The pink slips are expected to be given out at in late May and continue throughout the summer. The rumor mill is saying that the cuts may be to smaller regional CBC stations.
An unnamed source from the CBC said during a phone interview that for now the Internet media staff is safe from the 800 jobs that will be slashed at the CBC. According to the source the Internet is one of the few areas of the CBC that is growing.
The staff has heard rumbling for weeks that the job cuts were going to come because of the CBC not meeting their advertising quotas and the government not handing over their financial goals.
The CBC’s working budget comes from the government and advertising monies. When the advertising revenue falls short the government is expected to help out more. That is not the case this time around.
The CBC receives $1.1 billion a year in federal funding, about 60 per cent of its running costs, and, for the past decade, an additional $60 million annually in special transfer payments, or 5.6 per cent of the broadcaster’s annual budget.
The cuts will be divided between English CBC will 396 jobs to slash, French Radio-Canada will be slashing 336 jobs and 70 corporate positions are also slated to be cut according to CBC president Hubert Lacroix.
The Edmonton Sun reports:
The NDP blasted the Harper government for “using the pretext of the economic downturn to attack the public broadcaster” and accused it of being “fundamentally opposed” to the CBC.
Not only are pink slips being handed out but the CBC is having to liquidating assets. The sale from those assets are hoped to gain $125 million.
The union that represents CBC employees are putting total blame on the Harper government. They insist that the job cuts will affect the quality of programming for the Canadian public.
“Those services are very important even in the period we are facing now, because if the private producers cannot do this, who will do this if we don’t do it?,” said union president Alex Levasseur.
Lavasseur further stated that the government’s shortfall of $171 million is a disguise aiming to strangle the public broadcaster.
The man many have blamed the cuts on Canada’s PM Stephen Harper was quoted by The Toronto Star expressing concern.
“Obviously, broadcasters, both public and private, are having difficulties. It is a terrible thing when someone loses a job. We will obviously be monitoring the decisions of the board very carefully to make sure that it respects CBC’s mandate and treats its employees fairly,” Harper told the Commons.
The Edmonton Sun reports:
“People have to realize that the privates are also subsidized,” said Kirstine Layfield, CBC’s executive director of programming.
“For as much as we (CBC) are government subsidized, the privates also have a high level of government subsidy … and that money doesn’t always go to programming, it goes to their shareholders.”