Radio announcer silenced by station restructuring

Parent company merged operations of multiple radio stations
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

This instalment of You Make the Call features a radio announcer who was let go during a restructuring of several radio stations by the parent company.

Christine Pare joined radio station CFLG in Cornwall, Ont., on Dec. 2, 2012 as an announcer on the afternoon drive show. She left her position at another radio station to work at CFLG and had more than 20 years of experience in radio broadcasting. She also assisted the music department, did voice work for commercials, broadcast from remote locations and contributed to social media posts.

In January 2014, Corus Entertainment, the owner of CFLG, purchased two Ottawa radio stations. The company decided to merge the Ottawa stations with CFLG and another Cornwall station that it owned under one regional manager. According to Pare, the regional manager told the announcers at a town-hall meeting in June that their jobs were safe. Corus denied this but indicated they may have gotten that impression.