CBC News Network not even trying at historic national moment

As the country went wild with jubilation, CBC News had nothing.
Not even the smallest effort to be part of the excitement.
A giant expensive broadcasting facility in Vancouver sat idle.
No man-in-the-street interviews, no commentary, nothing LIVE from Vancouver or anywhere.
In fact it seemed as if the CBC went out of its way to make sure that no one was distracted from watching CTV.
A brief mention at the top of the hour, and it’s on to The Passionate Eye and the old standby – The Royals!

22 comments:

  1. Posted March 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    CityTV no longer has newscasts on weekends. Therefore, it’s not just the managers off, but the whole news department.

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      We have proof we don’t need those pompous fuckers any more. Totally anonymous citizens can do a far better job than dinosaurs with Alzheimers.

      • Agreed
        Posted March 3, 2010 at 11:10 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        The CBC has proven it’s irrelevant and no longer represents Canadians. The Titanic is sinking.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Apparently, CityTV missed their big opportunity take advantage of their Dundas Square location because the managers have the weekend off too…so much for 24-hour news.

  3. Anon
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    PS – It’s called counter programming.
    Anyone interested in the Olympic celebrations would be watching CTV. So why not provide an alternative for those anti-Olympic, monarchists.

  4. Anon
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    “Would a LIVE broadcast from the street or a bar that showed nearby screens of CTV broadcast constitute infringement?”

    According the official IOC News Access Rules, yes. If somebody could recognize the Olympics as being in the background on a TV screen, that is a violation.

  5. ananymous
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    This post proves this blog’s irrelevancy. If you don’t understand why there was no Olympic coverage on CBC, you cannot pretend to comment intelligently on the inner workings of broadcast networks.

    • Allanjoined April 10, 2009
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Much Music was there, broadcasting LIVE.
      The CBC is so old. And lazy. And uninspired. And uninspiring.

      • Kev
        Posted March 2, 2010 at 10:11 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        Yes, that wholly-owned CTVGlobeMedia channel was there. Do you have a point?

      • PeterInEdmonton
        Posted March 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        I watched some of Global National Sunday afternoon and THEY seemed to have no trouble placing a couple of reporters in front of cheering crowds on Vancouver streets and they aren’t owned by CTV – yet!

  6. IloveCTV
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Hello,

    There were no pictures because there was no plan. The assignment desk had no idea this should be something they should cover. They only do what they are told by the managers of the HUB. HUB mangers are off on the weekend. So be it. What a shame we missed it. Why try when the mangers don’t give a shit.

  7. Kev
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:45 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Congratulations! You don’t understand broadcast rights!

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Actually, Jian covered the Olympics last night moment-by-moment on Twitter. Isn’t that enough?

    • Copypasta
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Broadcast rights prevent the CBC from filming a celebration in the streets? What rights might these be?

    • Allanjoined April 10, 2009
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Reality is copyrighted?
      The top video of this post may have to come down if CTV or the Olympic committee objects, since it was their resources that gathered the material.
      That much I can understand.
      But all video shot inside that building or out on the streets of Vancouver, even by the CBC, is legitimate news gathering.
      Would a LIVE broadcast from the street or a bar that showed nearby screens of CTV broadcast constitute infringement? Don’t think so.
      Would stills from the event be prohibited? Apparently not, since that’s all the CBC could muster at the time, as per their newscast.
      Mustn’t upset the pre-ordained schedule with … what do you call that? … oh yeah, Breaking News!

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        CBC is totally LAME! You have to go to youtube to get the real juice. The Corp is officially dead, obsolete and IRRELEVANT as of this date. RIP

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      THANK YOU

    • Citizen
      Posted March 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      And congratulations to you, Kev, on a perfectly condescending response:

      “You, watching the TV, don’t know anything. So just be quiet and watch what we show you.”

      • Kev
        Posted March 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        I’d actually love it if people in general would take more interest in the general issue of which this is one facet, but I was replying to someone making a dog’s breakfast of media criticism, not addressing the audience. But feel free to play the salt of the earth card if you want.

        • Citizen
          Posted March 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

          I thought we *were* discussing it? Isn’t that what this site is about? Isn’t that what the post is about?

          If you have an opinion on the issue, let ‘er rip. We’re all reading.


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