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Ticketmaster axing 70 Winnipeg jobs

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Ticketmaster is laying off 70 staff in Winnipeg because of the growing number of people who are ordering tickets over the Internet rather than over the phone, the company said.

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Ticketmaster is laying off 70 staff in Winnipeg because of the growing number of people who are ordering tickets over the Internet rather than over the phone, the company said.

About 70 Ticketmaster employees in Winnipeg are losing their jobs at the end of September.

The company, which sells tickets to concerts and other events, said the laid off workers are part-time employees who take phone orders from customers. It said their jobs are being eliminated because of the growing number of people who are ordering tickets over the Internet rather than over the phone.

The affected employees were given their 10 weeks notice this morning, and can apply for other positions within the company. Those who can’t find jobs elsewhere within Ticketmaster’s operations will be provided with outplacement services, the company said.

Ticketmaster has eight other offices in Canada. The company didn’t say if phone-sales positions were being eliminated in any of its other offices.

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