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CBC cuts jobs, production spending

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is eliminating 145 jobs, and warns of more cuts and restructuring to come, as well as lower spending on both in-house and indie English TV production for the next fiscal year. The cuts will take effect June...
March 1, 2000

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is eliminating 145 jobs, and warns of more cuts and restructuring to come, as well as lower spending on both in-house and indie English TV production for the next fiscal year. The cuts will take effect June 30.

CBC VP Harold Redekopp, predicts a CDN$23 million loss (US$15 million) next year, and said English TV faces ‘real financial problems.’ To close the gap, CBC will cut spending by $14 million (US$10 million) and make up the balance of $9 million (US$6 million) by cutting its work force.

Redekopp maintains cost-cutting is only part of the restructuring picture. He wants to turn the CBC into a ‘highly differentiated public television service.’ That may translate into less advertising – down from the 12 minutes of commercials and two minutes of promos running each hour.

Redekopp also says the CBC is looking at new revenue sources, including the lease or sale of its buildings, equipment, trucks or other assets from its facilities.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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