Thirty one jobs at CBC Maritimes will be getting the axe as a result of massive budget cuts to the CBC announced on March 25th.
CBC Maritimes will be cutting 25 jobs in radio and six in television, all in programming departments.
Most notably, Maritime Noon will be cutting its programming each day from two hours to one. The current affairs portion of the show will be removed entirely and the show will now consist of only a call-in segment.
Andrew Cochran, managing director of English services in the Maritimes was reported on CBC news as saying, “quality may suffer” as a result of the cuts.
Initially, CBC Maritimes was going to shut down its smaller stations in Sydney, Saint John and Moncton. These stations will no longer be cut, however, each of these stations will lose three to seven full-time employees.
“The role and the importance of the small stations has been affirmed through this process. People have said these are fundamental to who we are as the CBC,” Cochran said.
At this time it is still unclear as to exactly how many lay-offs there will be; the CBC is currently in the process of negotiating voluntary retirement packages with its Maritime employees.
Across the country, the CBC is expected to cut 800 full-time positions. Chief Executive of CBC, Hubert Lacroix, warns that there may be further cuts in the near future if the CBC is unable to sell $125 million of its assets.