More blood on the floor at Sun TV, the station that viewers forgot. According to the Canadian Media Guild, which has been in contract talks with management, 13 people are getting the boot from what is already a skeletal staff left over from the last round of cuts. Positions getting axed include camera operator, video editor, reporter and producer jobs.
Says the Guild's Keith Maskell
(T)he program "Inside Jam" is moving from a nightly program to a one-hour weekend broadcast, effective immediately. I have also been told that a new program called "Canoe Live" (where do they come up with these crap names?) will fill the 6-7 pm weeknight slot, starting probably in May or so. What we haven't been told yet is whether this will be an in-house production. I'm guessing it won't be.
This station has been a disaster from the day the CRTC gave the licence to the now dead Craig Broadcasting in 2002. Back then I was furious that the licence did not go to Torstar which identified the frequency and initiated the race for the licence. Instead, in a controversial split decision which just about every other major broadcaster in Canada protested, the CRTC handed the station to Craig for its ill-conceived Toronto 1. (RIP). The justification was that Craig was already a player in the system which protects its own and doesn't like to open up to new competitors. Last year Toronto 1, in a sale of Craig's assets, was flipped to CHUM who flipped it to Quebecor, which owns the Sun chain of papers plus French-language TV and newspaper properties. Sun TV killed most of the promised local programming and instead slapped up some rinky dink shows with Sun sportswriters squeezed together at a desk.
Calls to Sun TV honchos Mike Nesbitt and Jim Nelles have yet to be returned.