CBC Cuts

I have been reading the disheartening news from the CBC with an increasingly sinking heart. I really fear for the future of the CBC but for radio in particular. I am biased here as I used to work there and believe strongly in the work the network does. Someday I’d like to go back.
This comes at a terrible time for CBC radio. After years of chasing after a shrinking audience, the radio network is finally relevant to a younger audience and is attracting more listeners. It’s not your grandmother’s CBC radio anymore.
I fear what deeps cuts at the national level will do to the caliber of the programming we currently enjoy and I worry regional cuts may mean the end of some rural programming all together. CBC Sydney is losing half its staff, Moncton and Saint John are also taking big hits. I understand that the Maritimes have been able to keep smaller stations while many other parts of the country lost them long ago – that doesn’t mean I don’t see the value in serving these markets. Reports say CBC North is getting 1/2 a million, if not a full million, cut from its budget. This is a major loss. CBC in the Northwest Territories produces 10 hours of local programming each weekday in seven languages. There is no one else providing that kind of service to isolated northerners.
I realize there are no easy answers. CBC is strapped for cash and television is loosing ad revenues at an incredible rate. I won’t argue that television should be cut loose to preserve radio. Radio has had its share of problems and the television network did its part in radio’s hard times. At the same time it seems unfair that radio has finally managed to achieve some real success only to be cut off at the knees. Most of all I fear for my colleagues and the great work to which they commit their lives. It’s not an easy time to be a journalist.

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One Response to CBC Cuts

  1. Megan says:

    It’s horrible. Agnew seemed to be saying in his interview that the CBC North shows wouldn’t be cut, but I don’t see how that could actually be the case. It’s simply not possible to cut a million dollars out of CBC North without cutting programming. They don’t have that much slack in their budgets.

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