Bell Media undertook another round of layoffs on Wednesday that appear to be focused on its Ontario radio stations.
Among those caught up in this latest round are longtime Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Program Director Mike Bendixen, who also held the role of National Format Director, News & Talk Programming. Bendixen, who started his career with CFRB in 1998, had been in his current role for the last 12 years. He’ll reportedly be replaced by TSN 1050 (CHUM-AM) Program Director Jeff MacDonald, who will do double duty for both stations going forward. MacDonald has been with TSN for the last seven and a half years.
Also part of this round of cuts is Greg MacDonald, Regional Creative and Production Director for Bell Media Southwest Ontario, for both radio and television. MacDonald had been with Bell since 2014 and in his current role since 2015. He previously spent 17 years as a senior producer with Toronto’s 98.1 CHFI before moving into the Hamilton market as a Production Creative Director for Corus Radio.
Longtime production manager Jeff Kirkwood and Hamilton-based writer Damon Papadopoulos were also part of the layoffs.