Media Advisory: Calgarians rally to save the CBC

    CALGARY, April 16 /CNW/ - A group of concerned Calgarians will rally
outside the CBC Calgary building Friday, April 17, in response to recent job
and programming cuts to the public broadcaster.

    WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2009, 4:30pm-6:30pm
    WHERE: Outside CBC Calgary, 1724 Westmount Blvd NW

    In March, the CBC announced plans to shed 800 jobs across the country
because of a $171 million budget shortfall. The federal government turned down
a loan request from the broadcaster, and now there will be less Alberta
programming on the CBC, as well as less Canadian programming countrywide.
    Canada Live on Radio 2 will carry fewer concerts from southern Alberta.
Radio One provincial affairs show Wildrose is being halved from two hours to
one, and cuts to the news department are on the way.
    The CBC is clearly valued by Calgarians (Radio One has the largest
audience of any radio station in the city). The rally will bring attention to
the impact of these cuts and stress the importance of the CBC to Canadian
    Calgarians of all political stripes plan to attend. This is the fourth
pro-CBC rally Canadians have held in recent weeks, and the first one to happen
west of Ontario since the cuts were announced.

For further information:

For further information: please contact one of the organizers: DJ Kelly,, (403) 714-8901; Jeremy Klaszus,,
(403) 771-5253; Wil Knoll,, (403) 891-1514; Andrew McIntyre,, (403) 998-8217; Grant Neufeld,,
(403) 630-7615

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