Global News has cut nearly 80 media jobs across Canada, and four of those jobs are in the Okanagan.
Veteran reporter Blaine Gaffney, along with two local cameramen, one in Kelowna and one in Vernon, were laid off, sources confirmed to the Kelowna Capital News. The station is expected to use VJs going forward.
Camera operators, reporters, anchors, control room staff, make-up artists and other production crew received layoff notices in newsrooms across Canada, with Global’s most successful station in Vancouver taking the biggest hit with 21 job cuts, according to a statement released today by Unifor.
Unifor representatives highlighted concerns about the continued erosion of local news as Corus-owned Global News cuts nearly 80 jobs across Canada, including 69 Unifor members.
“Fewer journalists will be out gathering news from every region from Vancouver to Halifax,” said Unifor national president Jerry Dias. “If the Maritime newscasts now come from Toronto—how can you still call that local news?”
“The federal government stood by while Canada’s local newspapers struggled and now our members in TV news are being asked to do more to fill the same number of programming hours with fewer resources, all on this government’s watch.”
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