Thanks to the Harper government’s decision to cut $115 million in funding over the next three years, the CBC has just announced that it will cut 475 jobs this year, growing to 650 over the full three years.

It has also applied to the CRTC to allow advertising on Radio 2 and its French-language ounterpart, Espace musique.

In making the announcement, CBC CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said the government funding cuts, inflation and other costs put the real need for revenue over the next three years at $200 million.

“We expect to be able to offset that with $50 million in new revenues, which leaves us with about $150 million to account for by way of reductions and operating improvements,” Lacroix stated in a new release.

All the details, as laid out by Lacroix, can be found here.

Lacroix insists that the budget cuts don’t mean that the CBC will try to do more with fewer people. Instead, as the details show, the broadcaster will do less with fewer people.

Music lovers of all stripes will feel the difference in a reduction in the number of concerts the CBC records for radio broadcasts.

The cuts also probably preclude any expansion or improvements in the new online channels the CBC launched in the new year.

John Terauds

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3 Responses to CBC announces cuts to 650 jobs, need to advertise on Radio 2 and Espace Musique, in face of Harper budget cuts

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you for writing about this. I hope there will be more discussion of what the “Harper government” is doing to our arts and culture, our media and news reporting agencies, our environment and our social safety net. I’m afraid this budget is yet another move on its continued path to take down much of what our society had worked so hard to build over the past 50 – 60 years. Please do keep informing us with updates on the CBC, amongst other things, and thank you again !

  2. I’m greatly distressed by the idea of CBC generating revenue through advertising in radio programming, and sincerely hope the CRTC rejects this application. Generating revenue through advertising creates a strong incentive to attract greater numbers of listeners. It encourages programming that avoids risk, and favours programming that panders to the public’s taste over programming that seeks to expand the public’s interests and knowledge.

    Regulations against commercial advertising on CBC do not exist simply for the increased enjoyment of listeners, but rather to preserve the independence of public broadcasting from commercial interests. The CBC needs that independence in order to be of genuine public value. This means it also needs adequate public financial support to sustain its operations. If the Government of Canada feels that the CBC is not providing a service of significant benefit to Canadians, perhaps it should ask why and try to fix the problem, instead of starving the organization and setting it up for future failure.

  3. Karen says:

    Great comment from Michael Macaulay – I enjoyed reading it. Just a quick comment : the “Government of Canada” is the neoconservatives and its decisions are ideologically driven. As to “significant benefit to Canadians”, it is not as neutral of a term as one might wish it to be…benefit to which Canadians, which sector of society are the neoconservatives largely interested in benefiting ? etc. etc.etc…