Rogers restructures Citytv operations

Several jobs cut in move, including on-air talent

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media on Tuesday said it has restructured the TV operations at five Citytv-branded stations countrywide.

Toronto-based Rogers did not specify how many jobs will be lost in the programming shuffle, but did say it will save the "Breakfast Television" and "CityLine" shows, and will continue to air "CityNews at Six" and "CityNews Tonight" at its flagship Toronto station.

That means "News at Six" and "City News" operations at four remaining Citytv stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary will be lost, as will the daily "Lunch Television" magazine show.

The highest-profile job losses include on-air Toronto anchors Anne Mroczowski and Laura Di Battista, in addition to a host of ENG, editors and camera operation positions.

Rogers Media executives could not be reached at press time. The broadcaster in a statement said the restructuring was prompted by "shifting viewer patterns coupled with the overall state of the economy."

Rogers Media made earlier cuts at the Citytv stations in December 2008, and initially acquired them in 2007 from CTVglobemedia.

Job losses have also occurred at rival TV stations nationwide in the last year as broadcast groups deal with their worst-ever advertising slump and audiences migrating to niche channels and the Internet.