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.
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!