More, deeper cuts coming for CBC-Radio Canada

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The union representing workers at CBC and Radio-Canada held a noon-hour demonstration denouncing the latest round of cuts to the public broadcaster.

Coming just two months after a first round of downsizing, the new announcement is expected to cost between 1,000 and 2,000 employees across the country - about a quarter of the corporation's workforce - over the next five years.

The cuts will affect local newscasts, music, documentaries, sports coverage and original programming.

Union president Alex Levasseur says staff at CBC-Radio-Canada have been left reeling.

"It's awful," he said. "It's awful because we are just managing the first 657 jobs cut [announced in April] and now we know we have to manage another 500 in the next few months."

Levasseur blamed a hostile federal government and a spineless upper management for the cuts.

"The Conservative government will do nothing and the high-level management will not ask for one dollar more," he said. "So we don't have any expectations from the government."

The cuts will take effect within the next few months.

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