The CBC will restructure its news department and appoint 16 new management and production directors throughout Atlantic Canada on February 16th.
The restructuring is part of the move to mergeÂ news reporting for CBC radio, online and television, said Andrew Cochran, Regional Director for CBC Maritimes.
“We think it’s the most effective way to deal with audiences in 2009, by seeing which stories can be covered simultaneously by all three platforms,” he said.
The restructuring won’t eliminate any jobs, according to Cochran, who said it will make the news organization stronger.
Regional producers and managers will decide which stories have the potential to be broadcast across different media. This could mean two or three CBC reporters all working on the same story.
“This will allow us to change and rethink news assignment and coverage – the assignment desk will be approaching the day with a much bigger range of resources,” says Cochran.
Restructuring of this sort has already happened to CBC stations inÂ Ottawa, Calgary, and some parts of British Columbia.
“This process is being phased in across the country at a time that makes sense for each region,” says Cochran.
Who is Moving Where:
Nancy Waugh becomes executive producer of news for television, radio and Internet in Nova Scotia.
Kathy Large becomes program manager for Nova Scotia.
Allen Large becomes operations manager for Nova Scotia.
Prince Edward Island
Tracey LightfootÂ becomes executive producer of news for television, radio and Internet in Prince Edward Island.
Henk van Leeuwen becomes program manager for PEI.
Mac Pratt becomes operations manager for PEI.
Dan Goodyear becomes executive producer of news for television, radio and Internet in New Brunswick.
Mary-Pat Schutta becomes program manager for New Brunswick.
Gary Arsenault becomes operations manager for New Brunswick.
Stewart Young becomes executive producer of performance, development and new programs for the Maritimes.
Carolyn Lounsbury becomes regional manager of operations for the Maritimes.
Janet Irwin becomes senior regional manager of news and current affairs for the Maritimes.
Trevor Weissant becomes regional manager of business affairs, finance and planning for the Maritimes.
Mike Walsh becomes Regional Comptroller for the Maritimes.
Peter Hall becomes senior regional manager of non-news programming for the Maritimes.
Lenny Jackson becomes senior regional manager of production and priorities for the Maritimes.