I Will Not Mourn The CBC

If I may be honest about what I’m thinking … this was long overdue.

Ever since the CBC’s English TV network lost the rights to NHL hockey, most Canadian media watchers have been playing the “whither the CBC” game. And now the axe has fallen, and now we know what the future of the network is going to look like. And it can be summed up in one word: worse.

What emerges from this news is that the one part of the network that came out relatively unscathed — News and Current Affairs — is actually the one department that needed to be culled. There’s even the suggestion, in an earlier Globe story, that News and Current Affairs proposed to indulge in some empire-building.

The reason I say News and Current Affairs needs some serious pruning is that, for at least the past decade, the CBC’s broadcasting mindset seems to be overdominated by News and Current Affairs. Think 22 Minutes, think The Mercer Report. Even comedies like Little Mosque on the Prairie and dramas like Intelligence have the whiff of being “inspired by the headlines” — headlines generated by News and Current Affairs.

The role model that the CBC always likes to hold up — the BBC — is actually a fairly balanced mix of programming. Most of their comedies and dramas aren’t driven by contemporary concerns that come out of the news headlines, and there are actually a lot of them. The counter-argument of course is that the BBC can afford this due to the consistency of funding provided by a license fee, but what they conveniently forget is that their executive also have good people willing to promote good programming with no one genre in dominance — something that hasn’t existed in the CBC’s corporate culture in years.

I don’t know when Hubert Lacroix’s tenure at the CBC is supposed to end, but once it does, his successor should probably give some consideration to “retiring” more of the CBC’s senior execs. Not just because it would help save money, but because if the CBC is to have any hope of surviving at all, it needs new blood at the top, blood that’s not so beholden to notions of “tradition” and “mandate” that are outdated in today’s broadcast environment.

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5 Responses to I Will Not Mourn The CBC

  1. Nathan B says:

    Hey Victor! I thought you had decided to give up (political) blogging! And now you’re back? As someone who will most certainly not be voting Tory in foreseeable future, but who has always enjoyed your blog, I’m very glad. But I do really want to know why you changed your mind.

  2. Stan says:

    CBC should go the way of the old two holer outhouse, for the same reasons.

  3. Al in Cranbrook says:

    The day the CBC finally gets trash-bagged, I’ll be doing a jig in the streets!
    Levant dedicates two full hours on site at a fracking operation, and then interviewing the locals, to finally get some truth out about this, and put the boots to the eco-whackos lies that are undermining Canada’s resource development…the kind of story only Sun News would air.
    Meanwhile the usual suspects at the CBC are wetting their nappies over Peter McKays’ Mother’s Day card not being suitably politically correct enough to suit their lefty liking.
    A billion dollars a year from taxpayers for this useless POS is just bloody well insulting!

  4. don morris says:

    In the 1960’s when we first got TV reception in my prairie hometown,CBC was great entertainment, but then we were country hicks and “Country Hoedown”,”Don Messer’s Jubilee” and HNIC were all the television anyone needed,there was more to life than TV.

    The past thirty years,I’ve seen CBC segue from a News organization to a liberal critic of Conservative governments,and only Conservative governments. They have since 2007 segued again,into a Liberal/liberal propaganda machine,their bias is revolting to watch or listen to on radio.

    I can only hope the bi-polar Justin Trudeau doesn’t become the next PM,as this odious propagandist will be back in fine form with funding restored and more added. Under Trudeau we can expect more “minority” programming,more catering to the transgendered,LGBT, ethnics, etc demographics,and all on the taxpayers.

    CBC claims to speak for Canadians,and they do, but only for about five percent of Canadians,the rest of us simply don’t watch or listen to CBC.

  5. Mary Hines says:

    Can’t wait – for them to go! At least then, the liberals will have to pay for their advertising!

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