CBC lays off veteran sports announcers

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The CBC has confirmed it has laid off veteran CBC Sports announcers Steve Armitage and Mark Lee as part of the most recent round of job cuts at the pubcaster.

Armitage has been voicing sports events at the CBC for 49 years, including work on Hockey Night in Canada, the Grey Cup and the Olympic Games. Lee, 58, had also been with the CBC for years, working events like the Olympics and Pan Am Games.

Armitage and Lee were let go as part of larger cuts to CBC sports, with a total of between 33 to 44 jobs lost, according to a spokesperson with the CBC.

This April the CBC announced it would be cutting 657 jobs from the pubcaster over the next two years, with Hubert Lacroix president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada saying it would no longer be going after sports rights due to the expense behind them.

- From Media in Canada