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CBC lays off Olympic broadcasters Armitage and Lee

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According to the Canadian Press on Wednesay, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has decided to layoff veteran sports broadcasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee. Armitage had worked with CBC since 1969 and Lee had worked with CBC since 1980.

Armitage was the CBC voice for speed skating during the Olympic Winter Games and swimming during the Olympic Summer Games. Lee was the CBC voice for women's hockey during the Olympic Winter Games and track and field during the Olympic Summer Games. Both will not be part of CBC's broadcasts during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Armitage was with CBC for 15 Olympic Games. CBC also announced that veteran sports reporter Brenda Irving would me moving to another department. Irving was the CBC anchor for figure skating at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and gymnastics at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

According to Wikipedia, both Armitage and Lee were Canadian Interuniversity Sport football quarterbacks prior to getting into broadcasting. Armitage was a quarterback for the University of St. Mary's Huskies and Lee was a quarterback for the University of Carleton Ravens.

A major reason for the layoffs was because CBC is drastically cutting money from their sports department. In April it was announced that 657 people would be laid off. Armitage and Lee were notified that the CBC would no longer require their services in May. Lee and Irving had just anchored CBC's coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

It will be very interesting now to see who will be the anchors in swimming and track and field for CBC at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to swimming, Armitage was the CBC anchor for Olympic diving, a sport that Canadian women will have high medal possibilities two years from now. Canada will also be sending its best track and field team at the Olympic Games in quite sometime as well.

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