Archive for the ‘CBC’ Category

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Goodbye rural Canada – So asks the CBC

March 14, 2007

The CBC has asked the CRTC the right to stop the broadcasting their analogue signal to Rural Canada. I guess that some technocrat up at the CBC made a calculation that proves that they could save X amount of money if this was done. Whether or not maney could be saved, I am shocked but not surprised that they would want to do such a thing.

The CBC needs a wake-up call. I hope that we will see a re-vamping of the CBC, where they will be set-up in a PBS like system of commercial free television.  The CBC’s need to make money and to compete for commercial reevenues has forced the CBC to lose its soul. How could they even consider such a thing, as to cut-off rural Canada. If the CBC leaves, so will everyone else. Its their duty to broadcast coast-to-coast and its their main redemption that Canada still believes that the CBC means something. Why go and shoot yourself in the foot, by acting like CTV or Global.

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The CBC biased!

March 12, 2007

Is CBC news biased? According to Tom Flanagan, a political science professor at the University of Calgary and former Harper insider, he believes that their liberal left leaning point of view stops the CBC from delivering fair news content to Canadians. Using the latest reports that the CBC did regarding The Prime Minister’s announcement about appointing judges that would share his governments point of views above others.

You know, I live in Quebec right now and the same could be said of Radio-Canada, which was even publicly admonished by its own committee as having had a negative impact on the 2001 Quebec elections because of the way it portrayed the ADQ.

The CBC on the other had seems to be a little bit more professional, although it does seem to lean to the left a bit more then to the right. Most of us shrug off such leaning saying that with Global, CTV, TVA and TQS to compete with, its good to have a couple of broadcasters that show another point of view. I don’t agree with that logic. The CBC and Radio-Canada are publicly funded companies and benefit from a higher level of respect then all the other networks when it comes to their news content. We justify public funded television as a safeguard of our national identity, and I would tend to agree with that also. Moreover a publicly funded broadcaster has a duty to show us the news from every Canadians point of view, and therefor should do their best to be objective and live up to their mandate.

What seems to happen is human nature takes over, and people feel that they have free reigns to report the news in any fashion they see fit, which is fine, except that Canada is composed of people from every political spectrum including conservatives, so they deserve to be heard also.

Pressure groups, that have liberal leanings, get more airtime and media attention from the CBC then groups from the Right. I would rather see, more in depth reporting that would give us a clearer image of what is happening with the world around us then have to listen to one more interview, between a CBC reporter on Newsworld and some groups PR rep.. .filling in the blanks for a journalist that just doesn’t have the time to investigate anymore.

Only time will tell as to what will become of the CBC. We may have to save them from themselves.

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What’s in a name….

February 22, 2007

Canadian viewers have Lost their way. If they could watch tv for 24 hours, what would they turn to? Would they use some of their intelligence and support our Canadian productions.

Canadians have global tastes, we like a good story, filled with heroes, and good storytelling. But what we must answer is this… If Canadians no longer watch Canadian television… who will tell us what it means to be Canadian…. Will our culture be a survivor of the 21st century… or will we become a statistic

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Suzuki meet Mercer….

February 20, 2007

Canada’s best known environmentalist will be on Canada’s only superstar’s show, the Mercer Report, tonight on the CBC.

Rick Mercer is a force of nature, so I will be watching tinight’s show with my usual enthousiasm. For those of you who arn’t familliar with Rick, I stronlgy sugest that you read his blog, which you will find here.

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Rick Mercer’s Blog

February 6, 2007

I invite all Canadians to stay up to speed with Rick Mercer’s Blog, he does not update it often but it is always a good read when he does write something. It can be found here rickmercer.blogspot.com