A group of concerned Calgarians will rally outside the CBC Calgary building Friday in response to recent job and programming cuts to the public broadcaster.


In March, the CBC announced plans to shed 800 jobs across the country because of a $171 million budget shortfall. The federal government turned down a loan request from the broadcaster.


There are fears this could result in less Alberta programming on the CBC, as well as less Canadian programming countrywide.


The rally, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., will bring attention to the impact of these cuts and stress the importance of the CBC to Canadian identity, organizers say.

This is the fourth pro-CBC rally Canadians have held in recent weeks, and the first one to happen west of Ontario since the cuts were announced.