‘In Lausanne this year, the Rose d’Or Awards are devoting an entire day to celebrating the CBC’

That’s quite the accolade! The Tea Makers thanks Richard Stursberg for bringing us this news. Stursberg also claims “CBC TV’s never been better”:

Ah, say our critics, we’re not “distinctive” because CBC shows are made within the same narrative and format conventions as many U.S. television shows. They argue that the Canadian privates could make these shows.

Maybe. But they don’t. CBC spends more on Canadian drama and comedy than all the privates combined. […]

But, say the critics, it’s not “high quality” and a public broadcaster needs to focus on quality, not popularity…. They want it to be a university lecture, a ballet, or a treatise on world hunger. […]

In English Canada, it’s sometimes argued that we’ve fallen away from CBC’s Golden Age in the 1970s and 1980s.

A lot of us here would be happy to return to the Golden Age of Da Vinci’s fucking Inquest and Intelligence. (And Opening Night. And The Fifth Estate with enough of a budget to rub two Schreibers together.)

Happily, the CBC is full of imaginative, intelligent and creative people. Sadly, we’re in the process of letting many of them go.

The CBC is one of those places where not only do the rats actually helm the sinking ship, they get to write op-ed pieces extolling the unheralded good works of rats and their rodentlike taste.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    F*cking Dick.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 8:47 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Tim Horton’s was such a fitting analogy, but for all the wrong reasons:

    – Tim’s long ago abandoned their core mandate to try to be everything to everyone. Good luck finding a donut there, you’ll have only 2 or 3 to choose from.

    – Tim’s was long ago sold off to the Americans

  3. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 8:37 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    It’s about the Tim Horton’s, remember?

    This is my problem with Richard. To him, CBC is drama in prime time on the CBC Television main net.

    To most of the rest of the organization, and the broadcasting act, CBC is much more.

    And this is the person who chastised us when we pointed out that he was choosing what lives and what dies.

    People cannot rally around this man.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Wow. That’s lame. Anyone who can type the words “Little Mosque” without puking is a die-hard bullshit monger.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Dick is a demon, sent from Hell to destroy all of us and what we work for.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 1:09 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Glad he’s happy with TV….because he’s absolutely raping regional radio to help with his vanity projects. Hope you’re happy, Dick — years from now, in the history books, you’ll be person identified as sparking the beginning of the end, the abandonment of the CBC’s mandate in regional radio. You should be proud, though…in just several years, you’ve managed to erode what it took 80 years to build up. Hope your PMSD bonus treats you well for reaching your quantitative objects years ahead of sked.

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