In what the CMG fears may be the first of more announcements, the CBC has cancelled daytime television show Steven and Chris because of budget constraints. The cancellation will mean the elimination of around 40 contract, temporary and freelance positions in Toronto. In addition, the long-running Newsworld program Fashion File will be cancelled at the end of this season, affecting at least six contract and freelance positions.
“This is very unfortunate,” says CMG staff representative Glenn Gray. “We’ve been trying to make the case for more money for the CBC to avoid the elimination of original Canadian programming and adding to the layoffs that are already plaguing our industry and the economy as a whole.”
In all, some 65 jobs are affected by the cancellations. The CBC is in the process of seeking other assignments for 19 permanent and long-term contract employees. No permanent employee has received a redundancy notice, but it still unclear whether further layoffs could result if new assignments are not found for all of the affected employees.
The CMG is meeting with affected employees to ensure that their rights under the collective agreement are respected. Those members affected by the announcements should contact Carrie May, the Guild’s president in Toronto, at 416-949-4304. For more information, get in touch with the Guild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 416-591-5333 or 1-800-465-4149.