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. I’m kinda happy to see them shutting it down. Hopefully all the yuppie losers(kevin, sarah, yoshi, etc.) will have to get a real job for once in there lives….who am i kidding, they will be sitting in front of some computer in an air conditioned office doing nothing accept putting more money in there pockets. useless lives if you ask me.

  2. this sucks i am in Australia foxtel our paytv provider has only just got the techtv channel and i think it is the best channel and what i have read this new gay4 channel is not much chop

  3. this sucks i am in Australia foxtel our paytv provider has only just got the techtv channel and i think it is the best channel and what i have read this new gay4 channel is not much chop

  4. I believe that if the programming lineup ends up looking more like G4 than TechTV, there will be a great opportunity for a new channel to fill the void. G4 has already proven a gaming slanted channel doesn’t work.

  5. no way i will not let it be,no no no,the fantastic show of techtv must go on.
    it’s stupid move by the g4,let us stop it TECHTV must live for all.

  6. this sucks i am in Australia foxtel our paytv provider has only just got the techtv channel and i think it is the best channel and what i have read this new gay4 channel is not much chop

  7. I’m kinda happy to see them shutting it down. Hopefully all the yuppie losers(kevin, sarah, yoshi, etc.) will have to get a real job for once in there lives….who am i kidding, they will be sitting in front of some computer in an air conditioned office doing nothing accept putting more money in there pockets. useless lives if you ask me.

  8. Welcome to corporate America fellows. As much as I love Leo and the original cast of Tech TV… to hell with the station.
    3+ Years ago, Cox cable yanked Tech TV and moved the station to digital to force people to buy Digital Cable.

  9. this sucks i am in Australia foxtel our paytv provider has only just got the techtv channel and i think it is the best channel and what i have read this new gay4 channel is not much chop

  10. Welcome to corporate America fellows. As much as I love Leo and the original cast of Tech TV… to hell with the station.
    3+ Years ago, Cox cable yanked Tech TV and moved the station to digital to force people to buy Digital Cable.

  11. You people obviously do not read the posts and just blindly rant with no base to your anger. Please pay attention.

  12. The only reason I have digital cable is to watch Tech TV. I will never watch G4 now! They killed Tech TV! Those Bastards!

  13. This is a very sad announcement. What the sam hell are they smoking!!! Only some brain dead, dope smoking asskissing idiot would do this! This isn’t some exagerated statement, this is FACT. My prayers are with all the TechTV staff members that they are retained, or find even better work. I have learned so much from all of them. May God Bless.

  14. Morgan..don’t leave me!!!! Anyone know if Leo is going to apply? I’d read all the posts but its like 90 degress in my room and I may pas out.

  15. Just lost my C-Band feed Friday. I’ve been watching since ZDTV. Leo, any chance you’ll start up a new tech channel in the Bay Area? If you do, think you might include a C-Band feed? You’re the king of tech (period!)

  16. Welcome to corporate America fellows. As much as I love Leo and the original cast of Tech TV… to hell with the station.
    3+ Years ago, Cox cable yanked Tech TV and moved the station to digital to force people to buy Digital Cable.

  17. This move by Comcast re-energizes the idea that there should be a internet TV station run by grass-root folk that everyone with minimal broadband could watch and get the latest tech news similar to what TechTV
    was doing,especially Screen Savers and Techlive. Maybe Leo should start this up in the Bay area.

  18. I hope they realize that a lot of people watch TechTV because they love the hosts almost more than the actual shows. If all those wonderful faces leave, so will a lot of viewers.

  19. Wow, this is beyond bad judgement on the part of Comcast. Leo, Patrick, Kevin, Adam, and the rest of the crew, you will be sorely missed if they don’t hire you guys back. And as a long time fan, my once favorite channel will be no more if they don’t, because I will refuse to watch it.

  20. After reading the press release at G4tv.com it appears that TechTv will be available on Dish and Direct.
    But Comcast, listen very carefully. You won’t gain any viewers if you let any of the cast go. Geeks Unite!

  21. Good Luck to the TECHTV Crew. I want to say I’m sorry to see the best tv channel go. I would have thought with change over the years things would have got better for TechTV. I’m glad that Disney did not jump on there offer, i just imagine what would have happen there too. I WANT MY TECHTV!

