The National Post reported yesterday that Toronto’s radio station, Newstalk 1010 CFRB laid off 12 employees, including on-air personalities Michael Coren, Paul and Carol Mott, Kris McCusker and Jacqui Delaney.
Apparently, the station’s owner, Astral Media is saying the job losses are about taking the station in a new direction. Sherry O’Neil, general manager of Astral’s Toronto branch, says the station will retain its news-talk format and adds that the move had nothing to do with the economy and that any money saved will be put back into the station.
I find it interesting that Tarek Fatah has apparently kept his job while Michael Coren his co-host loses his. And I’m surprised about the Motts—I thought they were a fixture at the station.
Michael Coren’s TV show on CTS moves from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in September—never a positive sign when a show is punted from primetime in Canada’s largest market. That coupled with CFRB’s latest move could indicate that Coren is wearing thin with many who find his dated view of the world rather tiresome. He can be an overbearing bore at times, and he never really jelled with his co-host Fatah.
Nevertheless, I’m sorry to see him go. One less conservative voice on left/lib-dominated Toronto radio is never a good thing. He will be missed.
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