Canadian Media Guild

Canadian Media Guild

April 26, 2005 12:01 ET

CBC cuts 75 jobs

NWI to close, communications department gutted Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 26, 2005) - The CBC confirmed today that it will cut 75 jobs this summer. Some 41 jobs are being lost due to the shutting down of Newsworld International. The remaining job losses are because of CBC's decision to contract out most program marketing for English TV, radio and internet.

The contracting-out plan is part of CBC vice president Richard Stursberg's project to find money within the CBC to fund more English TV programming.

The Canadian Media Guild has never seen evidence of a detailed business plan and has raised serious questions about the move. The union believes it will result in higher costs, not the savings Stursberg is seeking, and will likely mean less service to many CBC programs. As well, the CBC will lose valuable staff with knowledge of programs dating back decades and a commitment to the goals and mission of public broadcasting. This will be all but impossible to duplicate in an outside company hired on relatively short-term contracts.

"This is a sad day for the CBC," says Guild national president Lise Lareau. "It will lose these special people and their unique knowledge and talent. Once you let it go, you can't get it back."

The Guild's concerns are in line with a recent international study on contracting out by management consulting firm Deloitte.

The Canadian Media Guild represents 5,500 employees at the CBC.
/For further information: Arnold Amber, CBC Branch President, Tel: 416-205-7847. Go to www.cmg.ca/ IN: ENTERTAINMENT, LABOUR, MEDIA

Contact Information

  • Lise Lareau, National President, Canadian Media Guild
    Primary Phone: 416-591-5333
    Secondary Phone: 416-524-5473
    Toll-Free: 800-465-4149
    E-mail: lise@cmg.ca