Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CBC not renewing Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, two popular U.S. game shows, will not be returning to the CBC primetime lineup in the fall of 2012.
But “Corrie” fans rest reassured: the U.K.’s beloved kitchen sink drama, Coronation Street — almost 52 years old and still going strong — is staying put.
Christine Wilson, the CBC’s director of content planning, confirmed the embattled network — facing cuts in federal funding that will rise to 10 per cent by 2014 — has decided to drop the shows from its schedule.
“Neither Jeopardy! nor Wheel of Fortune are going to be returning to our schedule. The licence fees on those programs were . . . relatively expensive,” Wilson told the Star.
Both shows began airing on CBC in the fall of 2008, reportedly costing as much as $20 million annually in broadcast licence fees, a figure a CBC spokesperson would not confirm.

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