Baedeker, Kotulak among 20 victims of TVG staff reduction
On-air hosts Bob Baedeker and Chris Kotulak are among about 20 employees of TVG terminated in a “restructuring” by the horse racing network owned by British-based Betfair. Employees were notified on Wednesday that their positions were being eliminated.
“We are restructuring segments of company operations, including streamlining some production roles and automating some sections of the network,” said Stephen Burn, CEO of Betfair TVG. “One result of this is the elimination of approximately 20 positions from TVG's workforce.
“Any job losses are regrettable, particularly those involving people who have given many years of loyal service,” he added. “We will continue to invest in our business and are committed to delivering the high quality programming and service our customers have come to expect.”
Baedeker, whose family is well-known in Southern California racing circles (his father, Bud, was a longtime handicapper and publisher of Baedeker's Guide, a popular tipsheet, and his brother Rick was an executive at Hollywood Park and other racing organizations), was with TVG for about nine years.
Kotulak, a former track announcer in Nebraska, Louisiana and California, joined the racing network in 2003.
TVG operates an advance deposit wagering network in addition to its racing channel.