Corus recently bought Global TV owner Shaw Media for $2.65 billion in cash and shares. Yesterday, they made a few significant cuts.
Let's start with the cancellation of 16X9. 16X9 was an award-winning Canadian newsmagazine program. We're talking investigative news at a time when fewer and fewer news outlets are employing such people. Troy Reeb, Corus Entertainment’s SVP news, radio and station operations, issued a memo lauding 16X9.
Over its eight seasons, it broke ground editorially and visually – winning countless awards and international recognition. The program, and its team, has made lasting contributions to the field of investigative journalism, and we are committed to continuing to invest in this area.
Nothing demonstrates a commitment to investigative journalism like the cancellation of 16X9. I've never been an SVP of anything, but this seems like a rather large step in the exact opposite direction.
Meanwhile, on Global TV's The Morning Show, host Liza Fromer has been let go. Technically, her contract isn't being renewed, but the result is the same. You won't see Liza Fromer on Global TV any longer.
This move has upset my mother who still misses Dave Gerry on that show. She's been a fan of Fromer's since her Breakfast Television days.
Kris Reyes, it seems, has quit her job on Global TV.
Like so many people, we want to be more creative, we want to test out new methods and we want a chance to work on something that we can grow. Personally, I just want to tell more stories. All the while, finding new adventures and sticking together.
Kris and I want the exact same thing.