Rogers Announces Mass Layoffs at Citytv
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Rogers Announces Mass Layoffs at Citytv

Anne Mroczkowski’s bowdlerization from CityNews’ website, a change made today and first caught by Mondoville.

Rogers Media issued a press release earlier this afternoon announcing that they are in the process of restructuring Citytv’s television operations―and as we all know, “restructuring” is nothing more than the preferred euphemism for our favourite media trend of late 2009/early 2010: mass layoffs.
CBC reports that news departments at Citytv’s stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto have all bled “multiple” jobs. The Rogers press release says Citytv will keep producing Breakfast Television and CityLine for all its markets, and CityNews and CityNews Tonight in Toronto. By way of explanation, it offers only that: “Shifting viewer patterns coupled with the overall state of the economy required the company to rethink its programming lineup.” BlogTO has a running list of specific people and positions believed to be affected by the shakeup. Several on-air personalities—Anne Mroczkowski, Laura DiBattista, Pam Seatle, Merella Fernandez, and Marianne Dimain—are among them. Mondoville, meanwhile, fingers the ongoing Jay Leno Show fiasco as a possible cause.
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: The Canadian Press is now reporting that sixty jobs, in total, have been cut at Citytv. Also, the CBC reports that Citytv stations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver will no longer be airing evening newscasts. Edmonton and Calgary will lose their noon newscasts, as well. Toronto will be losing CityNews at Noon, CityNews at Five, and City News Weekend. Winnipeg’s Citytv schedule, strangely, won’t be affected by the cuts.