Proposed cuts of up to 10% could jeopardize the CBC's new digital service in Hamilton.
By Sonja Macdonald
Published March 14, 2012
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is coming to Hamilton, but for how long?
In November 2011 the national public broadcaster announced its intention to launch a new and innovative digital local service for the Hamilton region.
Since the initial announcement, the CBC has rented office space on James Street North and has hired at least five new staff, including local reporters to begin developing regular stories for the Hamilton local service.
The CBC's presence in Hamilton is long overdue, and the digital plan is the first step in ensuring that our community receives commensurate service with other communities across the country.
One of the greatest benefits of this will be the ability for Hamilton stories to connect to regional and national radio and TV audiences, unlike anything that has occurred before.
This important first step in CBC's expansion to Hamilton may be threatened by proposed cuts of upwards of 10 percent ($110 million) of the broadcaster's budget in the upcoming federal budget.
These cuts could put the long term Hamilton plans in jeopardy, by delaying the development of the service or reducing its scope.
It's important to remember that many groups and individuals, including local MPs from all parties, have been supportive of CBC's expansion to Hamilton over the years.
In advance of the upcoming budget, it is crucial that Hamiltonians communicate to the federal government, and our local MPs, how important this digital service is to our community.
Please take some time to sign on to the Keep Canada Connected petition by Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
The national petition, which is part of the Reimagine CBC campaign, will be delivered to the Hon. James Flaherty, Minister of Finance.
The Centre for Community Study, as a partner organization of the campaign, will deliver a copy of the petition to David Sweet, MP.
Mr. Sweet, the only representative of the current government in this region, has supported the CBC expansion to Hamilton in the past. Let's remind him that, now more than ever, his support is necessary to ensure that we finally get the CBC service we deserve.
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