Edmonton Sports Journalist Terry Jones Suddenly Fired After 50 Years


Jones, born in 1948 in Lacombe, is known for having covered 20 Super Bowls, and a Canadian record 16 Olympics, as well as countless Edmonton Oilers games, Grey Cups, and various other sporting events across the country. He didn't expect his journalist career to end as suddenly as it did.


But a shock phone call seemingly ended his journalism career, at least for the time being.


“My last scoop,” Terry Jones tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. “At 1 p.m. today, after beginning my career at The Edmonton Journal in 1967 I received a phone call from Toronto informing me my position had been eliminated by Post Media. Thank you all so much for reading. Hardly the way I hoped it would end. -30-.”


His fellow writers immediately took to expressing their support.


"Been a pleasure Jonesy. Wish you all the best, and I'm sorry it ended in this fashion. What a great run it was," wrote Ryan Rishaug of TSN Edmonton.


Darren Dreger, also of TSN, wrote "Your bio says it all, Jonesy. Story telling isn’t what it once was and won’t be the same on a beat you covered so well for many years. All the best."


Dan Tencer wrote "If you could dream of a career in the media - and you dreamed big...really, really big...you wouldn't dream of a career this good. Hell of a run, Jonesy. Been everywhere, saw it all. Sorry to hear 5+ decades only warranted a phone call."

The Edmonton Elks twitter page also responded, noting "From Clarke Stadium to Commonwealth Stadium and so many Grey Cups… Thanks for all the years showcasing the Double E. You were passionate, & pointed sometimes, but we always appreciated the coverage."


Jones followed up with another tweet, writing "Thank you so much for all the responses to my "last scoop" today. It helps. It really helps. Just gutted."



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