Radio Canada International budget cut will include "famed Sackville, New Brunswick shortwave transmission farm."

Posted: 09 May 2012   Print   Send a link
Radio World, 3 May 2012, James Careless: "An 80-percent budget cut is forcing Radio Canada International (RCI) to abandon shortwave and satellite radio broadcasting, leaving the Web as RCI’s only delivery method. Known as the CBC International Service when it was launched in 1945, the publicly funded RCI originally was aimed at Europe. ... RCI’s famed Sackville, New Brunswick shortwave transmission farm, which is shared with international broadcasters such as Radio Japan and China Radio International, will be abandoned as part of the budget cuts. ... It has long been considered one of the best sites for reaching North American audiences via shortwave. Besides ending shortwave and satellite broadcasting, RCI will lose its newsrooms and cease producing programming. Two-thirds of its 40-person staff is expected to be fired as well."

RCI Action Committee, 4 May 2012: "Radio Canada International must be given financial autonomy. CBC/Radio-Canada’s control of the RCI budget must end. This problematic relationship between Radio Canada International and CBC/Radio-Canada, has been raised numerous times in the past, and is why we need to push for financial autonomy. ... In October 1996, the Canadian component of KPMG, released a report on RCI commissioned by CBC/Radio-Canada that recommended: 'If RCI is continued in the long term (whatever its mandate and funding level), independent funding is needed to avoid the difficulty it faces today with being caught up in a domestic vs. foreign competition for limited CBC resources. If the CBC management and Board have to choose between serving Calgary or China, Calgary will almost certainly win….' ... Clearly we have very little time to stop this cut, the broadcasting of our programs ends on June 24."

Montreal Gazette, 5 May 2012, Steve Faguy: "While the CBC is tightening its belt to make $200 million in budget cuts over the next three years - including a devastating 80 per cent cut to Radio Canada International, whose offices are next door to CBC Montreal in the basement of Maison Radio-Canada, the public broadcaster is proceeding with its five-year '2015: Everyone, Every Way' plan, which is adding more regional services across the country."

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