Cost cutting drove a decision to cancel Global TV’s investigative show 16×9, the Globe and Mail reports. That leaves CTV’s W5 and CBC’s the fifth estate remaining as stand-alone investigative television shows in Canada.
From the Globe and Mail (“Global pulls plug on investigative news program 16×9“):
The Global News investigative program 16×9 has been cancelled as part of job cuts and programming changes designed to slash costs as the news network merges with its new owner, Corus Entertainment Inc.
A vice-president at Global broke the news to stunned 16×9 staff one by one on Tuesday, praising their investigative work and saying financial considerations drove the decision. As many as 10 employees from the program, most of them producers or associate producers, were dismissed, while others will be transferred to a new investigative unit.
Hosted by Carolyn Jarvis, 16×9 recently wrapped up its eighth season and the show was on its regular summer hiatus when staff begin reporting stories for the coming season. Global also won’t renew the contract of Liza Fromer, a host on The Morning Show, when it expires at the end of June, according to Globalnews.ca. The company would not discuss other dismissals due to confidentiality concerns.
“We made the difficult decision to not renew 16×9 for the coming season. This was purely a business decision and not a reflection of the great work done by this dedicated team,” Rishma Govani, spokesperson for Global News, said in an e-mailed statement.
Corus acquired Global when it bought Shaw Media for $2.65-billion from Shaw Communications Inc. earlier this year. Executives promised investors Corus would extract up to $50-million in savings over two years by integrating the two companies, in an effort to bring down its debt leverage. The process to merge the two companies has led to “significant” job losses, according to a recent interview with Doug Murphy, Corus’s chief executive officer. …
Global is planning to establish a new investigations unit to work with local teams across all platforms. Ms. Jarvis, who is currently on leave, will remain at the network as its chief investigative correspondent.