All Quiet On A Street Called Front

Is it too far fetched to suggest that one can feel the mood at the TBC from across town? Across the country?
A somber mood that reflects the concerns of every employee.
What will Hubert announce tomorrow when he addresses the nation?
Many speculate that it will be the closing of a few remote local stations.
Even more choose simply to wait for the official word rather than waste time on guessing.
And a few choose a more pro-active approach.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    The elites have spoken. Demographics trump geography. All large cities are spared. Small centres with better audience numbers take the brunt of the hits. That’s even though small-city audience numbers are better, which suggests the relative importance of local CBC to those communities. The CBC also continues to bow to the false god that is the internet. No cuts there, either. What happens when the internet blows up? Forget about the losing economics, it’s not robust enough to handle outage threats.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 7:46 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Why is Denise Donlon even at the CBC? And at Radio 2 of all places?

    Why are Muchmusic grads running Radio 2, Radio 3, and hosting multiple shows on TV and Radio?

    Who in their right mind would consider Muchmusic a place to recruit talent from, or an appropriate background for hires?

    Is it simply laziness, that we somehow can’t find candidates from outside the 416 area code?

  3. Anonymous
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 7:15 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Denise Donlon on her frustrations with her job at Sony Canada “the moment I got through the door, by coincidence, the nasty spiralling vortex of downsizing began and a culture of ‘yes’ turned into a culture of ‘no’.” (From the Toronto Star)
    I wonder how she’ll do in the new CBC radio culture of “Your Fired” and downsizing.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Since the demise of Classic Radio 2 I have started to be more aware of what in CBC is important to me. None of that is specialty TV. Unfortunately ‘real’ TV doesn’t have enough personality to stand out from the crowd. Now very little is Radio 2. I used to accept and enjoy (or at least be expanded by) everything on Radio 1. Now there are shows (like The Point) that chase me to other stations. In fact it is the only regional programming, current affairs and news that guarantee my attention.

    ‘My CBC’ is different for all of us so I’m glad I don’t have to be the on to pull the plug. My thanks to all who have helped create the great broadcasting I have enjoyed for more than 30 years as I have travelled coast to coast.

    I hope you all are treated with respect and understanding when the cuts come.

    I will vote for a political party that supports the CBC and the arts in general. I wish I could vote against the management team that has chosen fluff as the way to pander to the current government.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    This is going to be a fascinating exercise: a small group of Ottawa/Toronto elites are going to decide which services stay and which are cut. I encourage everybody to try to discover the patterns, if any, that emerge. Will there be a high degree of consistency? Will certain places, such as Ottawa, be favoured more than others? Will Calgary be punished for being home to the Prime Minister? Will geography trump demographics? Or vice-versa? I’m hoping the president will lay out the ground-rules used for the decision-making. We’ll find out Thursday how equitably they were applied.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I think it’s best to keep expectations low, that way you won’t be disappointed by Hubert’s address. What we do know, is what the government thinks and we have a sense of what the Board, the President and the Senior Executive Team has said, based on last week’s notice. [That’s your cut in bonuses memo btw.]We know that representatives from all the Unions met with the SET two weeks ago.

    What we also know, is that we have a job today, work to do and a place to do it in. Simple, yes, but remaining in the present moment is the best stress buster I can recommend. Besides we have a responsibility to our users.

    Nevertheless, we are in the most critical time in the history of the CBC, in my opinion. It truly is time for the President to step up and lead by example and to wash away the primitive, Adam Smith notions of solving problems under the old, out-dated capitalist business model.

    We need and want a vision of a company and a public communicator [broadcaster is outmoded actually], that will lead rather than follow.

    As the Microsoft ad used to say, years ago: Where Do You Want to Go, Today?



  7. Anonymous
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 1:05 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Good luck, everyone.

    Hope springs eternal that the right people were consulted.

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