Layoffs confirmed at Bell Media

The company cited financial pressures within the broadcasting industry as a result of the eliminations.
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Bell Media has eliminated a number of positions within its Bell Media Studios in Toronto.

Scott Henderson, VP of communications for Bell Media, confirmed reports that there had been personnel changes as a result of several series cancellations, however he would not confirm the exact number of layoffs, stating confidentiality. According to a staff memo obtained by MiC, thoughat least 10 individuals have been laid off, including on-air talent and executive producers.

Bell Media recently cancelled two of its specialty series, Daily Planet on Discovery and Innerspace on Space.

“These changes are a result of the significant financial pressures Bell Media faces in a broadcasting industry defined by growing international competition, evolving viewing options and an uncertain regulatory framework,” Henderson wrote to MiC.

Henderson also stated that the job eliminations were not linked to Bell Media’s recent acquisition of Pinewood Studios.

Last fall, Bell Media eliminated an estimated 50 jobs, according to Unifor. Those layoffs were mainly in the company’s production, post-production and administration departments. Following that round of layoffs, Henderson also cited “rapid change in the media marketplace” and growing competition, leading to declines in advertising for some stations.