CBC cuts will affect programming now, and up to 1,500 staff by 2020

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The CBC announced cuts to supper-hour newscasts and in-house production in order to shift its focus from radio and television to digital and mobile services.

On Thursday, the CBC reported that the broadcaster's President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said, "You're going to see an investment in mobility that's going to rise as the investment in perhaps television ... is reduced."

CBC also reported that it plans to have 1,000 to 1,500 fewer employees by 2020. However, it added that a portion of that number would be achieved through retirements and attrition.

In the CBC's report titled "A Space For Us All," it noted that the strategy would reduce fixed costs. It states, "We will be smaller in size but more effective and more focused." The report also noted that it would be focusing on content rather than infrastructure by reducing its real estate.

CBC also reported on its website that the broadcaster would not close any of its stations, but will cut most 90-minute evening television newscast to either 30 or 60 minutes. It also noted that the CBC's proposed reductions to in-house production will exclude news current affairs and radio and will lead to the production of fewer documentaries.

CBC personalities including Peter Mansbridge, David Suzuki and Linden MacIntyre have spoken out against cuts to documentaries. 

 

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Miriam Katawazi is a fourth-year journalism and human rights student at Carleton University and rabble's news intern. She has a strong passion for human rights and social justice in Canada and across the world. Her writing focuses on health, labour, education and human rights beats. 

 

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