TSN 1040 is no more as this morning, Bell Media announced that the radio station would be shutting its doors.
The station had an announcement on air this morning saying “stay tuned for the future of 1040,” before the station played the song Good Riddance by Green Day.
Here’s some of what is reported to have happened, according to The Province.
In a conference call Tuesday morning, James Stuart Hewson, Bell Media’s western regional general manager, told TSN 1040 staff that the decision to close the station came after years of “major losses” and the ongoing high costs of producing sports radio content.
“Unfortunately, the future broadcast outlook does not have any good news on the horizon for us … the conclusion was that we cannot continue to operate TSN radio to this market,” Hewson told stunned staff.
It’s not known at this time just how many jobs have been cut in Vancouver but Hewson said Bell Media’s human resources department would be reaching out to every TSN 1040 staff member.
“It’s important for you to understand in terms of what your separation package looks like, and all of the details that are included with it,” said Hewson, before announcing that staff had 30 minutes to collect personal items before corporate security implemented a “shutdown process.”
“I would do so as fast as possible.”
More to come…
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at email@example.com.