The damage is done.
An open letter delivered to CBC management that has been signed by more than twenty of the most respected journalists in our country is a serious gesture.
It’s a fairly clear indication that they have no confidence in their keepers.

The ball is now in the court of Richard Stursberg, once more, testing his resolve and judgement and strength of leadership.
And, so far, he has yet to come forward with a response.
He finds it difficult to accept that this is an argument he can’t win.
And one that can’t be passed off to a subordinate.

Stalling for weeks without responding?
Now, that’s a joke.


  1. Ouimet
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I’d like to open it up to more people who want to write and post, no matter what they clean.

    On that note, some people reading this should check their other email addresses. You know who you are.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Sorry, but… this is an Allan blog now? Seriously?

    Stick to marina cleaning.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Oh, and the illustration of the Bounty. The mutineers are taking over the ship and the captain and loyalists are in the longboat. I don’t see the correspondents taking over the TBC on Front Street, but making it hell for management is a different matter.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 1:04 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    For what it’s worth, Hubert did respond:

    Oct 27, 2008

    To: Joyce Napier

    Head, Foreign Correspondents Association

    Dear Joyce,

    Thank you for your letter of October 20th 2008, outlining your concerns about the contract status of correspondents Don Murray and Patrick Brown. I completely agree with your view of their qualities as journalists and the valuable service they’ve provided to CBC News throughout their careers. I cannot, however, accept your characterization of them as having been “cashiered” by the Corporation. This is simply not what happened.

    As you may be aware, as they wished not to relocate back to jobs in Canada, both Patrick and Don opted to take retirement with unreduced pensions in 2006. As a result, it is appropriate that future contracts be for a reasonable and limited time, not on an ongoing basis, as Mr. Burman suggests.

    Their current contracts have simply come to an end. We recognize the expertise that both Patrick and Don have brought to CBC and that is why they have both been told that we would like to continue to work with them on a freelance basis, and we hope to continue to see and hear them on CBC/Radio-Canada’s airwaves.

    CBC News has many priorities and obligations both at home and abroad, and to meet those, we constantly review all of our news budgets. For the last two years, Messieurs Murray and Brown have been doing special projects rather than fulfilling normal roles as foreign correspondents. In London and China, where we have two fully staffed foreign bureaux, we can flexibly use the resources from these two contract positions without cutting back on our commitment to foreign reporting and the service these two bureaux provide to Canadians.

    Like many Canadians, I value the tremendous contribution that all of our foreign correspondents make and the essential part that international news plays in our commitment to the public. We will do everything we can to manage our resources to ensure that our commitment to news remains strong.


    Hubert T. Lacroix
    President and CEO

  5. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 10:45 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Isn’t he off to Global anyway?

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