William Houston of the Globe and Mail discusses The Score's woes.
Rumblings at The Score
Is the for sale sign back on Score Media?
Rumoured to be on the block for years, recent developments have TV watchers wondering if ownership of the all-sports cable channel is slashing costs in preparation for a sale.
Last week, anchor Greg Sansone, promoted to management before Christmas after several senior producers left the company, called reporters at the Score's Canadian bureaus country from Phoenix, where he was covering the Super Bowl.
The message, which seemed to be urgent, was: Be prepared to lose your jobs. Toronto-based Score is eliminating bureau reporters.
In Vancouver, Sara Orlesky is already gone. She joined TSN several weeks ago, and has not been replaced.
Additional cost-cutting measures have included the replacement of programming with simulcasts of content on the Score's Hardcore channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.
The Score will continue to use video from contracted camera technicians in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal, but there isn't likely to be any reporting.
CanWest Global has a 26.5-per-cent stake in Score Media. Yesterday, the Score began filing sports reports to Global News Ontario, which no longer has a sports department. Rogers Sportsnet had been providing sports content to Global.