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Big changes at MTV, Much as Bell Media makes deep cuts to production staff

July 10, 2014

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Bell Media is cutting at least 72 employees from its production staff as makes big changes to programming, with brunt of the losses hitting music channels Much, MTV and M3.

The layoffs are part of a plan announced by parent company BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) last month to cut 120 jobs from Bell Media's Toronto workforce due to "financial pressure'' in its advertising and subscription TV services.

A notice of sent by Bell Media's human relations department outlined some of the cuts, which included editors and producers at Much, formerly known as MuchMusic.

Unifor, the union which represents some Bell employees, says the majority of its affected members work at TV shows like "Video on Trial," "Top 10s," and "The Wedge," all which aired on Much.

Bell Media did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Including all of its TV channels and radio stations, Bell Media has about 2,400 employees in the Toronto area and about 6,500 staff across the country.

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