Radio Canada International hears from listeners "from all countries, in many languages" about its budget cut.

Posted: 20 Apr 2012   Print   Send a link
RCI Action Committee blog, 19 Apr 2012: "It’s been quite humbling and touching to read the many, many reactions from listeners around the world to the news of the cuts at Radio Canada International. The comments are coming . People are very upset. ... From a Chinese listener: 'It must have been 6 or 7 years since I started to listen to RCI Chinese section’s daily broadcasting via shortwave radio, I really enjoy it. However, when I heard that RCI will stop the mandarin broadcast to China at the end of June, it made me very sad, even depressed. I cannot understand the reasoning behind this decision… For me, the shortwave radio is the only way to know what happen in China, in Canada and in the world. Now you are burning this only bridge down!'" With links.

RCI Action Committee, 19 Apr 2012: "Yesterday at noon in Montreal, a common front of unions representing on air production staff, producers, technicians, administrative staff at our national radio and television public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada convened a meeting of hundreds of employees. The impact of the cuts on public broadcasting in Canada were discussed, and the near elimination of RCI was raised numerous times. The unions are working together to come up with a common strategy to fight the cuts. Almost all of 60 plus RCI staff attended the meeting." See also Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada, 18 Apr 2012.

Montreal Mirror, 19 Apr 2012: "With the federal Conservatives hacking away at everything in sight, Radio Canada International, the CBC’s international service, will lose 80 per cent of its $12.3-million budget, effectively killing it as a shortwave and satellite radio broadcaster. It will keep some sort of web presence, though it’s still unclear what it will look like. RCI was never nearly as big as some other international broadcasters, but it did have a solid reputation, and put Canada’s best face forward. With Internet access still far from universal, it’s doubtful the new website will get a whole bunch of hits. So the world is losing a bit of Canada, which is a shame. China Radio International, meanwhile, has been busy buying up all the frequencies it can."

Calgary Herald, 12 Apr 2012, Anne Sutherland: "'Yes, we did have to make some choices,' [James Moore, the federal minister of Canadian heritage] said when faced with questions about the recent budget cuts to the CBC and Radio Canada International, and the closing of National Film Board screening centres in Montreal and Toronto. ... As for RCI, Moore said that losses in ad revenue at CBC meant that choices had to be made internally on how to best manage challenging times."

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