The Star: Are Leafs to blame for cancellation of CBC TV shows?

The producer of MVP says she was recently warned by CBC programming director Kirstine Layfield that if the Leafs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, the public broadcaster’s arts and entertainment division would take a $10-million hit that would put some of the network’s much-heralded new shows at risk.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 14, 2008 at 5:21 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    What, ultimately, were the consequences of this terrifically embarassing episode? The whole country got to watch a senior executive engage in disingenuous and craven blame shifting. Was there disciplinary action? Was anyone fired? Hubert, this does very serious damage to what little is left of the Corporation’s credibility. What’s that? Nobody cares? Oh right.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 5:35 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Crazy! now if anyone outside of Toronto cared about the Leafs… JPOD is more entertaining than hockey anyway!

  3. Dwight Williams
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 2:08 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Weirdest aspect of the whole story I’ve yet to see. It makes a certain amount of sense, I suppose, but it still seems weird.

    There’s only so much “Blame Toronto!” a guy can be encouraged to practice, after all…

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 11, 2008 at 9:16 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Since when did the CBC pay for its own programming?
    The standard broadcast fee for any of the shows cancelled by the CBC would be less than six figures, so what’s the problem? Fire a few of your real estate agents or suspend Dick’s expense account – the only problem the CBC has with its budget is how to spend so much money every year.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted March 11, 2008 at 5:54 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Spinning out of control.

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