  22. This blows. You guys are SOOO much better than G4. G4 is so horrible…that channel is complete garbage. Evil Comcrap!!!
    I wish the best for everyone that was fired.
    PS: saw people on the message boards for Adult Swim talking about this too (that’s how I found out about it)

  23. Hey Leo,
    You and the rest of the gang will be sorely missed. The neighborhood just won’t be the same without TechTV.
    Chip
    San Francisco

  24. After reading the press release at G4tv.com it appears that TechTv will be available on Dish and Direct.
    But Comcast, listen very carefully. You won’t gain any viewers if you let any of the cast go. Geeks Unite!

  25. There are only 80 jobs. They will let TechTv people apply for them first. After five days they will open the listings to the public. Who would want to work for these guys?

  26. Leo,
    I just sent a polite but firm letter of complaint to:
    Mr. Vinnie Longobardo
    G4 Media, LLC
    12312 West Olympic Blvd.
    West Los Angeles, CA 90064
    Are there others who should receive copies? Please advise.

  27. well this blows!!!!!
    i cant believe that G4 can be this dumb. isn’t it better for them to leave the on air talent and keep the TTV viewers “happy”? instead the fire everyone. i truly don’t think that is sound business thinking. lets just see how bad the channel becomes now.
    my best wishes to all the TTV members in finding a new work.

  28. My favorite shows (TSS, Call For Help, X-Play and Unscrewed) shall be avenged! I shall go and kick G4 members in the nuts for this!

  29. This sucks. I really hope G4 put the screen savers, call for help, and xplay on their schedule. They better not mess this up. I am pissed right now.

  30. Well , there goes my favorite channel and the best shows on tv.
    Good luck to you guys in the future and let G4 go under quickly.

  31. this is no good at all (not that I really need to say it). I’m not sure how they cane even do this with your affiliation with “cable in the classroom.”

  32. Why Why?!!
    I love the Screen Savers and the Call for help and also Xplay and Unscrewed those are all the best shows, let’s not forget Gear. Leo Hopefully you would stil be a HOST In Techtv.

  33. Leo, I cut my techno-teeth watching you back in the neandrathal ninties, man. This truly blows huge chunks. Please say you’ve got another gig lined up that will realign the techno-entertainment universe and smite the evil pin-headed lap-dogs of mediocrity (or at least render them flaccid & toothless!)! I won’t say goodbye, I’ll say À tout à l’heure!

  34. Well for some of us TechTV is already gone. Their C band satellite transponder (C4/12) has gone dark. I don’t think G4 realizes yet just how big of a mistake they’ve made. TechTV may have had some financial troubles but you can’t cure them by pissing off the entire viewing audience.
    >>>Mike

  35. Everyone is hoping that Comcast rehires the TechTV staff, but I’m hoping that the TechTV staff is smart enough to go find other work. Why work for a company that trashed your network?
    The ideal would be for the TechTV staff to link up with someone that is willing to start up a new TechTV channel. Stay away from Comcast and G4!

  36. Hey, I’m one of the newly laid-off TechTV people, and I just wanted to say how cool it is to see all the support out there for what the channel’s been doing. Amazing.

  37. Dude that sucks so bad that tech tv is shutung down i love tech tv i guess all i can say is good luck to you guys in the future i wouldnt be as smart as i am right now if it wasnt for you guys thanks ALOT

  38. Man this bites, i love tech tv and tss. man good luck leo for the future. you should start your own network, have all your fans send donations to fund it that’d be awesome.

  39. Would you be willing to pay $25/month to download a 45 minute commercial free version of CFH or TSS every weekday? If enough people subscribed, it could pay the salaries of those we’ve come to love and we’d get a better product.

  40. I wish you all the best, Leo, and the rest of the techtv men and women. Damnit, I only got tech tv on my cable here in Australia a week ago and already love it.

  41. Does anyone know how to contact G4 or Comcast to tell them how much this sucks? My wife and I watch TTV all the time. How can they do this??? You folks have been the most reliable source for computer and electronic news around. Do you really think comcast is going to promote “dark tips”????

  42. aww dang, this was one of the few channels i actually watched.
    i stared watching when it was ZDTV too.
    best wishes to everyone.

  43. I’ve been a TSS fan for years. I’m sure it will continue on G4, as the station won’t want to get rid of TTV’s most popular show. I hope I’m right about this…..

  44. Shit! There’s the Killer Bs!!
    Who’s a goofball, eh?
    I’ll keep rolling these out until the judiciary sends someone to beat on my door….while I slide out a back window.

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