late night (11 p.m.) and weekend
newscasts have been cancelled. All stations will continue to meet their
existing conditions of licence.
In total, 118 positions have been eliminated at 'A' stations in Victoria,
London, Barrie and Ottawa, representing approximately 28% of the 'A' stations'
overall staff count.
"These are extremely difficult and challenging decisions to make given
it's not about the quality of our 'A' programming or that we have achieved
double-digit audience growth," said Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice-President,
Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia. "We simply can't monetize our success. We
are doing everything we can to hang on to conventional television, but as we
continue to stress, the conventional model is now broken. In the long term,
the only real solution is fee-for-carriage."
Today's announcement includes the staff reductions confirmed by CTV last
week that it will not seek licence renewals for the 'A' stations in Wingham,
Wheatley and its rebroadcaster in Windsor.
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