TORONTO — Rogers Media Inc. said Thursday it’s cutting 110 jobs from its television operations, mainly at its Omni multicultural stations, as it replaces traditional newscasts with interactive current affairs shows.The subsidiary of Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) said it will no longer produce Omni newscasts starting on Monday, laying off production staff and reporters.The changes come as the broadcaster shakes up its programming across Omni stations in an effort to merge the multicultural brand’s operations with its City stations.Omni currently airs local news in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin and Punjabi.Bell Media’s CraveTV and Rogers/Shaw’s Shomi now available on Apple TVRogers Communications Inc to introduce international data roaming plan in Europe for $10 a dayRogers Communications Inc says Keith Pelley will leave role as head of its media divisionUnder the new programming, Omni will launch interactive current affairs shows that will broadcast in Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi.The Italian newscast is being scrapped entirely and replaced with popular novella “Raccontami,” an import from Italy.Omni newscasts had production costs of about $9 million last year and brought in $3.9 million of advertising revenue, said Colette Watson, vice-president of television and operations at Rogers.“The math didn’t work,” she said.“It’s the magic of every television executive. You need to find the show that will resonate with audiences, so this is what we’re doing.”The new shows will have a stronger focus on community stories, rather than news from overseas, Watson said.As part of the changes, Rogers will scrap its Edmonton edition of “Breakfast Television” on City, and launch a new show called “Dinner Television” in the evening, hosted by NHL veteran Jason Strudwick.
“This is my surprised face.” Pic: Michael Sohn/AP/Press Association ImagesSHE’S ONE OF the world’s most famous women, and she also has a pretty hefty bank balance.Madonna has been named as number one on Forbes’ list of highest-paid musicians, having earned $125 million in the past year.Just behind Madge is Lady Gaga, who earned a not insubstantial $80 million this year – her tour grossed $168 million, even though it had to be cancelled due to a hip injury.“Money is art, darling.” Pic: PBG/PBG/Empics EntertainmentEarning a cool $79 million in 2013 put Bon Jovi in third place, proving that, like Madonna, it’s not just the young bucks raking in the cash.The band’s tour grossed over $3 million per city. Not too shabby.“We earned HOW much?” Pic: tlf/AFF-USA.com/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentNo, we don’t have a clue who Toby Keith is either, but that’s possibly because we’re not big country buffs.This cowboy-hatted crooner pulled in $65 million this year. Yee haw!“Just standing here holding my invisible bag of cash.” Pic: E.M/AFF/EMPICS EntertainmentColdplay earned $64 million in 2013, meaning frontman Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow can now enjoy even more organic kale juice and wholesome goop. Peace out.“Never eating a bran muffin before going onstage ever again.” Pic: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesFor the full list, visit the Forbes website. Read: Beautiful Payday as Bono set for multi-million dollar windfall from magazine sale>