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CBC to lay off 1,000

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has confirmed plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs to deal with a budget shortfall of C$75 million ($54.4 million) this year.

Jim Byrd, veepee of English television at the taxpayer-supported network, told staff early this month that 200 people will be laid off in September. Another 200 jobs already have been axed and 600 more will disappear through some form of voluntary separation, redeployment or vacancies.

The funding crisis arose because the Canadian government cut its grant to the CBC by $31.9 million in the last federal budget in February, he said. And that was on top of an existing $22.5 million shortfall.

The CBC currently has about 9,100 employees. In CBC circles, there are fears that an even worse fate lies ahead – federal funding cuts in the order of $250 million over the next few years and as many as 4,000 jobs lost.

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