Friends of Canadian Broadcasting states that the national AAA/Classical/Jazz network could convert to an online operation among other budget cuts to resolve loss of funding from advertising drops and the loss of Hockey Night in Canada. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting accuses the the cutting of services as part of a plot by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party to bring the CBC more closely aligned with the party. The CBC quickly responded to the claims as “speculation, inaccurate and misinformation”
The Canadian Press report states that Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has been proven correct on other predictions regarding the CBC including the announcement of 657 job cuts in April.
Radio 2 operates on 14 signals in the biggest Canadian markets and numerous rebroadcasters throughout the country. The primary signals are: 102.1 CBR-FM Calgary, 90.9 CBX-FM Edmonton, 102.7 CBH-FM Halifax, 93.5 CBM-FM Montreal, 103.3 CBOQ-FM Ottawa, 96.9 CBK-FM Regina, 106.9 CBN-FM St. John’s, 90.1 CBBS-FM Sudbury, 105.1 CBI-FM Sydney, 101.7 CBQ-FM Thunder Bay, 94.1 CBL-FM Toronto, 105.7 CBU-FM Vancouver, 89.9 CBE-FM Windsor, and 98.3 CBW-FM Winnipeg. It is not known what would happen to the signal should the network sign-off the terrestrial signals, but it is likely the licenses could be turned in and then opened up by the CRTC for new applicants.