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Bell CEO and other executives called to committee to testify on recent job cuts



MPs have invited several senior executives from BCE Inc. and Bell Canada to testify later this month about the company’s decision to cut about nine per cent of its workforce this year.

The House of Commons heritage committee has agreed to invite BCE Inc. CEO Mirko Bibic to address the cuts, which include impacts on newsrooms across the country.

The committee also agreed to invite Bell Media President Sean Cohan and the parent company’s CFO, Curtis Millen, as well as a handful of others.

The Liberal motion to invite the executives on February 29 was supported by the NDP and the Bloc Québécois, with the committee’s Conservatives abstaining from the vote.

BCE Inc., the parent company of Bell Media, announced last week that it would reduce its workforce by 4,800 positions, end several television newscasts and sell 45 of its 103 radio stations.

The company blamed its cuts on the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, saying Ottawa was too slow to provide aid to struggling media companies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published February 13, 2024.

CTV News is a division of Bell Media, part of BCE Inc.


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