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Global laying off 200 across Canada

Global Television is cutting 200 jobs across Canada as it develops new 'state of the art' broadcast centres in four cities, CanWest announced on Thursday.

Global Television is cutting 200 jobs across Canada as it develops new "state of the art" broadcast centresin four cities, CanWest announced on Thursday.

CanWest's 200 layoffs announced Thursday, including positions at Global TV in Halifax, come as a "complete surprise," a union leader says. ((Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press))
The company said the centres, to be located in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, willuse the latest in broadcast technology. It will also meanlocal news programs can immediately begin the transition to high definition, CanWest MediaWorks Inc. said.

Although CanWest is adding 50 positions as part of the process, it willlose 250 jobs, meaninga net loss of 200.

Across the Maritimes, 30 positions in Halifax and 11 in New Brunswick are being cut.

Network employees in Halifaxsaid they were shocked by the news.

"It came as a complete surprise. There was no warning," said Paul Saulnier, a union leader withthe Communications, Energy and Paperworkersand a technical director who's losing his job.

The layoffs take effect next spring around the time the first centre is planned to be opened in Vancouver. The other three are expected to be operational over the next 18 months.

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