Bell Media Lays Off Over 200 Employees in the Toronto Area

Bell Media has cut 210 jobs in the Toronto area, confirmed the union representing some workers.

A Unifor representative confirmed to Global News on Tuesday hundreds of jobs were related to Toronto television newsrooms were axed.

According to Unifor media section director, Howard Law, he says roughly 100 employees laid off are union members that worked in TV newsrooms in Toronto.

Other staff cuts included positions in administration and sales, along with field camera operators. On-air TV reporters were not affected, but Law did not get into specifics, emphasizing some may not have been notified of the cuts yet.

Support staff are also being temporarily laid off due to COVID-19, as some local TV shows are no longer being made in-house.

“They’re laying off camera operators which has to mean less news coverage, unless they expect everybody else to work twice as hard,” said Law.

News of the media position layoffs resulted in a strong reaction on social media.

Bell spokesperson Marc Choma told The Star on Tuesday it had made “programming changes”, affecting on-air jobs at radio stations such as Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 and Montreal’s CJAD 800.

“There are further changes in roles, including some departures, reflecting Bell Media’s streamlined operating structure,” said Choma.

“As the media industry evolves, we’re focused on investment in new content and technology opportunities while also ensuring our company is as agile, efficient and easy to work with as possible,” added the Bell spokesperson.

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