Journalism still awful

While their coverage is praised, CBC announces more cuts.

Pictured: CBC headquarters
Pictured: CBC headquarters

The horror movie that is the current journalism landscape continues to eviscerate any college coeds dumb enough to enter its dilapidated farmhouse of an industry.

Just yesterday, CBC president Hubert Lacroix met with union leaders to detail the expansion of corporate cuts first announced back in the summer. The national broadcaster will lose an additional 400 jobs by March, and 400 the year after that. In total, CBC currently expects to make do with 1,857 fewer employees by 2020.

The news comes during a week that’s been filled with nothing but praise for CBC. The broadcaster’s stoic, staid coverage of the shootings on Parliament Hill drew applause from Canadians and confusion from American viewers used to a slightly more cocaine-fueled fuck-pile of reporting.

SCOTT BIXBY, ON TWITTER
Scott Bixby, on Twitter

Last week, the Chronicle Herald’s Frances Willick wrote the Ceeb will “likely die a slow and painful death” under current administration. She was quoting the views of Kelly Toughill, director of King’s journalism school.

“I think the CBC could be dead in 10 years,” Toughill told a Senate hearing in Halifax examining the dangers facing the public broadcaster.

“Good riddance!” says a large segment of the population who prefer hearing of important matters from legitimate sources like Sun News.

Speaking of shitty things, and the Herald, it wasn’t two weeks ago that paywall-embargoed AllNovaScotia.com reported dozens of layoffs are coming to the daily paper. The Herald’s trying to tighten its finances, as we all are, in poor economic times. A particular shame though, since some of the best coverage coming out of the capital this past week (and over the last couple of years) has been from Ottawa bureau chief Paul McLeod. His immediate account of the day’s events on Wednesday is passionate, lucid and effortless. Hopefully he won’t lose his job.

If you or a loved one know someone attempting to become a journalist, please, contact the authorities. There is still time to help.

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