Monday, June 23, 2014

CBC personalities protest against planned documentary cuts

The Globe's Simon Houpt reports that some of the CBC’s most prominent on-air personalities are calling on the public broadcaster to overturn a contentious proposal to halt all in-house production of documentaries.
The plan would effectively close the department that has produced award-winning programming such as Canada: A People’s History, The Canadian Experience and the acclaimed aboriginal miniseries 8th Fire.
Peter Mansbridge, Adrienne Arsenault, David Suzuki, Anna Maria Tremonti and more than 30 other news and current affairs staff have signed a letter expressing alarm at the proposal, which comes amid what‎ they call “a precipitous decline of documentaries in the CBC-TV schedule.”
The broadcaster will hold a town hall on Thursday to reveal its new five-year strategic plan to employees.

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