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CBC Will Make Cuts to News, In-House Programs

And that means more job losses are coming.

Photo by Grant D, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Television and radio will no longer be top priorities for the CBC—that’s because the corporation intends to focus more on digital and mobile services.

“We used to lead with television and radio. Web came and then mobility came. We are reversing, we are inverting the priorities that we have,” Lacroix said of the broadcaster’s 2020 strategy. “We’re going to lead now with mobility, we’re going to lead with whatever widget you use. You’re going to see an investment in mobility that’s going to rise as the investment in perhaps television … is reduced.”

No stations will be closing, but 90-minute evening newscasts will become only 30 or 60 minutes long. The move to cut back on in-house programs won’t affect current affairs and radio, but will mean fewer CBC-produced documentaries.

This overall shift in corporate direction will mean job cuts—which Lacroix insists will take place in “prudent steps.” In 2020, as the result of layoffs, retirement, and attrition, 1,000 to 1,500 fewer employees will be working at the CBC. Any cuts will be in addition to ones already announced.

“The goal is that to be able to meet a financially stable and sustainable CBC/Radio-Canada, we have to reduce the infrastructures … but we also have to reduce the number of people who are working at CBC/Radio-Canada,” said Lacroix.


  • OgtheDim

    So they want to compete with buzzfeed?

  • estta

    1,000 to 1,5000 fewer employees

    Extra zero?

    • TorontoistCopyEditors

      Precisely. Thank you for noticing. The text has been corrected.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Thanks, Harper.

  • wklis

    Revenge of the Conservatives?

  • aegiszx

    “You’re going to see an investment in mobility that’s going to rise as the investment in perhaps television … is reduced.” and this is happening… NOW!? Mobile has been on the rise for nearly a decade!!!

  • Paul Kishimoto

    It’s cool, we still have papers like the Globe & Mail and Toronto Sun that are totally not beholden to strong supporters of the PCPO or CPC. They can definitely be relied on to hold the government to account and ask hard questions!


    • Eric S. Smith

      “They can definitely be relied on to hold the government to account and ask hard questions!”

      But come to think of it, if we elect Liberal governments, that’s almost true.

  • rich1299

    We can only hope for either a Lib or NDP minority gov’t to undo as many of the changes Harper made as possible.

    Its a disgrace the Harper Cons have turned the CBC from an arm’s length public interest organization into an appendage of the PMO. The Harper Cons gave themselves the right to mess around with the CBC but included in that same a clause to ensure they cannot be held responsible for any legal or other problems resulting from their interference with the CBC. In other words if the Harper Cons violate labour laws and human rights in their CBC meddling only CBC executives can be held responsible for the Harper Cons’ actions even if the CBC executives had nothing at all to do with it. Its no different than writing a law to hold people whose names starts with the letter “H” responsible for the electoral crimes committed by the Harper Cons.

    • OgtheDim

      Hate to burst your bubble, but when in power, EVERY government hates the CBC.

      If you watched the last few weeks of “Liberal media bias” being plastered around Torontoist articles, the NDP is not immune to this thinking as well.

      • rich1299

        Regardless the CBC has always maintained its arm’s length status no matter the party in gov’t until the Harper Cons passed a bill giving them the right to interfere in the CBC’s labour relations and internal spending while making themselves immune to any consequences of their actions. That’s quite a bit more than simply hating the CBC. I expect that either the Libs or NDP to be better than the Harper Cons and on this file at least return the CBC to an arm’s length organization like its been since its inception even if they don’t increase funding to more reasonable levels. I can’t imagine either of them being the same sort of gov’t as the Harper Cons have been. Perhaps that’s just a failure of imagination on my part but I hope not. Only time will tell.