Comcast Fires TechTV Staff

I‘ve just learned that G4 has fired the entire staff of TechTV.
Per the WARN Act (governing plant closings) all the employees of TechTV have been given 60 days notice. The San Francisco operation will be shuttered by July. 100 of the existing jobs will be posted for those willing to relocate to LA.

Outgoing COO, Joe Gillespie will say good-bye to the troops tomorrow. Incoming CEO Charles Hirschorn will say hello (and good-bye) on Monday.

No word on which shows G4 will keep or which hosts will be kept on.

661 Replies to “Comcast Fires TechTV Staff”

  1. TechTV has been some of the only TV that I’ve watched over the past 3 or so years. I’ve loved it both for its useful knowledge and its extremely charismatic cast. Good luck to all.

  2. No more Screensavers?! No more X-Play?! No MORE TECHTV for me. Screw Comcast! Thank GOD they didn’t get their grubby hands on Disneyland, and screw everything up over there to!

  3. i really can’t believe that they would really pull all of the san fran. cast. sure budget cuts happen, but there is a certain value in the cast, itself. just look at the recent playboy.com thing about the Girls of TechTV. the cast is integrated into the channel just like the programming. there must be some sort of petition online to let the comcast people know that us computer geeks are their demographic, and we like that cast.

  4. Leo– Changes: “The only people that likes change are babies with wet diaper.” Who Moved My Cheese? This BS is part of daily routine. I work with students that have been kicked out of school and placed in my school. I teach science in an alternative school. In my humble opinion, I have seen how my students have struggled through the process. Bottom line, The newly transferred “Principal of Comcast” has expelled the TOP 10% of this new School. This is paramount to cancelling the entire athletic program and expelling the entire National Honor Society of his new school….The community would and should raise He!!

  5. LEO -you and all the staff -Call for Help and Screensavers were like family.
    Your wit,humor and knowledge made TechTV a quality and content rich source,
    that inspired me to go back to school and work towards my A+ certification
    and I wouldn’t have been able to understand alot of concepts without your
    input. It’s a sad day to learn of the death of TechTV and in my one opinion
    Comcast made the “BLUNDER” of the century–
    Hopefully we the community that enjoyed you and the rest of the staff
    Pat,Kevin ,Shara ,Yoshi FooFoo and Cat “Will continue to live on the Web”
    Signed Michael Dorn

  6. LEO -you and all the staff -Call for Help and Screensavers were like family.
    Your wit,humor and knowledge made TechTV a quality and content rich source,
    that inspired me to go back to school and work towards my A+ certification
    and I wouldn’t have been able to understand alot of concepts without your
    input. It’s a sad day to learn of the death of TechTV and in my one opinion
    Comcast made the “BLUNDER” of the century–
    Hopefully we the community that enjoyed you and the rest of the staff
    Pat,Kevin ,Shara ,Yoshi FooFoo and Cat “Will continue to live on the Web”
    Signed Michael Dorn

  7. LEO -you and all the staff -Call for Help and Screensavers were like family.
    Your wit,humor and knowledge made TechTV a quality and content rich source,
    that inspired me to go back to school and work towards my A+ certification
    and I wouldn’t have been able to understand alot of concepts without your
    input. It’s a sad day to learn of the death of TechTV and in my one opinion
    Comcast made the “BLUNDER” of the century–
    Hopefully we the community that enjoyed you and the rest of the staff
    Pat,Kevin ,Shara ,Yoshi FooFoo and Cat “Will continue to live on the Web”
    Signed Michael Dorn

  8. although I think this deal to tech TV was raw,.. the best message we can send to G4 is that as soon as Leo & the rest of the original Tech TV staff put together a new show that we are going to DUMP G4 ! just as fast as they dumped the best show on TV… they just cut off thier nose to spite thier face and there is NO WAY the viewers are going to support G4$ we are just going to sit and wait because I am SO sure that CBS OR FOX is going to finally see that reality TV is killing them and they are going to grab Leo and bring back to TORCH for us ! I have to bet Kevin, Sarah, Patrick, and Leo are ALREADY negotiating with the big guys and G4 & comcast are going to be SO sorry they pulled this crap when its over and we will get a BETTER show
    ANLWhip

  9. Just went to new TechTv web page to find a tip I heard on last
    weeks (May 23) show. Jeez what a piece of crap! My first impression was that no one at TechTv had anything to do with it.
    My second was someone big at g4 hired their 13 year old kid to
    design the page. No that’s not fair, most 13 year olds could do
    better than that. And after clicking everything I could click I gave up. Poor, poor, poor design. They have known about this long enough to do better than that. The “proof is in the cow manure”.
    Go to the bottom of the page and click -About-. This explains it
    all. Us adults no longer have a station. Final thought, my Zone
    Alarm keep going off when I was paging through g4 sight. What’s a Web bug?

  10. Tech TV has been one of my favorite networks. The beauty of shows like The Screensavers and Call for Help has been the people. You’re not the slick game show host types, but people that others can relate to and are witty and just down to earth good folks that know what you are talking about. You have been a great help to me and in helping me set up the right technology in my real estate business, other businesses and at home. It is so sad that often companies do not realize the impact that good people, gifted individuals have to offer in the business equation. I will miss my tech family. I sincerely wish Leo and everyone else from TECH TV the best. I wish I was in the position to finance a network, the people’s tech tv network!
    Best wishes-Brian

  11. Tech TV has been one of my favorite networks. The beauty of shows like The Screensavers and Call for Help has been the people. You’re not the slick game show host types, but people that others can relate to and are witty and just down to earth good folks that know what you are talking about. You have been a great help to me and in helping me set up the right technology in my real estate business, other businesses and at home. It is so sad that often companies do not realize the impact that good people, gifted individuals have to offer in the business equation. I will miss my tech family. I sincerely wish Leo and everyone else from TECH TV the best. I wish I was in the position to finance a network, the people’s tech tv network!
    Best wishes-Brian

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