Network Fires Large Amount of News Photographers

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation must feel like you can do TV news without moving pictures.

The CBS eliminated another 241 positions, many of the cuts were videographers.

The CBC informed employees yesterday that their positions were abolished, France Belisle, director of communications and public relations, confirmed.

This latest round of job cuts brings the total tally to 1,400 over the last year. 

“This is a major change in the broadcaster’s operations,” Marc-Philippe Laurin, CBC Branch President at Canadian Media Guild, said in a statement. It’s not clear what CBC’s plan for newsgathering is, and we are very worried about workload impacts for all who will survive this round. In the last year, CBC has cut 17 per cent of its total workforce.”

Belisle said that the rearrangement of positions will aid in the CBC’s transition to a more mobile-focused newsroom.

“These adjustments, while always difficult, testify to our desire to grow in the area where our audience is going — mobile.”

The job cuts were the result of a mass layoff announcement in late March.

More cuts are expected. 

H/T Toronto Star