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2014-04-10 at 17:12

Cuts hit home

CBC Thunder Bay didn
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
CBC Thunder Bay didn't go untouched in latest round of cuts. The station will lose its afternoon show and two positions.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

It was a lousy day for CBC Thunder Bay, says a union official. 

The local office is losing two positions and its longstanding Voyage North afternoon show in the latest round of cuts the public broadcaster announced Thursday that included 657 jobs nationwide over the next two years.

"All of us, we're completely devastated because we lost our voice for the region," said Jolene Banning, local union president for the Canadian Media Guild, of the loss of Voyage North.

The show will be going to Sudbury, said Banning.

"It's going to be hard to reflect the region from Sudbury because Northwestern Ontario and Sudbury, we are two different locations. We do not have the same issues. We do not have the same people," she said.

With the CBC's loss of Hockey Night in Canada and cuts from the federal government, Banning said they weren't surprised the Thunder Bay station took a hit.

"We went unscathed the last round of cuts, so there's always that fear that you know we will be next. We tried to be hopeful," she said.

CBC Thunder Bay employs 13 people; two of the positions are part-time.

Banning didn't yet know when the cuts would take effect.

In addition to the job cuts, the CBC also announced it will no longer pursue rights to professional sports.

The changes will cut $130 million from its 2014-2015 budget.

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dcsummers says:
This is a sad day indeed! The CBX has long been respected for its quality of reporting and journalism. Ninety per cent of the time, my car radio is tuned to CBC; they offer an intelligent option to the usual fare offered on our local stations. Another example of shortsightedness by Harper and his cronies. I have to agree with you Ken, the comments here are very disheartening, but really, not unexpected considering the ignorance so prevalent in this community.
4/13/2014 9:01:17 AM
S Duncan says:
The ignorance here is within your comment.

These cuts are from the CBC itself. This has nothing to do with Harper.

if you stopped listening to the anti-Conservative communist broadcasting propaganda, you may learn something.
4/14/2014 8:45:24 AM
pc says:
I figure if you want it pay for it.
If you don't want it why pay for it through taxes.
They used to be interesting now they interview people so left wing it isn't funny, (well it is but not in a nice way)
They have no interesting shows on TV and the drive to Thunder Bay most of the time is so noisy with static it is not even hearable.
Their news is so biased against the conservatives. I thought news was supposed to present the facts not the opinions of the journalist.
Anyway I hope the entire CBC goes away. We will save a lot of money in taxes. Might even get the books balanced sooner.
4/11/2014 7:44:25 PM
prospector pete says:
Sorry to see the afternoon show go. I have been listening to WTIP ( PBS Station ) out of Grand Marais Minnesota on-line for years. If your intersted in local birding,news weather etc they include a lot about Thunder Bay. Suggest they up thier broadcast wattage so we can listen on the radio.
4/11/2014 10:25:08 AM
dynamiter says:
As I said earlier - these cuts were not made by the politicians. They are setting the tone to CBC - meaning we cannot have a bunch of taxpayer dollars spent on the big organization called the CBC in this day and age. I love listening to the local CBC especially in the morning and on Voyage. If others are the same then maybe we need to convince the idiots that I mentionned earlier to allocate the funds that we need to keep this program up and running. Maybe it is time for the regional population to chip in towards that ( like PBS does in the US).
4/11/2014 10:46:34 AM
ken1 says:
Some of the comments here make me sad.
Sad to live in a community that doesn't always appreciate intelligent, balanced, thoughtful, humorous, accessible journalists.
CBQ's ratings was tops a few years ago. That doesn't seem to matter to bean counters. Maybe advertising is the answer?
The two folks who are loosing their jobs contributed to the community of North Western Ontario.
The whole of CBC including TV, radio internet is subsidized by #35/year, much less than most countries.
CBQ used to have a noon show as well, what is next?
4/11/2014 8:54:10 AM
dockboy says:
The CBC is like an old dog just waiting to die. What a shame, I too enjoyed voyage north and will certainly miss it. To the 13 employee's who do such a great job here in Thunder Bay, hang in there. This is just another example of how Canada is losing it's identity.
4/11/2014 8:47:04 AM
silent rebel says:
This is unfortunate, i really enjoyed Voyage North. Thunder Bay and Sudbury are very different from each other and our identity will not be represented there at all.
4/11/2014 8:28:37 AM
sudbury yahoo says:
One thing you'll find with CBC Sudbury is that it tends to be focused on Sudbury and often ignores the outlying regions. That's been my beef with the crew here. Northeastern Ontario tends to be ignored unless they're talking about the weather in Attawapiskat.
CBC would do a better job if they cut those TV programs that no one watches or cares about.
4/11/2014 7:14:31 AM
dynamiter says:
For all you idiots that want to blame a particular government, or government official for cutting a specific department or person. Get a life. These cuts were made by the so called superbosses down in TO. The target was set by the government - the specific cuts were made by the swivel servants ( in this case the overlords in TO who were of course trying to protect their jobs and perks).
4/10/2014 11:52:06 PM
rocketship says:
I will miss our northern 'voice'!!!

My car radio is always tuned to CBC.
4/10/2014 10:18:23 PM
armchair tom brady says:
Too bad, I liked Voyage North.
4/10/2014 9:55:48 PM
BetterThunderBay says:
It is incredibly sad to hear about these cuts to community focused programming. The coverage that CBC provides Thunder Bay is unique and Voyage North will be missed by many. To all of the fantastic people at the station, hang in there, you're an important part of this town.
4/10/2014 9:49:23 PM
Mastermind says:
The CBC is the CNN of the north. One sided, never impartial journalism.
4/10/2014 8:37:36 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
Ya, not like on this forum, where there's curious rules applied to the availability of comments to certain articles.
4/10/2014 9:35:05 PM
S Duncan says:
the CBC is government funded and is the state broadcaster, something akin to the ministry of propaganda.

Thankfully FOx news, CNN, and especially SUN News Network operate within the free market.

Don't like it, then don't pay for it. We don't have that option with CBC. We're stuck paying for their ridiculous programs whether you like it or not.

hows that for a free country?
4/10/2014 10:03:48 PM
richy says:
I will miss CBC radio I wish Sun Tv was off the air. I thought Harper said he would let us pick our cable channels, Sun TV is for those right wing nut bars.
4/10/2014 7:56:43 PM
unknowncronik says:
I guess 1 of the local radio stations could open another channel to fill the void.

just as sad as when the VIA left town too...
4/10/2014 7:24:46 PM
loring says:
why does harper and his crooks hate canada and canadians i dont understand why you would cut what is surely a canadian culture oh yeah he only helps big buisness rogers himself his crooks etc etc etc what a shame.
4/10/2014 6:59:05 PM
musicferret says:
So sad to see the show go and the staff cut. Thunder Bay needs to brace: there will be cuts all over the place in the next year and our economy is so greatly driven by provincial and federal money.

Winter is coming.
4/10/2014 6:50:36 PM
reese says:
Voyage North i will miss but not hockey night in Canada that was child abuse
Videon was great when it came here
4/10/2014 5:46:23 PM
S Duncan says:
The CBC has long lost its way and needs to be defunded completely.

Shut the whole place down...

....or learn to survive on your own money, not mine. Plus its so left wing its murder to listen to.

4/10/2014 5:20:25 PM
TBAY Duffer says:
You have been brainwashed Dunc, cut back on the Fox News.

4/10/2014 8:09:49 PM
S Duncan says:
What does a privately operating news network in a different country have to do with the publicly funded cbc in Canada?

and where does the focus on me come in?

Do you favour state propaganda media? I don't.
4/11/2014 1:51:32 PM
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