Letters to the Editor -
July 31, 2009 will be a very sad day for public broadcasting in central Newfoundland and in particular, for Grand Falls-Windsor.
For the first time since Confederation with Canada in 1949, there will be no live CBC Radio programming hosted from Grand Falls-Windsor after that date. The CBC central Newfoundland Morning Show co-host Randy Larcombe retires that day after a long and successful career with CBC, and will not be replaced. The show will be solo-hosted from Gander.
Although when CBC announced its cuts earlier this year they stated that no stations would be closed, that is, in essence, what is happening.
CBC will be keeping its building in Grand Falls-Windsor for now, but with continued economic stresses, it is anybody's guess how long that will last. CBC's remaining on-air staff in Grand Falls-Windsor will consist of, at most, two reporters and neither will be co-hosting the show.
CBC has over the years prided itself on being there to serve the community. With the changes that are happening, that service will be reduced. There is good reason to be concerned that next year may very well mean further cuts and depending on the economic situation, potential closure of one or both of CBC's locations in central Newfoundland.
It is never too late to try and have cuts reversed or at the very least, prevent future cuts from causing further damage.
I would encourage you to think back over recent years, think about the stories CBC Radio locally has covered, the locations they have visited, and the people they have spoken to. Most of us who listen regularly have learned a great deal about our province as a result. We hate to see that diminished.
I urge you to contact CBC Audience Relations at 1-866-306-4636 and let them know what this means to you, and ask them to reverse their decision about Grand Falls-Windsor and the CBC cuts in central Newfoundland overall. For further information and to sign our online petition, visit our website at www.supportcbc.ca.
Gander/Grand Falls-Windsor Canadian Media Guild