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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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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