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Federal Budget Cuts Force CBC to Slash Services

650 job losses, scaled back international service, ads on Radio 2 among measures to cope with federal budget cut.

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News from one of the casualties of this year’s federal budget: there’s now a plan for implementing cuts at the CBC. Announced today, that plan includes 650 job cuts, office space contraction, cancellation of a planned Halifax expansion, a bid for commercials on Radio 2, shutting Radio-Canada International outposts in Brazil and Moscow, and a quicker end to the analogue television broadcasting system (the stations were always going to be decommissioned eventually). These are all part of the CBC’s effort to reduce costs in order to cope with a sudden $115 million reduction in its federal subsidy over the next three years, announced by the Conservative government last week when it unveiled its 2012 budget.

In a press release, the CBC also announced that it will be phasing out shortwave and satellite broadcasts on Radio Canada International, its foreign service. The broadcaster will also be looking at generating more revenue with digital advertising, and will be trying to find other efficiencies that have yet to be specified.

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