CBC cuts

To address their $171 million budget shortfall (total budget just north of $1 Billion), CBC has made a number of cuts.

From what I’m hearing, job losses will affect Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Québec City, Moncton, St John, Sydney, Corner Brook, Labrador, Gander, and Grand Falls.  Two one-person bureaus in La Ronge, SK and the Thompson, MB bureaus will close.

Television programming will be affected as CBC cancels Steven and Chris, and Fashion File and reduces budget for 22 minutes, Little Mosque on the Prairie, The Border, Being Erica, Living In…, Fifth Estate (20% budget cut), and Marketplace.

The state broadcaster has recently faced criticism from the Minister of Heritage concerning their American programming.  The network has committed a freeze on purchasing new US television programming.

CBC.ca is receiving more funding as more content as more audience goes online for content.  More bandwidth will be purchased for audio/video streaming and a focus will be placed on user-generated content.

CBC radio will cut The Inside Track, Out Front, In the Key of Charles, The Point, and The Signal (weekend edition).  The Current will have its budget reduced by 10%.

On the French language side, Téléjournal‘s show will go from 60 minutes to 30 minutes, Windsor morning programming will be replaced by Toronto content.  Saturday’s programming is also cut.  Ottawa’s noon news program will also be axed.

The cuts are focused more on television than radio.  CBC still will not sell advertising on radio although they are cutting 121 total jobs in that department.  In the Maritimes, 26 jobs are cut from CBC Radio.

CBC Sports will cut 313 jobs while CBC News (English) will cut 80 and will face a budget cut by $7 million.  The CBC will drop showing Toronto Blue Jays baseball, will reduce coverage of figure skating, soccer and world aquatics and will significantly reduce coverage of amateur sports.  Also, 20 communications jobs and 12 marketing have been cut.

More cuts will be announced soon as CEO Lacroix has deemed that the network will shrink by 800 jobs total (out of 10,200 total).

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  • Beer and Popcorn

    It's not enough.

    With only a handful of viewers and advertisers running like rats off of a sinking ship, it is clear that the CBC is not producing a product that is relevant to Canadians.

    It's time for a breath of fresh air and a new model to this tired, old relic.

    How about a commercial free, viewer-sponsored (either through donations or through private cable / satelite package) alternative who gets tax breaks from the government as a registered not-for-profit?

    I think this would better serve the Canadian taxpayer and ultimately the CBC viewer. It's not fair to charge us $1.1 BILLION dollars a year for something only a handful of Canadians are watching.

  • bob

    CBC has liquidated about 3 quarters of a billion in real estate in recent years. Did anyone ever report on the selling off of crouwn assets for CBC’s pleasure?

    It has invested in Sirius Satellite Canada, a direct to consumer distributor. Did any question the public broadcaster becoming a major shareholder in a private corporation?

    Now that it has run out of real estate to sell, it is time to sell the worthless stake in Sirius… and then sell all of the CBC!

  • bob

    CBC has liquidated about 3 quarters of a billion in real estate in recent years. Did anyone ever report on the selling off of crouwn assets for CBC’s pleasure?

    It has invested in Sirius Satellite Canada, a direct to consumer distributor. Did any question the public broadcaster becoming a major shareholder in a private corporation?

    Now that it has run out of real estate to sell, it is time to sell the worthless stake in Sirius… and then sell all of the CBC!

  • Bruce

    I’m gonna mith Thteefen and Crith

  • Bruce

    I’m gonna mith Thteefen and Crith

  • Ker

    Yep.

    Unfortunately, as has been pointed out on other blogs, the Conservative Party’s line is that it has provided the CBC with a record amount of funding while the Liberals cut funding to it by hundreds of millions of dollars while in power. The Conservatives are not heroes in this situation. Not providing additional funding was the very least it could have done, and their inability to take a harder line on this is indicative of apathy at best and cowardice at worst.

  • Ker

    Yep.

    Unfortunately, as has been pointed out on other blogs, the Conservative Party’s line is that it has provided the CBC with a record amount of funding while the Liberals cut funding to it by hundreds of millions of dollars while in power. The Conservatives are not heroes in this situation. Not providing additional funding was the very least it could have done, and their inability to take a harder line on this is indicative of apathy at best and cowardice at worst.

  • MaryT

    Didn’t you hear the cbc honcho telling us this pm that cbc viewership is way up and beats the ctv/global during prime time with its cdn programs against the US programming, and that has never happened before.
    And isn’t the 5th estate the program that has chased Brian for years re KS.
    Losing 800 jobs out of 10,200 is nothing, How many of those are contract workers, or actors etc.
    Bet not one anchor is gone or cut back. I was hoping to see Suzuki’s name banished, but no luck yet.
    Just think, a coalition govt would put the 400 million the libs cut, back into play. And how many jobs were shed under the libs, 4000. Hope they never come back. And, is Paplos question writer on the list to lose her job, he sure is upset lately in QP.

