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Duly Quoted: Former CBC Board Members on the Broadcaster’s Future

Proposed cuts will "eviscerate" the public broadcaster, say several former CBC leaders.

“We believe that with the most recent cuts, the mandate of the CBC is in peril. To suggest that replacing a capacity to produce with social media is dodging the issue; to eliminate the creative potential of the CBC is to sacrifice one of its raisons d’être.”

-Nine former members of CBC/Radio-Canada’s board of directors, in a letter addressed to current board chairman Rémi Racine. Last month, executives at the CBC informed staff that the broadcaster would no longer producing content in-house—radio, news, and current affairs programming excluded. The CBC also released a new strategic plan last month to cut 1,500 jobs over the next five years, a figure amounting to 20 per cent of the broadcaster’s current full-time staff. In April, revenue losses forced the CBC to cut 657 jobs.

The letter, whose signatories include Robert Rabinovitch, CBC/Radio-Canada’s president from 1999 to 2007, and Guylaine Saucier, its chairwoman from 1995 to 2000, argues that the proposed cuts “will effectively eviscerate CBC/Radio Canada and will ultimately bring about the demise of this important and valued national public service.”

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