Stop if you've heard this before: More changes at The Score
This just in: The Score is making wholesle changes to its programming. In other news, the sun will set in the west tomorrow and there will strife in the Middle East.
Now, I may be off by one or two, but by my count this is about the ninth major format change at the specialty sports channel. Nobody can accuse these guys of standing still, that's for sure.
``If you're not moving, you're standing still," Score president John Levy said yesterday. ``If you're standing still, you're falling behind."
But if you're moving too fast, sometimes you fall down.
Unfortunately, the changes weren't made without spilling some blood. Nine Score staff were affected, with five losing their jobs. The others, Levy said, are being reassigned and some of those positions may change from full-time to part-time.
In addition, two shows will disappear -- sort of. The Score Tonight will be reduced from one hour a night to snippets and Hard-Core Hockey Talk will also be minimized.
As for the jobs, two on-air staffers are gone. Ten-year veteran announcer Tony Ambrogio and basketball host Nikki Reyes were axed along with three behind-the-scenes people.
It's never a good thing when people lose jobs, but Levy insists the moves have nothing to do with cost-cutting. They're about giving viewers more accessible news and features, he says.
The Score Tonight and the hockey show have been carved up into more digestible bites, he says. Sort of like serving tapas instead of main courses. Instead of an hour, they'll consist of quick hits sprinkled among Cabral Richards bits and Gerry Dee comic bites.
Other features, which Levy doesn't want to reveal right now, will be added in the fall.
As Ambrogio put it, this sounds like less news and more entertainment.
One of The Score's strengths is that it isn't afraid to take a chance. The live morning show never really had a chance to succeed, but I applaud Levy and company for trying.
It's possible the moves may be good ones. But from where I sit they take The Score farther and farther away from what it was and what it was supposed to be: news and highlights.
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