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And on the Sith Day…CBC Programming Continued to Rest…

12-Oct-05 08:02 pm EST Leave a comment Go to comments
Lowell Green, a morning AM talk radio show host on Ottawa’s last surviving AM talk radio staiton, CFRA 580, broke away from his usual routine and made a valid point on my morning commute to work: where is the CBC’s programming?  CBC Radio 1 was still broadcasting a message indicating the labour action had ended but that programming was still getting back on its feet.  And Green whose lost little love for the CBC during this chapter in its politically sordid history asked a very valid question: what’s the hold up???
 
Well, a CBC employee called into Green’s show to give him a piece of his mind; doubtlessly incenxed by the typically inflammatory manner Green uses to stir up listeners into a ratings-generating frenzy.  Unfortunately, the poor caller was armed with an abundance of hubris and an at least equal defecit of wit.  Citing Green as incompetent despite his 5 decades in radio media, the caller stated vaguely that the CBC was a much larger organization that offered more complex programming and that putting such high-quality, sophsticated programming as that on CBC radio one "takes time; [it] doesn’t just happen overnight….as it would for CFRA."
 
I admit, it was hard to not be completely swayed by Green’s arguments if for no other reason than the pedandic, plodding and exceptionally vague rationale offered by the caller – and most of all his expectation that Green and the rest of the listeninng public ought not question the delay in getting CBC back on the air – simply because of its supposed obvious superiority to programming offered by independants like CFRA.  But its pretty clear that many CBC staff have lost touch with the public they purport to serve if they think for a second that Canadians see them as being somehow so superior to the alternatives out there they as a public corporatino are above account.
 
Because however dumb we, the listening public are to the employees of the CBC – it’s our  money.  And Lowell’s right about this: we’re owed an explanation – depicted in crayon if that’s what it takes to gain our understanding.
 
Although (and I hesitate to add this) I’ll just bet we’re smart enough to be able to distinguish pretentious, overstated, pampered crown corporation bureaucracy ahead of a group that somehow went through an 8-week-long strike and let itself get duped by its union into thinking it won something without any of its original demands being conceded.
 
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