CBC says it will cut 650 jobs

CBC President Hubert Lacroix. (QMI Agency Files)

CBC President Hubert Lacroix. (QMI Agency Files)

Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:49 PM ET

OTTAWA - CBC announced it will be cutting up to 650 jobs, while slashing a number of services few Canadians actually use.

Radio Canada International will cease broadcasting in Portuguese and Russian, shortwave broadcasts of CBC programming will stop and end the use of analogue transmitters to broadcast their signals.

To deal with $115 million in cuts over three years, CBC will also seek out advertisers for their French and English national radio stations.

"This measure will allow us to ensure that we can continue, through both CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique, to be a point of discovery for Canadian music fans," CBC president Hubert Lacroix said Wednesday.

On a conference call with employees and supporters, Lacroix also said the state broadcaster will seek to expand revenues through digital media such as its website. CBC is mandated by Parliament to provide TV and radio services but is increasingly competing with other media outlets in other business lines, including online.

Some proposed services such as a sports speciality channel - one in English and one in French - will be dropped, while others such as the launch of new radio stations in London and Kitchener, Ont., and Kamloops, B.C., will be delayed.

CBC will also sell off Bold, a specialty channel that airs dramas, sports and comedy shows.

Lacroix admitted that if ad revenue for TV and elsewhere do not improve there may be further cuts. Several private media companies have undergone cuts in the last year due to a lagging economy and soft ad markets.


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