CBC is eliminating local TV newscasts across the country, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC Radio is not affected.
An internal memo says the Toronto-based feed of CBC News Network will replace the supper hour and late-night TV newscasts coast-to-coast. “Except for the North where we want to maintain our television news program in Inuktitut.”
The rationale for the change? “We operate with far fewer staff in the Toronto Broadcast Centre and much stricter newsgathering protocols … the mission is to keep us all safe while delivering on our mandate to serve Canadians with the news and information they need.”
CBC News Montreal’s Sarah Leavitt posted this via Twitter: “I WANT TO REASSURE YOU: We will continue to work, we will continue to provide the news – via radio, our website and social media. We ARE NOT GONE – The local news is more important than ever and we at CBC Montreal will be providing it, just not at 6 and 11 on TV.”