The CBC does receive major funding from the federal government. But in Canada, their news and current affairs programming is second to none. They have top of the line professional journalists who go into the heart of the war zones and provide great reporting. And their news documentaries are excellent. Local radio and TV news shows are also outstanding. Except maybe for the Winnipeg local TV news anchor, Janet Stewart. She stutters and mispronounces words displayed on the teleprompter so regularly it appears as though she has had a few ceasars before the newscast. Sorry Janet.
On the other hand the CBC’s drama programming is boring and just not any good. Heartland appears to be a rip-off of the old Dallas series and Little Mosque on the Prairie is a politically correct joke of a show that takes no chances. Or so I have read about Little Mosque, I tried to watch it once, but I lasted 2 minutes before I had to change it.
There are many perks working for the CBC. High salaries and excellent benefits, including pensions. But the good journalists in the country deserve that. Instead of working for a frugal private broadcaster that pays taxi driver wages with no benefits. But everything changes.
TORONTO – Big budget cuts at the CBC are putting “everything” on the chopping block — including hit shows “Republic of Doyle” and “Heartland,” programming boss Kirstine Stewart said Tuesday as the public broadcaster axed CBC News Network’s “Connect with Mark Kelley” and CBC Radio’s “Dispatches.”
Tough decisions about how to manage a $225-million shortfall will include shaving six existing or planned shows from the public broadcaster’s TV lineup, said Stewart, executive vice-president of CBC’s English Services.
“We are making those decisions next week and we’ve got some pretty strong criteria to make those decisions,” Stewart said after CBC staff were briefed on job and program cuts in an internal meeting.
“But in the end what we’re trying to do is protect the programming that Canadians seem to be most interested in and it will really narrow down the variety of programming that we’ve been able to give Canadians over the last few years.”
Staff learned Tuesday that CBC-TV’s programming and news departments will bear the brunt of punishing cuts planned over the next three years.
CBC says $10 million will be cut from news on all platforms while $21.3 million in cuts will come from non-news TV including 18 positions in the documentary unit.
“It’s not a good day for CBC,” said Marc-Philippe Laurin, president of the Canadian Media Guild’s CBC branch.
“Canadians are really going to see a difference on the TV screen and hear a difference on CBC Radio.”
In all, English services will eliminate 215 positions this year and a total of 256 positions by 2015.
The belt-tightening follows last week’s federal budget, which cut $115 million — or about 10 per cent of the CBC’s overall government subsidy — over the next three years.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix has said additional financial pressures actually push the CBC’s shortfall to $200 million, plus there’s another $25 million in severance costs for expected layoffs.
Last week, the broadcaster said it expected to lay off more than 650 people over three years, with the majority to be let go this year.
It said CBC fans could expect fewer TV shows, more ads on radio and the delay of regional initiatives that were meant to boost local programming.
Government funding makes up about 64 per cent of CBC’s budget and the corporation receives about $1.15 billion a year from taxpayers.
There definitely was largesse at the CBC. Lots of money to create a media Shangri-La. As the ostentatious CBC headquarters building in Toronto Demonstrates.