Richard Stursberg fired

“When Richard was appointed executive vice-president of CBC Television six years ago he brought with him a revolution that shook the foundation of the organization and eventually of the whole of our English services. He challenged every premise, attacked conventional wisdom, and uprooted whole parts of the internal culture. Six years later, the institution is better off than it was. I want to acknowledge his success in turning CBC Television around and thank him for his contribution.”

President Hubert Lacroix
Knowlton Nash@cbc_archives via Twitter
Helen Spitzer @helenspitzer via Twitter
john doyleJohn Doyle via Twitter

insidethecbc-2010-08-07-at-9.49.41-AMInside the CBC

55 comments:

  1. Anonymous
    Posted September 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Gay Predator dick.

  2. Albert from Kelowna
    Posted August 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Please privatize the CBC. Very few Canadians watch it. Most Canadians don’t want to pay for it. And it is very damaging to public discourse by being so crassly politicaly correct so that stories can’t even be told. Please give me a cheque for 33$ instead.

    • why are we all paying for these shits?
      Posted August 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Agreed. These clowns are incapable of understanding why the CBC is in its death throes. Canadians didn’t leave the cBC; the CBC left them. You can read the contempt the Corpse’s apperatchuks have for the public they claim to serve in the comments here.

      Competition is desperately needed to give Canada a true marketplace of ideas. Put Sun TV on basic cable, and remove taxpayer funding of the CBC.

    • Anonymous
      Posted August 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      With you 100%. Why exhibit effort? CBC liberal civil servants get paid regardless. G-20 protesting hippie socialists at the CBC demand tax dollars to create news & entertainment geared towards 3% of Canadians, who happen to be g-20 protesting hippie socialists. Funny how that works, ain’t it?

    • Fake David Séguin
      Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:49 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      You bleeding-heart Trotskyists who want the state-controlled, so-called “free market” to run the CBC probably lap up the anti-capitalist, collectivist garbage that spews forth from CTV and Global, unchecked and unfettered.

      Your lack of skill at grammatical construction shows me you think it more important to toil under the collective farms under the hammer and sickle than to be properly equipped for a true, free 21st century marketplace.

      I guess a Stephen Harper majority will have to do in order to sweep you anti-CBC types into the dustin, but when we get a REAL leader into place — someone with actual intestinal fortitude — you pinkos who are against the CBC will thankfully be silenced. I’m sure when the time is right you’ll leave your place in queue at the welfare office, blindly slap on some patchouli and stand arm-in-arm in your road-beaten Birkenstocks at some “privatize-the-CBC” sit-in. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU’RE BEING PLAYED. You who are against the CBC are the worst kind of socialist: you don’t even know that you ARE one.

      Go watch your Marxist Sun TV. I’m sure it’ll gladly provide you with the directions to your new jobs in the forced labour camps you dream about in your Commie paradise. Maybe they’ll teach you how to write while they’re at it; you can spend your days etching out homilies to the “Dear Leader”.

      • Anonymous
        Posted August 11, 2010 at 7:25 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        I chuckled when I imagined a fully snapped Joe Clard writing this.

        Love it!

    • holy crap
      Posted August 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      What the fuck are you people talking about???

    • Anonymous
      Posted August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Liberals cut CBC’s funding, Canadians didn’t care. Conservatives cut CBC’s funding (but not enough) and Canadians didn’t care. It’s only a matter of time. CBC preaches to a very tiny audience, mostly radical green/NDP types, and some far-left liberals. Its funding will continually be cut back, so that’s good news. We could privatize it tomorrow, and only 5% of Canada would get angry.

  3. Richard Rambone
    Posted August 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Finally! Awesome!

    Billinger is next – about time too! You can only bullshit somone with acess to google so long. All those backstabs will be comming back to haunt you Stevie! See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya!

  4. Kon Rad
    Posted August 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Well don’t stop there. Already the cunning cockroaches of the seventh have moved up. Someone grab a can of Raid.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted August 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Oh, thank God for this! I never thought I’d see the day. Six years too late, in my books. I sure do hope that his replacement will be someone who can pull the CBC out of its terrible malaise, but I fear that they will only try to find his clone. His interim replacement, for example, is best known for bringing us The Hour. How could any fresh face in that corp hope to revitalize a culture that has had too long to commit itself to a self-destructive path?

