While I don’t wish ill to the several hundred CBC employees to be axed, the sooner this dinosaur meets its asteroid, the better. The mother corp has long since ceased to represent Canadians, rather forcing a vision of Canada which panders to a particular set of voters matched with barely disguised contempt for any political party other than the Liberals. This coupled with amateurish and frankly embarrassing television content, is it any wonder that advertisers abandoned them in droves? I for one can’t wait for the corpse to give its last shudder and expire. Jay Currie summarises my feelings much better than I can write:
A billion a year to bring Canadians Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
10,000 employees (less today’s 800)…what could they possibly be doing. I mean if you are going to buy syndicated crap you pick up a phone and call the syndicator. Then you write a cheque. Even at government staffing levels that’s a five person job.
Bloated and stupid.
From time to time I’ve written about a clerisy – in the Arnold/Elliot sense. These are irritating people, convinced of their own literary and cultural superiority, the certain truth of AGW, the vileness of America (at least under Bush) and the virtue of Canada. While I may not like them very much, they were the bedrock base of a) CBC-2, b) the CBC in general. Not that they watched television you understand. While plenty other people listened to CBC-2 the clerisy actually saw it as important and, to a degree, went to bat to try to save it. They failed and, in their failure, eliminated the articulate defence of the CBC in general.