Comedy and drama to merge at CBC

CBC has announced that it will be consolidating its drama and comedy departments into one in the latest round of financial cuts.

Three jobs will be lost when the two departments merge into the newly named scripted prime time department.

Sally Catto, executive director of commissioned and scripted programming, says the cuts reflect CBC’s “new financial reality”.

“We’ve already made our decisions for the next year based on our financial reality,” she said.

“Going forward, looking to development, obviously we do have to look at the fact we will have fewer programming hours.”

The new department will be headed by Jenny Hacker, who was the former creative head of comedy.

Tom Hastings, the creative head of drama, is one of those to depart CBC.


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