  • MaryT

    Didn’t you hear the cbc honcho telling us this pm that cbc viewership is way up and beats the ctv/global during prime time with its cdn programs against the US programming, and that has never happened before.
    And isn’t the 5th estate the program that has chased Brian for years re KS.
    Losing 800 jobs out of 10,200 is nothing, How many of those are contract workers, or actors etc.
    Bet not one anchor is gone or cut back. I was hoping to see Suzuki’s name banished, but no luck yet.
    Just think, a coalition govt would put the 400 million the libs cut, back into play. And how many jobs were shed under the libs, 4000. Hope they never come back. And, is Paplos question writer on the list to lose her job, he sure is upset lately in QP.

  • Anonymous

    Not only are the Canadian taxpayers on the hook. We in fact pay for the biggest Liberal Propaganda mouth piece.
    I watched their news for the first time again after I blocked them out for 20 years. The little liberal twist all still there. No wonder Mr. Iggy wants us to bail them out.

  • Anonymous

    Not only are the Canadian taxpayers on the hook. We in fact pay for the biggest Liberal Propaganda mouth piece.
    I watched their news for the first time again after I blocked them out for 20 years. The little liberal twist all still there. No wonder Mr. Iggy wants us to bail them out.

  • Josef

    Well, well Stephen you started this push for cuts with your leak :-).

    I don’t like the fact The Point is being cut – that’s where the CBC lets Tasha on once in a while.

    Perhaps the CBC is about to go…

  • Josef

    Well, well Stephen you started this push for cuts with your leak :-).

    I don’t like the fact The Point is being cut – that’s where the CBC lets Tasha on once in a while.

    Perhaps the CBC is about to go…

  • EM

    Show me stats that say ‘only a few people ‘ watch CBC.

    Just B&P bs.

  • EM

    Show me stats that say ‘only a few people ‘ watch CBC.

    Just B&P bs.

  • Ted

    The fact that CanWest is getting regulatory and financial assistance from the government raises serious questions about the credibility of this government.

  • Ted

    The fact that CanWest is getting regulatory and financial assistance from the government raises serious questions about the credibility of this government.

  • batb

    It’s about time.

    Cuts at the CBC should have happened years ago, seeing as the CEEB has been pulling on public monies. What ON EARTH was the CBC thinking by hiring over 10,000 employees — except, of course, that the salaries and benefits packages were coming from the bottomless pocket (‘hardly) of Canadian taxpayers? Colossal arrogance and fiscal irresponsibility are major reasons why the CBC has found itself dealing with a $171 million budget shortfall.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his CPC government are not being either partisan or heartless because they are insisting that the CBC be fiscally accountable. In this economic downturn, a great many Canadians are dealing with financial hardship and can hardly be expected to shell out MORE funds to keep current programs at the CBC afloat.

    I AM sorry to see In the Key of Charles being chopped. I only listened to this program when I was sick and not at church, and really enjoyed it. I’m also sorry to see that the bloated Toronto CBC is being kept intact, while its smaller affiliates are taking the brunt of the downsizing. I suppose it’s inevitable, but, surely, inflated salaries and benefit packages of Toronto execs and on-camera personnel need to be re-evaluated. For instance, how much is I’m-Peter-Mansbridge-and-You’re-Not making? Would it be possible for CBC dinosaurs to step aside to give younger journalists a chance at a career — and, at a lower cost to the taxpayer?

    I don’t know. 800 jobs lost out of 10,200 doesn’t sound like enough …

  • batb

    It’s about time.

    Cuts at the CBC should have happened years ago, seeing as the CEEB has been pulling on public monies. What ON EARTH was the CBC thinking by hiring over 10,000 employees — except, of course, that the salaries and benefits packages were coming from the bottomless pocket (‘hardly) of Canadian taxpayers? Colossal arrogance and fiscal irresponsibility are major reasons why the CBC has found itself dealing with a $171 million budget shortfall.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his CPC government are not being either partisan or heartless because they are insisting that the CBC be fiscally accountable. In this economic downturn, a great many Canadians are dealing with financial hardship and can hardly be expected to shell out MORE funds to keep current programs at the CBC afloat.

