Eastlink lays off 33 in television division, including 13 in Halifax

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CHARLOTTETOWN — EastLink is laying off 33 people in its television division across the region as it streamlines operations.

Thirteen of the layoffs are in Halifax.

Jill Laing, a spokeswoman with EastLink in Halifax, said Wednesday the company remains committed to local television and no community channels will close.

EastLink TV produces about 1,400 hours of local programming throughout Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

In P.E.I., it produces a weekly news program called EastLink Magazine and broadcasts community events such as the Gold Cup Parade and hospital fundraisers.

Betty Lou Jordan, host of EastLink Magazine, is among the three layoffs on the Island.

She said she was devastated by the decision.

“I poured my heart and soul into it, I loved everything I did,” said Jordan, who spend 12 years at Eastlink and was three years shy of retirement.

“I didn’t see it coming.”

The cuts are effective immediately.

Laing said it is too early to say what impact the layoffs will mean to local programming but insisted EastLink remains committed to community broadcasts.

“We’re always evolving our programming and that will continue,” she said.

Geographic location: Halifax, CHARLOTTETOWN, Nova Scotia

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