CBC Cuts Prompt Resignations; Your Move Mr. Mansbridge


When it comes to symbols, the ultimate CBC figure is long-time national news broadcast anchor and senior correspondent Peter Mansbridge. Will he stay mum, or take action? Your move Mr. Mansbridge!

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or CBC, is currently trying to deal with severe budget cuts that, once implemented, will lead to many employees losing their jobs. The once sacrosanct broadcaster is now a favourite target for government cutbacks, particularly when that government is conservative as is the case presently.

In the last couple of days two long-time senior CBC journalists, Linden MacIntyre and Alison Smith, have announced they will be leaving. Jumping before being pushed? Perhaps. But these two seasoned journalists will have little trouble finding fulfilling work with other media outlets. Their voluntary departures may well free up some cash to enable other, perhaps less prominent but essential, staff members to keep their jobs.

LindenMacIntyre
Linden MacIntyre

If this is the case, and these two have done the classy thing, what does that mean for other long-time, prominent CBC journalists? Will they be feeling the pinch, a little tightness around the collar, to follow in their colleagues’ footsteps and step away from the CBC? Is what started out to be yet another Conservative Party of Canada attempt to muzzle the national broadcaster going to become an issue of solidarity?

Will enough high visibility senior personnel follow suit to make a significant ratings difference that may have an effect on the bean counters? Or are MacIntyre and Smith the only ones willing to do what they can?

When it comes to symbols, the ultimate CBC figure is long-time national news broadcast anchor and senior correspondent Peter Mansbridge. Will he stay mum, or take action? Your move Mr. Mansbridge!

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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2 thoughts on “CBC Cuts Prompt Resignations; Your Move Mr. Mansbridge

  1. That was my first thought too when I heard the news about Linden MacIntyre et al taking a hit for the team! I immediately went to wikipedia to check how old Peter Mansbridge is — 65. What used to be “retirement age.” His retirement would save CBC a shitload of money alright. You know, Mansbridge got the national anchor job precisely because his predecessor Knowlton Nash took a hit for the team too — he resigned so Mansbridge could be hired and stay in Canada rather than pursuing opportunities in the US. Time now to pay it forward, Peter?

    • Bingo! Very well put. I think he has to, at the very least, address the situation. Without those “little people” he wouldn’t be where he is today.

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