In the latest round of media cuts, Rogers Media has announced 200 layoffs, representing four percent of its workforce.
The Rogers announcement come on the heels of Postmedia announcing 90 layoffs and the operational restructuring of its newsrooms.
“[We] have made the difficult decision to reduce headcount, primarily affecting conventional TV, radio, publishing, and back-office positions,” said Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communication for Rogers Media, in an email.
Rogers says the changes make them better positioned for the next phase of the company’s plan.
“This was not an easy decision, but was right for our business long-term,” Goldstein said. “While difficult, these changes are essential to delivering on our Rogers 3.0 plan and to position us for continued success and future growth.”
As he did for the people of Postmedia, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, gave his sympathies to the staff involved in the Rogers Media layoffs.
My thoughts are also with Rogers Media employees facing layoffs. This is a challenging time for journalists telling Canada’s stories. 2/2
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 26, 2016
Rogers says the cuts are to begin in February.