Could CBC cuts include Don Cherry’s job?

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Don Cherry may be Hockey Night in Canada’s most famous personality, but Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail wonders if Grapes’ job could be among the many cuts the CBC will be forced to make in the wake of the federal government’s decision to slash the public broadcaster’s budget.

Faced with a 10-percent cut in its federal funding, CBC could make a reasonable saving on the line item that reads “Flamboyant hockey analyst … estimated $800 K.”

According to CBC executive VP Kirstine Stewart, the cuts don’t “mean the end of Coach’s Corner or Don Cherry.” However, when Dowbiggin asked Stewart if Cherry, 78, would be back next fall, he received no reply.

The NHL is responsible for a huge portion of the CBC’s advertising revenues, but how much of that revenue would be lost without Grapes on the payroll might need to be explored given the drastic cuts that are guaranteed to cost hundreds of other jobs.

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