It'll be a couple of years before we see the full effect of the latest massive downsizing at CBC and Radio-Canada, but clearly the public broadcaster's presence on the media landscape will continue to shrink.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix revealed on Thursday that the corporation will cut 657 full-time positions, pull out of competition to broadcast pro sports (NHL hockey is already on its way out), cut amateur sports coverage and cancel planned expansions, including a new station in London, Ont.
The belt-tightening is part of an effort to cope with $130 million in budget cuts as a result of declining support from the federal government with no meaningful increase in advertising revenue.
Although CBC has more than 8,000 full-time, contract and temporary employees, the job cuts are significant, and bound to crater the already poor morale among the corporation's employees.
As the Toronto Star points out, this is the third round of job cuts in five years. CBC axed 800 jobs in 2009 to tryRead More »from CBC job, budget cuts could further hasten public broadcaster’s death