06/18/2014 07:25 EDT | Updated 08/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Cape Breton mayor urges CBC to keep local staff, expand transmission on island

SYDNEY, N.S. - The mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has sent a letter urging the president of CBC not to cut jobs from the station in Cape Breton and to fund an expansion of the station's broadcasting signal.

Cecil Clarke says in his letter to Hubert LaCroix that he's been informed the station will lose two of its 14 staff as a result of budget cuts.

He says the station should retain its staff complement.

Clarke also says CBC should strengthen the signal of CBC Cape Breton so that its programs can be heard on the western side of the island.

A rally in support of the CBC was held on May 30.

The general manager of CBC News has said the corporation regrets the cuts to smaller communities, but said they have to made in ordre for the broadcaster to continue to invest in investigative journalism.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said a rally was planned for Friday.

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