Longtime CBC journalist Linden MacIntyre will retire from his role as host of the fifth estate, effective at the end of the summer.
In early April, the CBC announced its decision to cut at least 657 jobs in the next two years, along with a significant reduction in programming, to scale back its budget by approximately $130 million. MacIntyre hopes his leave will help save the jobs of other CBC staffers.
Although MacIntyre claims that his leave is not a political act, in an interview with The Globe and Mail he states that losing a few recognizable employees may create some buzz around the problem. “Otherwise it’s just meaningless to people – to the taxpayers who are paying a big part of the freight,” he says.
MacIntyre joined the CBC in 1976, and has co-hosted the fifth estate for 24 years. He is the author of four novels, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning The Bishop’s Man.