Canada’s media landscape continues to shift with today’s announcement that Rogers Media will eliminate approximately 200 positions nationwide.
“As you are aware, the media industry continues to experience significant pressures from a softening advertising market, fierce competition from global players, and shifting audience consumption habits,” reads a memo by the company sent to employees.
“Today, we shared with our employees that we will be undergoing some changes at Rogers Media. We have identified cost efficiencies in production, operations and procurement, and have made the difficult decision to reduce headcount, primarily affecting conventional TV, radio, publishing, and back-office positions.”
The changes will begin next month – it will shrink Rogers Media’s workforce by approximately four per cent.
In November, Bell Media trimmed its 380 jobs in Toronto and Montreal. And just last week, amidst bleeding finances, Postmedia revealed its plans to cut about 90 jobs and amalgamate newsrooms in four markets, including the merger of the newsrooms of the Vancouver Sun and The Province. Just days earlier, the Toronto Star also cut 300 employees.
Over on Vancouver Island, the Nanaimo Daily News will cease publishing on January 29, effectively ending the business after 141 years.