Posts by Tea Makers operative the desk of Hubert T. Lacroix

One Less Bell to Answer, One Less Egg to Fry

August 6, 2010 – Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president, English services, is leaving CBC/Radio-Canada effective today. 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 the whole of our English services. He challenged every premise, attacked conventional wisdom, […]

Trippin with Hubert

Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s always a pleasure to come out to beautiful Vancouver. I’m a drug user and, amongst all of the great things your city has to offer, I must tell you that you have one of the best cities in the country in which to get high. But I did not come to […]

Looking ahead to May

May 1, 2009 – It’s been a pretty interesting week (understatement!), so I thought I’d drop you a quick line. CBC/Radio-Canada had two important appearances this week: mine before the Heritage Committee on Monday and another by Steven Guiton, Richard Stursberg, Sylvain Lafrance, Louis Lalande, François Conway and Bev Kirshenblatt before the CRTC on Wednesday. […]

Answers to a few of your questions

Last week was a long and difficult week for all of us. I know that you got, and are still getting, more details on how the changes will affect our operations from your respective management teams. We still have a lot to work through and talk through. We’ll keep doing that. On financial flexibility People […]

Invitation to CBC/Radio-Canada’s financial update via closed-circuit

Join the Senior Executive Team and me on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:45 a.m. ET for an overview of our financial situation, strategy and the changes to come. This presentation will be high-level and strategic, rather than operational. You can expect your Vice-Presidents and their management teams to start rolling out specific operational announcements within […]

Update on Board meeting, and town-hall planned for March 25th

The Board met in Toronto on Monday and Tuesday to focus on the plan for next year and, more importantly, for managing our way through this financial crisis. The discussions were demanding and complex, and everyone around the table understands just how much is at stake for the public broadcaster, its people, programs and services. […]

Seeing our way through tough financial times

Many of you will know that, as early as September, we forecasted a worsening of the economic climate and, in fact, Richard Stursberg went as far as informing all his staff of actions taken to respond. On October 31, Richard further announced to his staff his assessment of the effect of the widening economic crisis […]

An important message from President Hubert: Standing up to criticism with a clear agenda

I have been reading a lot of nasty, out-of-context stuff recently about our senior executives in the papers owned by our competitors, notably a series of articles in The Sun and Le Journal de Montréal. This Corporation prides itself on its accountability and responsible use of its limited resources, particularly since 60 per cent of […]

Letter from the CBC President concerning the retirement of Patrick Brown and Don Murray

Oct 27, 2008 To: Joyce NapierHead, Foreign Correspondents Association Dear Joyce,Thank you for your letter of October 20th 2008, outlining your concerns about the contract status of correspondents Don Murray and Patrick Brown. I completely agree with your view of their qualities as journalists and the valuable service they’ve provided to CBC News throughout their […]

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