Sportsnet 650 lays off 4 on-air personalities in Vancouver

Oct 15 2019, 5:19 pm

Four on-air staffers have been let go from Sportsnet 650 today.

Hosts Rick Dhaliwal and Jawn Jang have been laid off by the all-sports radio station, as have producers Cam Mitchell and Kellan Tochkin.

The layoffs, which were first reported by Canucks beat writer Patrick Johnston of Postmedia, have since been confirmed by the quartet of media personalities.

“Want to thank the great staff for the last two years,” said Dhaliwal, a well-connected journalist who became a go-to source for breaking Canucks news. He was a fixture on the station’s morning show alongside James Cybulski and Perry Solkowski.

Jang was part of Sportsnet’s original lineup when the station launched in September 2017. He co-hosted the mid-morning show alongside Satiar Shah.

“It’s been a dream since Day 1 and I am privileged to say I was there from the beginning,” Jang said.

The station is also making changes to its lineup beginning on Monday, a Sportsnet spokesperson confirmed with Daily Hive.

Scott Rintoul is moving to the mid-morning time slot, with Satiar Shah taking his place as Andrew Walker’s co-host for the afternoon drive show. Bik Nizzar is getting a regular on-air spot, alongside Rintoul for Canucks Central at Noon.

Here’s the new weekday schedule:

  • 5:30 to 9 am: Sportsnet Starting Lineup with James Cybulski and Perry Solkowski
  • 9 am to 12 pm: The Scott Rintoul Show
  • 12 to 1 pm: Canucks Central at Noon with Scott Rintoul and Bik Nizzar
  • 1 to 4 pm: Reach Deep with Dan Riccio and Randip Janda
  • 4 to 7 pm: The Program with Andrew Walker and Satiar Shah

Sportsnet has cut a number of staff on the West Coast in recent weeks.

Nationally, the station made headlines when they let go Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, and John Shannon in August. Many people are speculating that Sportsnet has not had a good return on their record-breaking 12-year, $5.232 billion NHL rights deal.