Monday, April 23, 2012

CBC Montreal

CBC Montreal by susanvg
CBC Montreal, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
I am an avid radio listener and almost always have my radio tuned to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). The quality of the journalism is excellent and there is quite a variety of shows. Not all are my taste, but they are trying to appeal to a variety of  audiences. No matter where you go in Canada, you can tune in to the CBC. It lets you hear viewpoints from different parts of the country; it supports musicians through the recording of live concerts; it ties the country together. As a public broadcaster, it does not have to kowtow to the whims of advertisers and so can allow for a large diversity of opinions as well as present stories without being censored by the fear of losing advertising. CBC was a major supporter of Canadian culture.

That was then... Our current government, led by Steven Harper, does not like the CBC. They have slashed funding considerably. Many job cuts are imminent; recording of concerts will be greatly curtailed. This trickles down to less funding for musicians and the arts in general, less investigative journalism, less regional news etc. For television, this means fewer made in Canada shows, more reruns and, of course, less work for actors and anyone involved in the broadcast industry.

Private networks, beholden to advertisers cannot offer the same level of commitment to Canadian culture, nor do they attempt to cater to a variety of audiences. Money, the bottom line, is what counts and that does not lead to support of the arts. Rather it caters to the lowest common denominator.

to learn more about the cuts


2 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed your blog post Susan. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  2. I think most popular tv appeals to the lowest possible denominator!

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