CHCH TV cancels tonight’s newscast; station future uncertain
By Susan Clairmont
CHCH news staff is waiting to find out the fate of their station after being told there will be no 6 o'clock newscast tonight.
An announcement to staff is expected at 4 p.m., by email, sources inside the CH newsroom say. The fear is the station is shutting down or being dramatically reduced.
Employees began asking questions this morning after money was unexpectedly deposited in some employees' bank accounts. One staffer — who does not want to be identified — says the amount was equal to about two paycheques.
The station is owned by Channel Zero in Toronto.
One staffer, who didn't want her name used because she was clinging to the hope she might still have a job on Monday, said the mood is "awful."
As of 2:45 p.m. people were still optimistically working to file stories, she said.