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By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

CBC To Lay Off 20% Of Workforce By 2020
CBC_Radio-CanadaThe CBC will trim its staff by 20% in the next five years. The cuts will include sharp reductions during the next year as it segues to a mobile-first strategy aimed at cutting costs. The plan calls for cutting 1,000-1,500 job cuts by 2020, scaling back some local evening newscasts from 90 minutes to 30, and shifting more resources from TV and radio to web broadcasting. The Canadian pubcaster’s President and CEO, Hubert Lacroix, announced the layoffs Thursday during a heated town hall with employees in Toronto. Read More »

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Canada’s CBC To Axe Hundreds Of Jobs By July

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 5:50pm PDT

Canada’s CBC Public Broadcasting announced today that 256 jobs, overseas news bureaus, and programs on both its TV and Radio services, would be lost due to government cutbacks and budget shortfalls. At the same time it is looking for a new chairperson for its Board of Directors. Though the gig is only part time and pays a mere $17,000 a year. CBC Board chair Timothy Casgrain’s five-year term is up. Five of the 12-member CBC board, including CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix, are up for renewal this year. Appointed by the current government in 2008, Lacroix’s present term is set to expire in December 2012.

The layoffs will take place this spring and summer. In the English Services portion of the bilingual company, 215 full time jobs will be cut by July 31st, with the remaining 51 to come in the next two years. In the Radio-Canada French portion of the company, 153 jobs are being slashed by this summer. In corporate CBC, 105 jobs will be lost. That’s a total of 473 jobs gone by the end of July. An additional 177 jobs are to be pink- slipped by 2015 to meet the Canadian government’s $115 million CBC budget cuts announced on March 29th. The cuts are part of the CBC’s efforts to find $200 million in budget savings, plus another $25 million for severances and other one-time costs to overset the … Read More »

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Canadian Govt Slashes CBC & NFB Funding; Layoffs Expected

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 6:55pm PDT

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) and the National Film Board of Canada are going to have to make do with 10% less. That’s the amount Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s budget cut Tuesday from the public broadcaster and the documentary agency. The CBC will lose $115 million, in Canadian dollars, from the $1.1 billion it currently receives from the Canadian government. Telefilm Canada will also see a 10% reduction in its budget.

The initial CBC cuts will take place over two years, with $27.8 million lost in 2012-2013 and then $69.9 million in 2013-2014. After 2014, $115 million will come out the broadcaster’s annual taxpayer subsidy. Government funding currently makes up 60% of the CBC’s overall revenue.

The NFB will lose $6.7 million a year until 2015. Telefilm Canada will lose $10.6 million.

While he made no reference to the CBC or NFB cuts in his budget speech, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty did say that, in aiming for a balanced budget by 2016, “we will implement moderate restraint in government spending.” The government is cutting $5.2 billion annually overall from its current expenditures of $276.1 billion.
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