Edmonton

Contract loss forces job cuts at CKUA

At least nine people at radio station CKUA in Edmonton will lose their jobs after the station lost a key contract with the provincial government, station officials said Tuesday.

At least nine people at radio station CKUA in Edmonton will lose their jobs after the station lost a key contract with the provincial government, station officials said Tuesday.

Five people were laid off Tuesday, and another four will lose their jobs in March, said Ken Regan, CKUA's general manager.

CKUA, a community-supported station, has been managing Alberta's Emergency Public Warning System for 17 years.

The contract, worth $700,000 a year, represents about 15 per cent of the station's operating budget.

The contract the station failed to land was to modernize and continue running the emergency broadcast system.

Listeners to the station's mix of eclectic music and information shouldn't notice the change, Regan said.

Alberta government officials were not available for comment.