CBC News plans new hires focused on community connection

CBC News says it’s expanding its commitment to local news by creating 14 new positions across the country, focused on deepening community connections.

“At Canada’s public broadcaster, local is the lens into all that we do,” said Susan Marjetti, General Manager of News, Current Affairs & Local, CBC, in a release. “Prioritizing local connections will help us tell more of the stories that matter most to people. These newly announced positions across the country are aimed at broadening and deepening our journalism while building relationships with regional and cultural communities.”

The new hires will be concentrated in medium and small market bureaus, like Lethbridge and Grande Prairie. In B.C., two new video journalists will be recruited, one stationed in Cranbrook and another in Nanaimo.

In Ontario, Brampton and Kingston will each have new permanent reporters, with a community producer to work out of CBC London to strengthen the public broadcaster’s coverage in Southwestern Ontario.

New community producers will also be hired in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, with an Indigenous journalist position to be made permanent in Quebec. CBC Indigenous will also add two new journalists – one in Manitoba and one in Saskatchewan. CBC North is creating two new positions in Iqaluit to support Indigenous language programming.

The public broadcaster says the hiring process will begin this Spring.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessenhttps://broadcastdialogue.com
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email - corrections@broadcastdialogue.com

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