April 21st, 2024

Bell CEO summoned to committee over job cuts after not finding time to appear

By The Canadian Press on March 25, 2024.

Mirko Bibic, president and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada, speaks during a CRTC hearing in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Members of Parliament have summoned Bibic to testify next month about the decision to cut thousands of jobs across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – Members of Parliament have summoned the head of Bell Canada to testify next month about the company’s decision to cut thousands of jobs across the country.

CEO Mirko Bibic was originally invited to appear before the Canadian Heritage committee on Feb. 29 and then March 19, but MPs say he has so far been unable to attend.

Last week, in a closed-door meeting, the committee agreed to summon Bibic to appear on April 11 to answer questions and discuss the cuts.

When a witness declines an invitation to appear, a committee may issue a summons to compel their attendance.

Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Bell Media, announced in February it was cutting its workforce by 4,800 positions, including ending multiple television newscasts and selling off 45 of its 103 radio stations.

The company blamed the cuts on the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, saying Ottawa took too long to provide relief to media companies in crisis.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 25, 2024.

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