Vancouver sports fans furious after TSN 1040 gets pulled off the air

Feb 9 2021, 5:08 pm

TSN 1040’s two-decade run in Vancouver came to an unceremonious end this morning.

Partway through the Halford and Brough Show, at around 9 am, Bell Media halted operations of its all-sports station. An official Bell Media statement was later read on air, followed by the song “Good Riddance” by Green Day. Music has been playing on a loop ever since.

These are just the latest cuts by Bell Media across the country, as hundreds have lost their jobs over the past two weeks. That doesn’t make the news any easier to take for employees at the station, not to mention the many loyal TSN 1040 listeners.

In what seems like a cruel joke, Bell Media President Wade Oosterman said in an internal email sent to staff that 1040 will transition to a “funny format” beginning later this week, as standup comedy programming will be offered going forward.

Seriously.

The news has dominated social media today, with many reaching out to longtime TSN 1040 broadcasters like Jeff Paterson, Matt Sekeres, and Blake Price with well wishes.

Among the well wishers are broadcasters from arch-rival Sportsnet 650, with Satiar Shah and Bik Nizzar spending the first 15 minutes of Canucks Central at Noon to show respect to the people that lost their jobs today.

“When you have your part shaping the conversation about this hockey team in this city for two decades, it warrants a level of respect extended to you,” said Nizzar.

“It’s such a gut punch to see the entire station go today. This is not good for anybody,” said Shah. “It’s not good for any of the people let go. It’s not good for the industry, and it’s not really good for us… it’s not. This is not a day where this is good for anybody. We’re talking about people’s lives.”

The three major pro teams in the city posted messages today, including the Vancouver Canucks, who are now linked with Sportsnet as their broadcast rights-holder.

For fans, the reaction was a mixture of sadness, confusion, and anger.

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