  6. Manford
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    No repacements are needed. NO TAXPAYER FUNDING IS NEEDED

    • Charmin
      Posted August 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Hello Manford.
      How are things goin in Darwin’s waiting room?
      I see it’s before noon so they probably haven’t handed out the meds yet.
      Looking forward to your next response because you bring so much
      to the party.

      • Anonymous
        Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        You seem a little upset with any opposing views. Do you think all Canadians love having to pay for left wing Liberal views being shoved down our necks. Not all of us believe in anti capitalism, David Suzuki crap, and socialism. People like yourself have been listening to this BS so long you actually believe in it.

        Good Luck

        • Anonymous
          Posted August 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

          Friend, you are tedious and annoying, and you either don’t know what you’re talking about or you’re doing a very poor job of being deceptive.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Former CBC manager Ron Devion’s note to CBC President Hubert Lacroix:

    Dear Mr. Lacroix,

    We have never met, however, as a person who spent 40 years as a former CBC TV employee in various capacities e.g., Program Director CBLT Toronto, Head of TV Network Sports, Director of TV for CBC B.C., Head of the Host Broadcaster for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, I wish to applaud your decision to rid the organization of an individual who almost single-handedly destroyed the reputation of Canada’s English Public Broadcaster.

    Mr. Stursbergs ill-advised strategic decisions, in both television and radio, during his tenure, has done more to erode the confidence of Canadians, especially those loyal CBC audiences, and current and former staff and contract employees, than any other single individual who has ever held a decision making position at the public broadcaster.

    It was obvious to most listeners/viewers/employees past and present, that he did not understand or care about the purpose and importance of a public broadcaster’s role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant Canadian democracy. Chasing ratings is not and never should be the end game of a public broadcaster.

    The silence of the politicians and CBC Board speaks volumes. I just hope it is not too late.

    Good hunting in your search for a more suitable replacement(s), i.e. one for CBC TV and one for CBC Radio.
    Two very distinct services that require separate leadership.

    Sincerely yours,
    Ron Devion
    736-6880 Wallace Drive,
    Brentwood Bay, B.C., V8M1N8
    250-652-6718

  8. Duck Boy
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    So will Carole be banished the weekends on CBCNN or will they give her the anchor chair at CBLT that Diana couldn’t wait to leave?

  9. CBCblah
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Garbage in, garbage out. I wonder which Moses Znaimer disciple Hubert will hire as Dick’s replacement?

  10. Anonymous
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Doesn’t matter…top CBC execs are execrably interchangeable, as are their talent, shows and ideas.

    I am sure the leftist incest party that is the corpse will continue on its merry way after Stursberg is gone.

    • Manford
      Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      100% agree what a bunch of leftist loonies on here. Welcome Sun Tv Network

  11. Raoule Duke
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:06 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Can we hire someone with experience and talent this time?

  12. iggy arbuckle
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:42 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    May his replacement start by reversing The Fifth Estate cuts… and finish with the reinstatement of regional radio current affairs.

    • Manford
      Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Goodbye CBC you 1.2 billion dollar per year blood suckers. Wait for the Harper majority. CBC will have to stand on its own feet. Left wing TV will be goneYahoo

      • Bytowner
        Posted August 9, 2010 at 4:57 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        One problem with that: you need both wings in order to fly at all. Amputate left or right wing, and you’re left with a grounded bird. Which isn’t that much fun to watch. Or be.

  13. anon
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:02 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Amazed at how many posters think this was about the nature of CBC TV. This kind of 4 pm Friday dismissal is usually about money.

    • Anonymous
      Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:04 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Actually took place THURSDAY afternoon. Stursberg had vacation time starting Friday – serendipitous? Not just about the money dweeb…

  14. Charmin
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 7:25 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    A ten ton elephant just took an eight ton dump.

  15. Anonymous
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 2:17 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I vote for Nicholas Campbell. He knows the business, and he’s not afraid to gamble.

    • Manford
      Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      I vote not to fund this left wing loony toon network

      • God Hates You For Being So Stupid
        Posted August 8, 2010 at 10:51 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        I vote we spend that billion dollars euthanizing fuckwits like you!

        • Manford
          Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

          You seem a little upset with an opposing view. You been watching a little too much of that CBC vitreol. Not all Canadians believe in socialism and spread the wealth crap that CBC espouses continually.

          Have a nice day and change the channel

          • Anonymous
            Posted August 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm | #

            Vitriol has an “i” in it. My socialist eduacational system taught me that. K’ byeeee!!!

