Looks like the CBC is about to get its ass kicked

It has nothing to do with right versus left and everything to do with interesting versus boring.

~ Rob Silver

Anyone care to guess which channel would represent the “boring” part of that equation?
Too easy, right?
Because no matter what Stursberg and Layfield tell us about the current “success” of their work, the consensus of opinion is that, in truth, there has never been a lower point in the history of the CBC than the dull, irrelevant, lifeless broadcaster that’s been offered up these past few years.
And it seems that the duller the CBC gets, the more it falls into denial, and a defensive arrogance that comes from having well-paying jobs within a secure beaurocracy .
But it appears their smug safety is about to be challenged.

It’s being referred to as “Fox North”, but whatever its official name becomes later today, by this time next year it should be wiping the floor with the CBC News Network.
And CBCNN deserves what’s coming – a very big wake-up call.

And we will all be better for it.


  1. Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:30 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    While visiting the States recently, people told me they watched “The National” because it had more in-depth stories about American news than any of their American news programs. At first, it was a compliment. But then, it confirmed my belief that the CBC is more interested in increasing their audience in the States then it is in servicing the people who PAY FOR IT!

    • Anonymous
      Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:45 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      How are these Americans watching The National? On the web?

      • Curb Your Enthusiasm
        Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:07 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        I don’t know. I wasn’t doing a market survey. It was dinner conversation.

  2. anon
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:33 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    The CBC has a huge news gathering infrastructure in place. The upstarts have to build it from the ground up. “Interesting” content cost money, there is less supply than there is demand. The subsidized CBC cannot currently afford much of it. The potential audience is small, revenue from advertising is tiny. It’s a dying medium for news. Quebecor is going to lose another shirt on this one.

    • Allanjoined April 10, 2009
      Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:56 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      ’śInteresting’ť content costs money?
      Please explain how that applies to The Hour and Q.

  3. LocalYokel
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:21 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Fisher and english twang MacNamara (sp err?) had a little guffah about this yesterday on Here and Now. She had interviewed Ezra Levant earlier in the day about the Fox style channel and she played the clip. “Boring” came up and it was clear who was being targeted. Levant also wants to be involved somehow.
    The CBC had better find some intelligent quick witted people very quickly who can counter the endless jabs that’ll be gleefully be tossed at the staid CBC.

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