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Bell Media Confirms Round of Layoffs to Local News and Sports Desk Employees

Bell Media Confirms Round of Layoffs to Local News and Sports Desk Employees

By Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

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The logo for Bell Media, owned by BCE Inc., is displayed on a Toronto building in a handout photo. Bell Media is confirming union reports that it is laying off employees at radio and TV stations across Canada, including “phasing out” certain sportscasts and well-known anchors. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Bell Media – Darren Goldstein)

CALGARY – Bell Media is laying off employees, including prominent on-air personalities, at radio and TV stations across Canada.

However, the company won’t say how many, who or where.

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Bell Providing Grants to Seven Manitoba Organizations to Support Mental Health

Bell Providing Grants to Seven Manitoba Organizations to Support Mental Health

Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street (HANDOUT)
Siloam Mission is one of seven recipients in the province of a grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Seven Manitoba organizations who deliver mental health support are receiving grants totaling $100,000 from Bell.

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund will assist Artbeat Studio Inc., Artists in Healthcare Manitoba, Eastman Safety Training Centre, Inspire Community Outreach Inc., Jewish Child and Family Service – Winnipeg, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, and Siloam Mission.

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MuchMusic Video Awards to Air with Live Simulcast

MuchMusic Video Awards to Air with Live Simulcast

MuchMusic Video Awards
MuchMusic Video Awards (BELL MEDIA)

The MuchMusic Video Awards are marking 25 years with a live simulcast across multiple networks on Sunday, June 15.

For the first time, the MMVAs will air live on Much, CTV and the CTV Go app at 8 p.m. CT.

“With the CTV simulcast we ensure millions of music fans across the country experience the energy of this amazing show,” said Phil King, president, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming in a release.

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CRTC Denies Bell Media’s Takeover of Astral

A $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media will not go ahead as planned.

During a hearing in Ottawa on Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied Bell Media’s plans of an acquisition.

The highly publicized Canadian media deal, first announced in March, would have seen Bell acquire Astral’s 84 radio stations and 20 pay and specialty television channels in both English and French.

“BCE failed to persuade us that the deal would benefit Canadians,” said CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais in a release. “It would have placed significant market power in the hands of one of the country’s largest media companies. We could not have ensured a robust Canadian broadcasting system without imposing extensive and intrusive safeguards, which would have been to the detriment of the entire industry.”

In September, Bell released a list of radio stations it had planned to sell if the deal was approved. Winnipeg’s QX 104 (Astral) and FAB 94.3 (Bell) were on that list, along with eight others.

In its ruling, the CRTC added, “The acquisition of Astral Media’s services would have created a situation where a company of BCE’s size and scale would be able to exert its market power unfairly and hinder healthy competition.”

The Canadian broadcast regular also denied Bell’s request to convert Montreal radio station CKGM from an English- to a French-language station.

Bell Acquires Astral Media for $3.38B

Bell Canada announced Friday that it has agreed to buy Montreal-based Astral Media Inc. for $3.38 billion.

Canada’s largest telecommunications company will acquire all of Astral’s assets, including pay television channels, radio stations, digital media properties and out-of-home advertising platforms in Quebec and across the rest of Canada.

BCE also owns Bell Media, which operates FAB 94.3, 99.9 BOB FM and TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg. Astral’s local radio properties include Hot 103 and QX 104.

The deal also includes $380 million in debt, according to a joint news release issued by the two companies.

Astral employs approximately 2,800 people across Canada, with about half of their team located in Quebec. The acquisition will grow Bell’s Canadian team to almost 19,000 people.

The transaction still requires approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Competition Bureau.

Dez Daniels, Kelly Parker New Hosts of BOB FM Morning Show

Dez Daniels and Kelly Parker (FACEBOOK)

A new morning show will launch on Winnipeg’s radio airwaves on Tuesday.

Dez Daniels and Kelly Parker will be the new morning team at 99.9 BOB FM beginning September 6 as part of “BOB’s Breakfast.”

Parker is BOB’s current afternoon drive host, while Dez will return to Bell Media, where she previously worked on the morning show with Beau and Tom before leaving for 102.3 Clear FM. In March of this year, Dez was let go from Clear

Up until now, Jay Richardson has been handling mornings solo on the “80’s, 90’s and Whatever” station since co-host Andrea Collins departed for Virgin Radio in Montreal.

Richardson now begins his new morning duties at sister station Sports Radio 1290 with co-host and former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Troy Westwood. The show will conveniently be called “Jay and Westwood” and also debuts on Tuesday — airing weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Westwood previously co-hosted mornings on QX 104 before being released in March.

The fall ratings period begins September 5. In the spring book, BOB FM was down a few shares (5.2) compared to the same time last year (7.1). Sports Radio 1290 was down from a 3.0 share to a 0.7. A radio insider tells us these new additions is the plan to boost the station’s listener base.

