Time: CBC in a Jam

From Time Magazine:

Canada’s ordinarily bland and imperturbable radio and TV network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reeled along last week, leaderless and groggy from cumulative misfortune. For 22 years almost nothing happened at the CBC; suddenly, strikes, temperament and scandal popped up all over.

(special thanks to Trevor Ross for sending me the link.)


  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 10:55 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Plus ca change…
    You realize, of course, that this article dates from 1959! How little the world of Mother Corp has changed!

  2. Paul Gorbould
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 8:13 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I’m sorry to hear about your heart attack.

  3. Enik Sleastak
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 6:37 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    And how can anyone resist posting this excerpt?

    “The CBC is run by the government as a nation-binding cultural medium in a country that is strung-out, bilingual and unattractive to private networks. It tries to keep down its subsidy…by selling commercials in a gentlemanly, low-pressure way. With its money, the CBC turns out a satisfactory and varied diet of Canadian-produced live and film programs, plus an occasional spectacular piped in from the U.S. The network’s dilemmas are 1) how to be above politics when the government is paying the bills, and 2) how to apportion program production costs between the government and the advertiser.”

  4. Anonymous
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 5:20 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece


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