As part of a nationwide restructuring by parent company Bell Media, CTV Calgary is losing three sports reporter/anchor positions in Calgary.
Local athletes, other members of Calgary’s sports media and viewers took to social media to show support for Glenn Campbell, Lisa Bowes, and Heath Brown, whose positions were affected at CTV Calgary, although what happens to them could ultimately depend on local union procedures.
Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted:
“Very sorry to hear this news. @CTVGCampbell @CTVHeathBrown @CTVLisaBowes . . . great people who did a lot for #yycsports,” Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted.
In turn, each thanked Calgarians for their support.
“Just wanted to say thanks for all of you who have reached out to us,” Campbell, CTV Calgary’s sports director, wrote in a tweet. “I’m born in YYC and loved covering sports in our great city.”
Bowes, a sports anchor and reporter, also tweeted out a response.
“Amazing ride @CTVCalgary. Thank you team.”
Bell Media announced in January that it planned to reduce staff at more than two dozen of its locations. The layoffs at CTV Calgary are a part of this downsizing.
“Although we have reduced a number of broadcast positions at local TV stations, including CTV Calgary, as part of a larger restructuring at Bell Media, we are continuing to provide sports coverage,” Matthew Garrow, a Bell Media spokesman, said Wednesday.
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