Winnipeg Jets Award Broadcast Rights to TSN, Sports Radio 1290

Winnipeg Jets Award Broadcast Rights to TSN, Sports Radio 1290

The worst-kept secret in the NHL was confirmed Wednesday, as the Winnipeg Jets announced a partnership deal with Bell Media, awarding broadcast rights to TSN and Sports Radio 1290.

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Both stations will handle television and radio duties respectively, ending a long-running deal True North Sports and Entertainment held with CJOB to cover games of the former Manitoba Moose.

The 10-year deal will see Brian Munz and Dennis Beyak sharing play-by-play duties on the AM dial, while current NHL free agent Shane Hnidy handles colour commentary. Former players Brian Engblom and Mike Johnson will do colour for the TSN TV broadcasts.

Sports Radio 1290 will air all 82 regular season Jets games along with Stanley Cup Playoffs and pre-season games.

More than 60 pre-season and regular season games will be available regionally to fans on TSN in HD. The new channel will be called TSN Jets and launches September 20. Viewers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and parts of Northwestern Ontario will receive the new specialty channel on Bell TV, with the hope of more carriers being added in the future.

“True North Sports and Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets are ecstatic to have entered into this agreement with Bell Media,” said True North’s president and CEO Jim Ludlow. “It is a landmark agreement for broadcasting and professional hockey in Winnipeg.”

TSN will also broadcast five Jets games nationally, as part of its deal with the NHL.

TSN reporter and Winnipeg native Sara Orlesky will open the city’s first network bureau and be the lead reporter for all Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bomber games. Orlesky will cover all major sports news coming out of Manitoba as part of her duties.

While not the official broadcaster, CJOB is boosting its own Jets coverage by bringing back Kelly Moore and recently adding Jim Toth to their lineup.

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New FAB 94.3 Morning Show Delayed

If you tuned in to hear the new morning show on FAB 94.3 Tuesday morning, you didn’t hear much.

CHUM Radio launched FAB 94.3 on December 26 as a ’60s and ’70s station with Beau, Tom and Frazier in the morning, but neither of the three were on the air.

The postponement of the program had many listeners scratching their heads, as the station has been promoting the trio heavily for over a week.

A pre-recorded message on FAB stated that Beau was off sick.

CHUM Radio Promotions Coordinator Amy Houston confirmed the news via e-mail late Tuesday, stating Beau is out with the flu. He hopes to return by Thursday, at which time the new show will debut with all three personalities.

Andrea and Jay — formerly of the defunct CURVE 94.3 — are the new morning hosts at sister station 99.9 BOB FM, but were also not on the air Tuesday. Houston says Andrea Collins is also out sick, but Jay will fly solo with the launch of the new BOB morning show. It debuted earlier this morning.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. — We shot the below video of Tom and Frazier talking about the FAB 94.3 morning show setback earlier this morning.

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FAB 94.3 Brings Oldies Back to Winnipeg Radio

Winnipeg’s newest radio station launched Sunday, bringing back classic hits to the airwaves after 1290 CFRW switched formats in September.

FAB 94.3 replaces the struggling CURVE 94.3 format and will be specializing in “Super Hits of the 60s and 70s.”

The CHUM Radio station went live at 3 p.m.

The new morning show will launch at 6 a.m. on January 4 with Beau, Tom and Frazier — formerly of 99.9 BOB FM.

CURVE’s old morning show made up of Jay Richardson and Andrea Collins will move over to BOB the same day.

“We’re also excited to keep all the popular morning programs intact,” said Chris Stevens, Vice-President and General Manager of CHUM Radio Winnipeg in a release. “We’re lucky to have two popular morning shows and the station swap allows the teams to be best positioned for success in the appropriate demographics. We’re confident that everyone will be pleased.”

We predicted the format change earlier this month as a way for CTV to bounce back in the ratings, where the 94.3 frequency has underperformed for a while.

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Two New TV Channels Launch in Winnipeg Market

Two New TV Channels Launch in Winnipeg Market

Winnipeggers may have noticed a new television channel in their lineup on Monday and another one next week.

MTS TV is now carrying Filipino channel GMA Life TV, which it describes as the latest in food, fashion, healthy living, travel, showbiz news and talk shows from the Philippines.

The new channel compliments GMA Pinoy TV, which is already in the MTS lineup.

As of Monday, November 29, both MTS and Shaw customers will have access to E! Entertainment Television. CTV says the channel will be available in every market from coast-to-coast, reaching more than 6.2 million households overall.

E! will be available for MTS TV customers on channel 113, Shaw 38 and 53, Shaw Direct 168 and 257, and Bell TV on channel 621.

The entertainment channel will launch at 11 a.m. CT