Rogers Sports & Media cut its Breakfast Television shows in Vancouver and Calgary on Tuesday — favouring a national version — and cut senior jobs in radio.
According to Broadcast Dialogue , the Breakfast Television formats in Vancouver and Calgary have been shuttered, making way for a national BT show to start in early 2021. In Vancouver this led to several job losses that include CityTV and News1130 meteorologist Russ Lacate and traffic reporter Thor Diakow.
Feeling grateful today for the experience of a lifetime. 20+ years in broadcasting working with the most amazing, kind, funny, generous people, all of whom became my family away from home. I love you guys and I’ll really miss you. It was a good run, #NoRagrets
— Russ Lacate (@NEWS1130Weather) November 18, 2020
Thank you sincerely for helping hire me 14 years ago, Amanda. It was a tremendous ride. https://t.co/sSVdoeKBcI
— Thor Diakow (@thordiakow) November 18, 2020
The company also announced cuts at its News 1130 radio station that include senior managing editor Bruce Claggett and news anchor Jim Bennie.
Tough day and yes I will miss the newsroom (thanks all for reaching out – I will get back to you soon). It’s been an amazing 17 years and thank you to my coworkers, media colleagues, newsmakers and listeners. Be kind to each other.
— Bruce Claggett (@BruceClaggett) November 18, 2020
Two of my greatest teachers were sent packing by Rogers today. I learned so much more from @BruceClaggett and Jim Bennie (not a twitter person) than I ever learned in school. Experienced journalists are essential if quality is to be maintained. What a shame.
— Jill Drews (@JillFDrews) November 18, 2020
The Jack FM morning crew — Jeff Brown, Charis Hoff and Paul Brown — were also released and are to be replaced by another crew.
Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communications for Rogers Sports & Media told Broadcast Dialogue that a new morning show would be announced shortly.
She said the cut staff were a small percentage of Rogers Sports & Media staff Canada-wide.