Workers at 940 News (including host Dennis Trudeau above) came in today to find out that the station is switching to an all-music “greatest hits” format as of the end of next week, eliminating its news division and most of its anchors.
18 people, including 14 journalists, will be out of a job.
Apparently the week’s notice they did get wasn’t the company’s idea. They had to spill the beans because of a leak.
Info 690 is unaffected.
The change takes effect 8pm next Friday.
UPDATE (June 10): Host Jim Duff says his goodbye.
UPDATE (June 11): From Mike Cohen of the Suburban:
940 Montreal officially becomes AM 940 — the Greatest Hits on Friday night. While the station let a lot of staff go, staying put are program director Chris Bury, newscasters Barry Morgan and Caroline Phaneuf and traffic reporters Greg Charlebois and Sean McMahon. I will miss the talk format, but I look forward to hearing the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s…
UPDATE (June 13): It’s over. CBC discusses how this move relates to the overall gutting of private broadcaster newsrooms in Canada.