(Minor?) conflict of interest from Globemedia Temple

Kate Taylor, while otherwise lavishing praise on the Corpse’s Olympics coverage, notes:

Expect CBC to be a player in [Olympic broadcasting], despite continuing debate over whether a public broadcaster should cover an area of programming that commercial broadcasters are eager to take over.

And again a restatement of the hoary and contradictory talking point that as soon as a Private does something, CBC must forever stop doing that same thing.

If we’re talking about sports, let’s talk about women’s sports. (Are those two different things?) CTV finagled a licence to run the Women’s Sports Network – and they actually put it on the air. Should CBC have ceased to cover wymmynz sports at that point?

But when BCE shut down the network five years ago next month, what was supposed to happen then? CBC should stay out of that genre because the pool had been contaminated? CBC permanently lost its rights to the genre because a Private gave it a shot and it didn’t work out? Or wymmynz sports was such a loser that only the CBC should be doing it?

How is any of this different from the argument against Wal-Mart – when it comes to town, mom-’n’-pops shut down, and when it leaves, there aren’t any moms or pops left to replace it?

Again: If taken to its logical conclusion, is this not a method to eradicate the CBC? Just get enough Privates to run comparable shows. How often are we expected to toggle this on/off switch between the CBC and the Privates?

CBC may have been outbid by CTV for the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics and the 2012 London summer Olympics, but this week it got approval to start a digital channel largely dedicated to amateur sport, a crucial building block for future bids.

You heard it here first.

(Actually, wouldn’t a Women’s Sports Network be useful to CTV for future bids?)

In 2010, CTV will profit from the local setting and a time difference that neatly catapults afternoon events into Eastern prime time, but it will also have to match a standard of Olympics coverage that has been set by the CBC.


But where’s the admission that her paper and CTV and TSN are owned by the same conglomerate? While purely pro forma, it ain’t there. (CTV properties are advertised on the illegal billboards around the hydro substation across from Fort Dork.)


  1. Fake Ouimet
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 9:23 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I see where you’re coming from, Anonymous, but I enjoy several amateur sports, including bobsleigh and canoe/kayak. Boys’ side only, of course. I enjoy a lot of the segments on CBC Sports Saturday.

    Perhaps some amateur sports are ridiculous, but so is darts. (I was going to say cricket, but I’ve loved every game I’ve watched.) I think we could develop a taste if given a sample. The problem is that SportsPlus will be a diginet you have to sign up and pay for, leading to a selection bias.

    BTW, I’ve already seen a CBC promo for the Paralympics. Let’s see how they handle it.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Who is going to watch an amateur sports channel?
    High school football games? The inter-provincial table tennis championships? Special olympic volleyball?
    Who is going to watch this stuff? There is no market for amateur sports. Nobody watches Bold TV and nobody will watch the CBC’s amateur sports channel.
    Another stupid idea from the same people that gave Gill Deacon her own show.

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