My job search for a broadcasting job in Canada right now is really bleak.
When I moved here in November, 2008; CTV, the largest public broadcaster in Canada had just laid off 150 workers. CBC, the government sponsored broadcaster, was in a hiring freeze. All other broadcasters were also in serious financial trouble due to the economy and declining revenue in their advertisements.
Today, CTV Globemedia announced that it has cancelled news operations at its ‘A’ Channel stations. That lineup includes stations in Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria, British Columbia and London, Ontario. In all, 100 workers were laid off.
CTV Globemedia, along with other broadcasters here have been trying to convince the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (The equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission.) seeking a fee-for-carriage charge that would force cable and satellite operators to pay for carrying their channels.
The new charge would have added up to $10 to a cable or satellite subscriber’s monthly bill. Broadcasters would have had approximately $300 million in revenues to broadcasters. That, along with the downturn in the economy led to the cutbacks.
The way I see it, getting a job in broadcasting up here in Canada is gonna be like finding a snowball in Alaska.