CTV’s long-running flagship investigative collection “W5” will stop to exist in its present type after guardian firm BCE Inc. introduced widespread layoffs.
An inner memo despatched to Bell Media staff says the award-winning program will “evolve” from a standalone documentary collection to grow to be “a multi-part, multiplatform investigative reporting unit.”
Its stories might be featured on CTV Nationwide Information, the CTV Information web site and different CTV platforms.
Bell Media didn’t instantly reply to a request for particulars in regards to the modifications at “W5,” together with whether or not they concerned workers cuts.
“W5,” which launched in 1966 and is in its 58th season, took an in-depth take a look at chilly case murders, political scandals, sexual abuse coverups, abroad drug lords and cash laundering schemes, amongst many different subjects.
Its hosts and contributors have included well-known faces in Canadian journalism resembling Lloyd Robertson, Kevin Newman and Lisa LaFlamme.
The Bell memo additionally stated Thursday that different programming at CTV and BNN Bloomberg, together with a variety of native newscasts, can be affected instantly by the cuts.
BCE Inc. stated it was slicing 9 per cent of its workforce. An open letter signed by chief government Mirko Bibic stated 4,800 jobs “in any respect ranges of the corporate” can be lower, with fewer than 10 per cent of these cuts occurring at Bell Media particularly.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 8, 2024
The Canadian Press
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CTV’s long-running flagship investigative collection “W5” will stop to exist in its present type after Bell Media introduced widespread layoffs and the sale of 45 of its 103 regional radio stations. The CTV brand outdoors their studios in Halifax on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan