And that means more job losses are coming.
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.