After Criticizing Station's Flood Coverage, Dave Rutherford Exits CHQR-A/Calgary
June 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM (PT)
CORUS Talk CHQR-A (NEWS TALK 770)/CALGARY host DAVE RUTHERFORD has exited the station earlier than his originally-planed JULY 26th departure after criticizing CORUS for its coverage of the CALGARY floods.
CTV reports that on MONDAY's show, RUTHERFORD said that "it is with profound disappointment that I have to tell you that CORUS in CALGARY has decided to direct resources in places other than information radio. For those of you listening right now in the city of CALGARY right now on CORUS, and I don’t know how many of you there are, because over the past four days you’ve been relying on information coming through 630CHED (CORUS' EDMONTON Talk station, which also aired RUTHERFORD's show) to bring you up to date on an emerging situation right around you. So I would completely understand if you went elsewhere for your information. Profoundly disappointed in CORUS, which the CORUS management decided to channel their resources that they had to the music stations to get the music stations continuing to play the music. And the resources were not directed at doing everything it seems to me possible to get information on an information radio station.
"That’s an opinion, and I’ve been told categorically by management at CORUS that my opinion is not being sought. My advice is not being sought and it is not welcome. So that’s fine. CORUS management runs the radio stations they can make their decisions. It’s unfortunate the decisions ended up the way they are. And so for the forseeable future, you people in CALGARY will be listening to a feed from 630CHED in EDMONTON. And I just want to tell you: the people at both radio stations have made a tremendous commitment to get information to you. They are in a no-win situation. The people working at the radio stations are professionals. They want to get the information out. 630CHED is in a difficult position. They have to provide information to Edmontonians about EDMONTON matters. Things that matter to them: traffic, other infrastructure issues. All kinds of civic issues. But they’re going to have to water down their broadcast to provide something to try to keep Calgarians up to date a little bit. Is has been inadequate, it’s been disappointing, and quite frankly I’m… well, I’ll couch my language a little bit. I’m just very upset about it. Professionally and personally. And there are other ways I think information could have been broadcast on 770 but it was not."
ROB BREAKENRIDGE was on the air TUESDAY in place of RUTHERFORD, who tweeted, “I have just been taken off the air on CORUS radio. Message: don’t criticize management.”