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BREAKING: Bell Media Ignites Fury, Cancels TSN 1040 & Other Sports Radio Stations

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The abrupt announcement came just after 9:00 am on Tuesday morning.

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Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens skates while wearing a helmet with the Bell advertising sticker and a Hockey Talks decal to support mental health issues during the third period at the Bell Centre on January 28, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2.
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It’s an incredibly sad day for the sports market in Vancouver.

TSN 1040’s Halford and Brough show was abruptly cut off just after 9:00 am on Tuesday morning, followed by the message that there was going to be an announcement about the future of the station at 9:30 am.

Shortly after the announcement, the news was leaked on Twitter.

Then, at 9:30 am, the news became official.

“As of today, CKST will no longer be a sports radio station,” the recorded voice memo said on air.

“We want to thank our on-air personalities, advertising partners and everybody who has contributed to this station.

“Our work here at TSN 1040 was driven by our passion to bring you the very best news, sports and discussion.”

“The new format of the station will be launched this Friday at 7:00 am.”

The station then cut to Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of your Life)” after the announcement.

...Really?

Reports suggest that employees had 30 minutes to collect their valuables and personal items before corporate security began a “shutdown process.”

Oh, and when Bell cites financial difficulties, remember this.

The CKST radio station has been in existence since 1963, and it’s been a sports radio station in Vancouver since February 1st, 2001 under the name “TEAM 1040.”

Bell Media and TSN then purchased the radio station in 2009, and the station officially changed to TSN 1040 in 2014.

TSN 1150 in Hamilton and TSN 1290 were also shut down today. All three stations will reportedly be replaced by some kind of Comedy channel.

Here are some other reactions from around the hockey world following the shocking announcement.