Local CBC cuts announced

31 Jobs to be lost in the maritimes, Maritime Noon, regional stations and Living Halifax hit hardest.

CBC listeners and viewers in the Maritimes will soon notice big changes in local programming. The CBC is cutting a total of 31 jobs in the Maritimes, eleven percent of its regional workforce. One of the hardest hit programs will be Maritime Noon, a two-hour regional show that focuses on consumer and resource issues. The hour that Maritime Noon devotes to news from the Maritimes will be eliminated and the program will be cut to a one-hour phone-in. CBC Radio Information Morning programs will suffer significant cuts, especially in Sydney, Saint John and Moncton. On the television side, the program Living Halifax is not being renewed and more jobs will be cut from Nova Scotia's News at Six, although the final number hasn't been announced yet. The CBC says it's been forced to cut programming and eliminate a total of 800 full-time jobs because it's facing a $171 million budget shortfall this year.

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