Editor: The editorial describes the latest CBC budget reduction as death by a thousand cuts which is only partly true. CBC senior management have been so focused on budgets they have neglected to fulfil their purpose and mandate to Canadians. CBC is supposed to present our viewpoint and promote our way of life and act to unify the country which they have failed to do. Instead our best TV programmes are sold to U.S. stations and we get the left-overs such as RMR —Rick Mercer Reruns. I hope you like reruns because expect to see an increase soon. The CBC lost the crown jewel of Hockey Night In Canada so now there isn’t much left to watch except the national news and curling.
Old standbys like Fifth Estate are stale and the comedy shows are too. These TV programmes can’t compete so CBC is losing audience share and ad revenues which only make the problem worse. Between the Harper cuts and gross mismanagement, the future of the CBC is non-existent.