    I AM sorry to see In the Key of Charles being chopped. I only listened to this program when I was sick and not at church, and really enjoyed it. I’m also sorry to see that the bloated Toronto CBC is being kept intact, while its smaller affiliates are taking the brunt of the downsizing. I suppose it’s inevitable, but, surely, inflated salaries and benefit packages of Toronto execs and on-camera personnel need to be re-evaluated. For instance, how much is I’m-Peter-Mansbridge-and-You’re-Not making? Would it be possible for CBC dinosaurs to step aside to give younger journalists a chance at a career — and, at a lower cost to the taxpayer?

    I don’t know. 800 jobs lost out of 10,200 doesn’t sound like enough …

  • gar

    i am so tired of watching the bias against the Conservatives on Politics and other news shows on the CBC. since duff left CTV they have not found a suitable replacement who do the real tough interviews so the CBC have Newman and the left wing bunch in the drivers seat.It is so obvious that all these people have their noses out of joint because they have no free luncheons on the taxpayer since we got rid of the Liberals. They have been given far too much money by the taxpayers for the crap they produce.

  • gar

    i am so tired of watching the bias against the Conservatives on Politics and other news shows on the CBC. since duff left CTV they have not found a suitable replacement who do the real tough interviews so the CBC have Newman and the left wing bunch in the drivers seat.It is so obvious that all these people have their noses out of joint because they have no free luncheons on the taxpayer since we got rid of the Liberals. They have been given far too much money by the taxpayers for the crap they produce.

  • Quotes

    This is quite an eye opener, thanks for posting.

  • Jen

    Ratings speaks volumes, and I don’t think CBC has a clue how to run a business let’s say, they need not have to worry because no matter how bad the shows are and the ratings are down they knew that they will be getting money from the public.
    Others stations that are not as fortunate as CBC when it comes to taxpayers dollars have to rely on adverstisements and good ratings to keep afloat.

    However, in the News section, that is where the ratings are dropping in all stations. The same gloom and doom is constantly been broadcast and not to mention the constant insults on the prime minister.
    There is no reason to cut basball or footfall those are summer sports which I think many canadians watch.

  • Jen

    Ratings speaks volumes, and I don’t think CBC has a clue how to run a business let’s say, they need not have to worry because no matter how bad the shows are and the ratings are down they knew that they will be getting money from the public.
    Others stations that are not as fortunate as CBC when it comes to taxpayers dollars have to rely on adverstisements and good ratings to keep afloat.

    However, in the News section, that is where the ratings are dropping in all stations. The same gloom and doom is constantly been broadcast and not to mention the constant insults on the prime minister.
    There is no reason to cut basball or footfall those are summer sports which I think many canadians watch.

  • Medela

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  • Jen

    CBC saving grace is the liberal party and they know that, make a few cuts here and there sound dramatic hear their loved ones(libs) scream for them(cbc). And when the liberals return well, guess what ,CBC will be restore to their entitlement by the libs making DRASTIC CUTS to everything then to raise taxes and as usual the corruption continues.

  • Jen

    CBC saving grace is the liberal party and they know that, make a few cuts here and there sound dramatic hear their loved ones(libs) scream for them(cbc). And when the liberals return well, guess what ,CBC will be restore to their entitlement by the libs making DRASTIC CUTS to everything then to raise taxes and as usual the corruption continues.

  • Righto

    Left wing journo exposes that even BC Liberals are as corrupt as their federal counterparts…and its former CTF people doing it!
    http://www.straight.com/article-210181/victor-v

  • Beer and Popcorn

    http://www.bbm.ca/en/nat03092009.pdf

    EM – no shows in the top 20 for the latest results for the week of March 9-15 for the CBC – and Hockey Night in Canada their most popular show (which could be broadcast on any station).

    They have a 7.8 Percentage prime-time audience share for CBC Television in 2007-08. So, if we round this up to 8% and assume that 50% of Canadians watch TV in prime time (16.5 MM) – we are paying $1.1 BILLION dollars for something that 1.3 million Canadians (at most) actually watch.

    1.3 million of 33 million Canadians? This is what I mean my a handful, at best.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    http://www.bbm.ca/en/nat03092009.pdf

    EM – no shows in the top 20 for the latest results for the week of March 9-15 for the CBC – and Hockey Night in Canada their most popular show (which could be broadcast on any station).

    They have a 7.8 Percentage prime-time audience share for CBC Television in 2007-08. So, if we round this up to 8% and assume that 50% of Canadians watch TV in prime time (16.5 MM) – we are paying $1.1 BILLION dollars for something that 1.3 million Canadians (at most) actually watch.

    1.3 million of 33 million Canadians? This is what I mean my a handful, at best.