Bring Back My CBC!
At last a glimmer of positive news on the CBC labour dispute - the two sides are meeting today.
I was reading a Macleans article about CBC while waiting in the doctors' office today. The author, Steve Maich, contends that the real issue is not that there are two visions of the CBC's mission which need to meet partway, as put forth by Peter Mansbridge, but rather that the CBC does not know whether it should be offering a public service or selling a product.
He does have a valid point, particularly as relates to TV. CBC Radio has its mandate straight. It is commercial free and functions as a unique voice for Canadians. CBC TV, however, is somewhat of a mishmash between news/current affairs, entertainment and sports. The very competitive nature of the medium dictates that it is not commercial free, but perhaps it should be. Perhaps the focus should be narrowed to news, current affairs and sports, all of which are done extremely well, and the very costly and non-lucrative entertainment efforts should be ditched. The sports broadcasting, particularly Hockey Night in Canada, is a money-maker and could continue in a commercial venue. The news and current affairs could be broadcast commercial free.
Now, get talking to each other, you CBCers. Bring back my programs and my buddies. I miss Sook Yin Lee, George Stroumboulopoulos, Sheelagh Rogers, Don McSwiney, Jian Gomeshi, Peter McBain, Jeff Collins, Stuart McLean, and even Jim Brown (even though Eva says he sounds just like Troy McClure from the Simpsons).