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'Simpsons' among CBC's casualties

Pubcaster also ordering fewer episodes of Canadian series

TORONTO -- A day after announcing plans to cut as many as 800 jobs, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday said it will cancel "The Simpsons" and "The Martha Stewart Show" in a cost-cutting maneuver.

The pubcaster also said it will lower license fees and order fewer episodes of such popular Canadian TV series as "The Border," "Being Erica," and "Little Mosque on the Prairie" to deal with a growing advertising downturn.

Other savings will come from the cancellation of daytime lifestyle series, a cut in expenditures on daytime kids programming and the end of some sports programming, including Toronto Blue Jays games.

The CBC also will cut 80 jobs at its CBC News division.

On the radio side, the public broadcaster will cancel some popular radio shows as well as reduce regional radio noontime shows to one hour and live music recordings by half.