Murray, Brown victim of CBC cuts

Spokesman says decision was economic

MONTREAL -- A cost-cutting Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said Thursday that it will not renew the contracts of longtime foreign correspondents Don Murray and Patrick Brown.

Murray, based in London, and Beijing-based Asian correspondent Brown have been mainstays of newscasts on the pubcaster.

A CBC spokesman said that the decision was economic, rather than editorially driven.

He added that the CBC is open to the two journalists remaining with the public broadcaster on a freelance basis.

The CBC will retain its bureaus in Shanghai, Beijing and London.
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