March 5, 2024

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Bell cutting 4800 jobs and selling 45 radio stations

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It was announced this morning that BCE. Inc is shedding 4800 jobs and selling 45 radio stations. Rumors had swirled for months that stations would be sold.

I am not sure if the job cuts include those at The Source. They announced that they were closing The Source’s head office as well as over 100 stores. The rest are being rebranded as Best Buy Express.

Citing slumping ad revenues and continuing losses in its news division, as well as regulatory decisions forcing it to sell cheaper bulk internet access to smaller competitors, Bell Canada Enterprises announced Thursday it’s planning to cut 4,800 jobs across the country.

In an open letter to employees, BCE CEO Mirko Bibic said the cuts would come at all levels.

“Over the coming weeks, we will implement significant reductions on our team at all levels of the company, reducing our workforce by approximately 4,800 positions, representing nine per cent of our workforce,” said Bibic.

“Restructuring decisions are incredibly tough for all of us because it affects the people we work with and care about,” Bibic added. “We know these decisions are hardest on those leaving Bell.”

List of divested Bell Media radio stations (New owner) current branding/name

CHOR, Summerland, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CJAT, Trail, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CKKC, Nelson, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CKGR, Golden, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CKXR, Salmon Arm, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CKCR, Revelstoke, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CJMG, Penticton, B.C. (Vista Radio) Move

CKOR, Penticton, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CJOR, Osoyoos, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CICF, Vernon, B.C. (Vista Radio) Pure Country

CHSU, Kelowna, B.C. (Vista Radio) Virgin

CILK, Kelowna, B.C. (Vista Radio) Move

CKFR, Kelowna, B.C. (Vista Radio) AM 1150

CKNL, Fort St. John, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CHRX, Fort St. John, B.C. (Vista Radio) Move

CJDC, Dawson Creek, B.C. (Vista Radio) Pure Country

CKRX, Fort Nelson, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CFTK, Terrace, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CJFW, Terrace, B.C. (Vista Radio) Pure Country

CHTK, Prince Rupert, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CKTK, Kitimat, B.C. (Vista Radio) Bounce

CKLH, Hamilton, Ont. (Whiteoaks) Bounce

CHRE, St. Catharines, Ont. (Whiteoaks) Move

CHTZ, St. Catharines, Ont. (Whiteoaks) HTZ-FM

CKTB, St. Catharines, Ont. (Whiteoaks) Newstalk 610

CKLY, Lindsay, Ont. (Durham Radio) Bounce

CKPT, Peterborough, Ont. (Durham Radio) Move

CKQM, Peterborough, Ont. (Durham Radio) Pure Country

CFJR, Brockville, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation) Move

CJPT, Brockville, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation) Bounce

CFLY, Kingston, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation) Move

CKLC, Kingston, Ont. (My Broadcasting Corporation) Pure Country

CJOS, Owen Sound, Ont. (ZoomerMedia) Bounce

CHRD, Drummondville, Que. (Arsenal Media) Rouge

CJDM, Drummondville, Que. (Arsenal Media) Energie

CFEI, St-Hyacinthe, Que. (Arsenal Media) Boom

CFZZ, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. (Arsenal Media) Boom

CIKI, Rimouski, Que. (Arsenal Media) Energie

CJOI, Rimouski, Que. (Arsenal Media) Rouge

CFVM, Amqui, Que. (Arsenal Media) Rouge

CIKX, Grand Falls, N.B. (Maritime Broadcasting) Bounce

CJCJ, Woodstock, N.B. (Maritime Broadcasting) Pure Country

CKBC, Bathurst, N.B. (Maritime Broadcasting) Bounce

CKTO, Truro, N.S. (Maritime Broadcasting) Bounce

CKTY, Truro, N.S. (Maritime Broadcasting) Pure Country

This is a developing story… more to come

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