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Canadian PM furious over Bell Media's decision to lay off journalists

9 Feb 2024

OTTAWA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday called Bell Media's move to lay off hundreds of journalists a "garbage decision."

"I'm furious," Trudeau told reporters at a press conference.

"We need those local voices, and over the past years corporate Canada ... have abdicated their responsibilities toward the communities that they have always made very good profits off of," Trudeau said.

Bell Media said Thursday it is ending multiple television newscasts and making other programming cuts after its parent company announced 4,800 job reductions and the sale of 45 of its 103 regional radio stations.

Bell Media's advertising revenues declined by 140 million Canadian dollars (104 million U.S. dollars) in 2023 compared with the year before, local media reported.

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