CBC to cut at least 1,000 jobs in push for more digital news

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The Canadian Broadcasting Company/Radio-Canada announced today that it plans to cut between 1,000 and 1,500 jobs by 2020 as it transitions to a digitally focused news strategy.

The cuts, which the company says will “transform the corporation from the traditional to the modern,” will be paired with emphasis on distributing their content digitally in order to “be even more local, at a reduced cost.”

About 500 production jobs will be eliminated, said France Belisle, a spokesperson for the corporation. About 1,000 employees are eligible for retirement in the next two years and about 300 employees retire from the company every year.

CBC News reported that the reductions would come from staff involved in producing “dinner-hour newscasts,” which will shrink in length from one hour to 30 minutes.

The strategy comes after a long period of retrenchment and cutbacks for the CBC, according to the release. The past seven years have been characterized by “painful and frustrating” rounds of staffing cuts in the disruptive media environment, said Hubert T. Lacroix, the company’s president and CEO, in the press release.

By 2020, the company hopes to double its digital reach to 18 million Canadians, according to the release.

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  • http://www.WhoNeedsNewspapers.org/ Paul Steinle

    So does more digital (whatever that means) mean better, richer, more verified coverage of news and information? And if so, how does that work?

  • Mack

    Is the CBC leadership really adapting to changing technologies, or are they throwing working journalists off the troika in hope the wolves will eat the bean-counters last?
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    Able-Bodied Man, an alternative to low-prole broadcasting (Flip the Nude Crime Scene Off the Island) is always welcome. And besides, it’s not as if the NBC / ABC / CBS continuum are not government broadcasting now.

  • Able Bodied Man

    All over the CBC progarms these days. But I guess it’s time to close up the darkrooms and put the film developing chemicals into the recycle. Lotta people at CBC walking around with their middle digital focusses in the air.