Quebec media big TVA has laid off greater than 500 staff, practically a 3rd of its workforce

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A Quebec media big introduced Thursday that it’s going to lay off practically a 3rd of its workforce beginning in February.

TVA, which is owned by Quebecor, stated it could reduce 547 jobs, together with 300 in inside manufacturing, 98 operations and 149 in different departments.

Leisure sequence resembling Cheater, The goose that lays golden eggs And vlogwill nonetheless run on TVA’s airwaves however manufacturing will probably be outsourced.

Regional information will probably be broadcast outdoors of Quebec Metropolis.

TVA stated an entire realignment of its sources is critical because of the quickly altering media panorama, the recognition of streaming providers, and losses in internet marketing income. The radio says it misplaced $13 million this 12 months, in comparison with $1.6 million final 12 months.

“TVA isn’t going away,” Belado stated at a information convention Thursday.

“We need to proceed to offer high-quality programming…that can generate promoting income.”

The media big stated it should refocus its mission completely on broadcasting, successfully ending in-house manufacturing of leisure content material, centralizing its information division and shrinking its actual property.

Pelado proposed constructing the TVA at 1600 De Maisonneuve Blvd. In Montreal, it may be transformed into social housing.

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“The normal tv enterprise mannequin has been disrupted on all sides: shrinking audiences, declining subscriptions, declining promoting revenues, fierce competitors, and aggressive bidding for leisure content material and sports activities rights,” TVA stated in a press launch.

She additionally stated these issues are exacerbated by CBC and Radio-Canada’s unfair competitors with non-public broadcast stations for promoting revenues.

TVA had already reduce 140 skilled and managerial jobs in February 2023 and canceled a few of its programmes, however stated in the present day that these measures weren’t sufficient to remain afloat.

“The deficit that TVA Group is at present operating is not sustainable,” Belado stated.

“We now have a duty to rectify the state of affairs. The TVA has traditionally been an vital automobile for Quebec’s tradition, language and information. We now have an obligation to protect it and guarantee its sustainability.”

TVA journalist Gilles Valiquette stated he was not stunned by the announcement “given all the pieces that is been taking place within the information media.”

“My greatest want is that we preserve the standard of labor now we have at all times completed, and this may come from a brand new era of younger individuals,” he stated.

“A dramatic wake-up name”

Quebec politicians shortly responded to Quebecor’s announcement, saying the transfer can be an enormous loss for the province.

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“The restructuring at TVA is a dramatic wake-up name: over 500 TV craftsmen have been laid off, the trade has weakened like by no means earlier than, and our French-language tradition has weakened,” Bloc Québécois Chief Yves-François Blanchet tweeted on X, previously often called Twitter.

He stated web giants must be prevented from taking massive parts of media revenues.

Mathieu Lacombe, Quebec’s Minister of Tradition and Communications, stated it is unhappy information, particularly for workers affected by the layoffs. He himself was a information anchor for TVA Nouvelles on TVA’s CHOT-DT channel in Gatineau, Que.

He added that those that misplaced their jobs now really feel unsure, and “this can be a tough time for them and their households.”

He stated that the information trade was going through a rising disaster 12 months after 12 months, and it was tough to adapt to the altering occasions. The minister stated that information enterprise fashions don’t work properly within the digital age.

His authorities has given thousands and thousands in monetary help to the information trade, however clearly extra discussions are wanted with information trade bosses to see how the province may help.

Parti Québécois MNA Pascal Bérubé, whose accomplice is a TVA worker, stated it was a “darkish Thursday” for Quebec tradition.

He added: “I hope this doesn’t have an effect on protection of vital occasions.”

“Democracy will depend on data.”

He stated he was involved about protection popping out of the Nationwide Meeting and that there can be a lack of management over regional information.

“Tomorrow it will likely be one other media outlet. No one wins…and that does not ship an excellent message to the information trade.”

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