CBC Video

This CBC Video page is a pretty good start at something that could be much bigger. And I do think it’s a start – an unfinished page that somehow escaped the firewall.

There are some clips that can be found at other places on CBC.ca, but some entirely new ones, and the beginnings of a multimedia library that could grow exponentially.

It has the National every night plus batshit hockey players, Noam Chomsky on the Hour, Leni Riefenstahl on Hitler, disco Guy Lafleur, some prime ZeD, and even some NSFW.


  1. hugh
    Posted May 15, 2006 at 12:31 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    ok cbc.ca/video is an ok start, but where are the RSS feeds? this may sound like an obscure techy question, but jaisus if you want your content eaten by some public, make it easy for them to eat it. also: why embed the vid files instead of making them available to download?

    the medium DOES matter – esp clear if you don’t understand it. which CBC does not. there is a big willing market of eyeballs hungry fo good online content, but you have to understand how to get at them.

    an almost-good service that would be made much gooder with a little bit of understanding of how the web works, which does not seem to be CBC strong suit.

  2. angry mothafucka #379
    Posted May 10, 2006 at 5:37 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    man, freestyle is shite.

  3. Ouimet
    Posted May 9, 2006 at 5:41 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    And no need to apologize for airing your frustrations. My target demographic happens to be “angry motherfuckers.”

  4. DEW in Ottawa
    Posted May 9, 2006 at 5:24 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Know, Frank, that there are those of us in the viewing audience who share your frustration and desire to fix the problem.

    On your terms, not those of the Senior Management Council’s, or their bosses on Parliament Hill.

  5. CBC Frank
    Posted May 9, 2006 at 12:42 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Who cares, at this juncture, whether they are made available via the internet or microwave.


    Does a painter know his canvas, paints and brushes?

    Does a composer know the many instruments of his/her orchestra?

    Does a playwright know his stage and his actors, his characters?

    Does a film director know the sound, the lighting, the film, the camera, the angles, etc, even if only by refering to the many professionals you see in the credits at the end of a movie?

    How do you figure that content without a venue is going anywhere? When a Hollywood producer says ‘Yes, I’ll sink millions into this production’ don’t you suppose s/he needs to know that the whole process is a well-oiled machine and will deliver?

    We’ve lost all sense of that here; the actual broadcasting process has become a necessary evil. This may be acceptable for the many talking head shows we do, but not for anything artistically demanding. We’ve pensioned off a lot of expensive talent. Too bad.

    You’re going to have to forgive my ‘don’t give a shit’ frustration, it was well earned.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted May 9, 2006 at 11:37 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    If you don’t give a shit about content you get “Freestyle” and your service is indefensible. It doesn’t matter whether they are produced at TPC or by independents, you have to focus on making better programs. Who cares, at this juncture, whether they are made available via the internet or microwave. It’s getting very near midnight for you folks, the choice between filling a vacant management position or creating a new one for a writer should be obvious.

  7. CBC Frank
    Posted May 9, 2006 at 11:13 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Who gives a shit… we’re being dismantled because the present management want to get out of the messy business of broadcasting.

    They’re prepared to sell the TPC plant to any Dollarama willing to pay the square footage because they figure that between rental income and government appropriations they can buy whatever fashion of mandate-satisfying programming they’re asked to cough up, not realizing that the most CBC will every be able to do for the public is to hunker down and make high quality programming that can be sold to many markets, and when there’s enough profit to warrant, make something for Canadians.

    Sorry, that’s what broadcasting costs to make, and there’s NO way the Canadian public will ever want to foot the entire cost.

    We’re a production facility, and we’re not treated as one.

    I realize that your post is about that ever-sacred ‘content’, in this case on cbc.ca, but it must be clear that you can’t sell the venue in order to spend on content generation; that’s like selling you one delivery truck in order to keep your courier business afloat. How long do you think that will work?

  8. Anonymous
    Posted May 7, 2006 at 4:21 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Adapting to new delivery systems should not be the issue. It has adundant resources (and excess management) to handle those changes. The problem is the paucity of content. The CBC urgently needs more creators.

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