          • Manford
            Posted August 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm | #

            Sorry for the typo in vitriol

  16. 'bout time
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 2:01 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Can we please stop using “properties” as the reference to programming, that was indicative of dick’s attitude… property this and property that, I swear to God he thought he was playing monopoly, put a hotel on park place, sell the railroads etc… oh yeah and “eyeballs”, we need more “eyeballs” which means more ad dollars. Don’t for a second even think about content, focus on “properties” and “eyeballs”.

    He was such a one-trick pony, he must have taken a stats 101 course in the 50s and then got a lobotomy…”look at this red, look at that number, we are increasing our green and reducing our percentage over there and now look at the picture of the ocean and all the dolphins swimming” It may give people a relaxing sense of simplicity, but can the entertainment business be run on the numbers alone? It takes foresight, fortitude and a bunch of other f’s an old fucker like dick just doesn’t have. The biggest joke was that senior managers just ate that shit like candy.

    Who is the right person now? I’m not paid enough to think that hard, but it sure as hell was not him and will be nobody like him. Maybe we need to link the next chumps salary to the success of the business… not just the bonus. Oh and maybe try not to hire a white man over 45… wrong demographic, those eyeballs are worth – less.

  17. Uniontype
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:52 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    If only Richard Stursberg had used his intellect, skills and position
    for good, instead of evil.

  18. Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:28 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    goodbye to the CBCkiller, get the fuck outta the building and dont forget you lame ass artwork, you waste of human existence!
    You destroyed my beloved CBC, & you need a good blowjob from georgie s, wait, he cant give you a blowjob, (he’s too busy swallowing Light’s warm cream), oh wait you just looked down and realized you have no decent size friend down there, good to see it matches you overwhelming lack of testicular fortitude.
    good riddance stursberg, go cannibalize global or CTV they would love your style.

  19. Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Can we finally wave goodbye to all the B-list American celebrities selling themselves to Canadians on the CBC?

  20. Happy Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Stursberg never had the balls or business clout in the private sector to raise capital and funding to start his own broadcast network IPO so he raped a crown corporation network instead and used taxpayers money to compete with the private sector : ” ratings are the #1 priority factor” he professed.
    Goodbye Richard and please close the door behind you ( for forever) when you leave the building.
    Let’s now once again try & regain radio’s integrity
    Let’s hopefully restart to produce in-house productions again ( as the French network did (thank you Sylvain) and produce more than just news.
    Oh and by the way Richard – Don’t call us – we certainly won’t call you.

  21. A-nony-nony
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    … and Radio 3 as a broadcaster, and Radio 4, 5, 6 for other streams.
    I know, lets imitate the BBC, the ABC and so on

  22. Fork Dorkus
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    So, when do we get Radio One and Radio Two back?

  23. Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    also good that helen spitzer is not currently at cbc!

  24. Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    bye bye ‘socks’

  25. Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    what will happen to carole? will he leave her behind enemy lines? will she stay?
    awkward.

  26. Posted August 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Aww yeah! Thanks for that, Tweet Makers. Maybe we can reach 2,000 followers by the end of August after all.

  27. Anonymous
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I think I speak for many of us when I say, good riddance, motherfucker.

  28. Enik Sleastak
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Yeah, he uprooted whole parts of the internal culture, all right. Whee.

    • Bill
      Posted August 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      Its sad that this took so long this man has done CBC huge damage..

      Let’s hope its not too late!

      Bill

    • Manford
      Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

      When will this 1.2 billion dollar per year taxpayer funded network have all funding cut. I am sick and tired of this Leftwing Liberal BS parading as a real news source. Amazing how many LOSER Canadians believe the crap on CBC. Welcome Sun News TV.

      • anonymous
        Posted August 8, 2010 at 1:35 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

        Sun TV is geared towards mouth-breathers. People who are dumb enough to be manipulated by fear.

        • Anonymous
          Posted August 8, 2010 at 1:44 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

          …and people who are myopic enough to see the world in simple left-wing vs. right-wing terms. No complexity or finesse allowed. Or reality, for that matter.

          • Manford
            Posted August 8, 2010 at 1:59 am | #

            I just do not like to fund CBC an arm of the left, loser, entitlement crowd from the Saskatchewan border east. No difference in the CTV anti Conservative bunch only that CTV is not getting 1.2 billion per year from the taxpayer. I have no problem with CBC spewing their anti capitalism, green, David Suzuki crap. I believe in FREE speech. I just don’t figure taxpayers need fund this nonsense.


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