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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
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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