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CBC announces regional cuts in local news

The CBC is cutting 244 jobs, including 144 from English language services, while planning to add positions in digital.

From CBC.ca (“CBC sheds more than 140 jobs in local news“)

In making the announcement on Thursday, CBC News general manager and editor in chief Jennifer McGuire said the public broadcaster plans to improve content on the internet and mobile platforms by adding 80 jobs.

“Where we’re going with our local services is really prioritizing towards digital,” said McGuire. “That’s in recognition of where the audience is going – they’re migrating to digital, as we know in the news business.” …

Here are the reductions, by province:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 7
  • Nova Scotia: 11
  • Prince Edward Island: 2
  • New Brunswick: 4
  • Quebec: 9
  • Ontario: 30
  • Manitoba: 3
  • Saskatchewan: 11
  • Alberta: 37
  • British Columbia: 25
  • Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: 5

The cuts are part of a strategic plan called 2020 Plan that would see up to 1,500 jobs shed by 2020, the result of declining advertising and government subsidies.

The corporation said that in order to shift its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, it would be undertaking a number of changes, including shortening all of its local supper-hour newscasts beginning in the fall of 2015 and reducing the number of in-house productions.

Thu, March 26 2015 » Main Page, Media