CBC Cuts: Kirstine Stewart

From the 1980s to the 1990s and now into the 2010s . successive federal governments have snipped, clipped and sliced the CBC's taxpayer-funded allowance. Now with the Harper government's decision to cut the Public Broadcaster by another 10-percent, the corporation's executives have identified what's going and what's changing from layoffs in the hundreds to ads on the radio. Today we talk to the Vice-President of CBC's English Services.



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CBC Cuts: Kirstine Stewart

There are big changes coming to the CBC. Radio Two listeners may soon be listening to commercials. The expansion of local programming will proceed more slowly then originally planned. There will soon be 650 fewer employee positions and so there may be less to watch, hear and read.

It's all part of CBC management's response to last week's federal budget. The plan calls for cuts of 115-million dollars - or about 10 per cent of the CBC's overall budget - over the next three years.

Kirstine Stewart is the Executive Vice-President of CBC's English Services and one of the people implementing the changes. She was in Toronto today.

This segment was The Current's Gord Westmacott.

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