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Layoffs at CBC

CBC will shed up to 180 employees from its English-language operations this week, fewer than originally expected, partly because of the network's early retirement program.
May 27, 2009

CBC will shed up to 180 employees from its English-language operations this week, fewer than originally expected, partly because of the network’s early retirement program.

Richard Stursberg, EVP of English services, said in a memo to staff that some 100 employees have applied for the voluntary retirement program, which was offered in hope of sparing some staff from the ax. CBC said in March it planned to eliminate as many as 393 jobs. The network as a whole is facing an ad revenue shortfall of $171 million, some $85 million of which is on the English side’s books.

Layoff notices will be delivered today and Thursday.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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