Archive for the ‘CBC’ Category

Remove that offensive Canada!

- March 27th, 2013

Apparently Radio-Canada is contemplating (story in French) changing its name. I wouldn’t bet on “Canada” staying.

Sun News Network needs your help

- January 29th, 2013

If you find Sun News Network useful and want us treated fairly by regulators, please help us by contacting the CRTC to stand up for us.

Like many of those who work here, and indeed like Pierre Karl Peladeau, CEO of Quebecor Inc. of which we are a subsidiary, I would prefer a free market in television in Canada, with no mandatory carriage or fees set by regulators. But as Peladeau notes, that’s not what we have in Canada now. And until we do, the basic principle of equality before the law surely requires that we be put on a level playing field with our competitors.

If you want to help, if you’re willing to sign a petition or send the CRTC a letter (short and polite, please) you will find our instructions on how to do it here. We really need your help.


CRTC concerned with number of CBC journos going into politics

- November 19th, 2012

Openly concerned, I mean. Calling it “alarming”. Going so far as to wonder out loud whether there shouldn’t be a cooling off period for CBC/Radio-Canada journalists who want to jump into politics. Story, in French, here.

Gatineau — La controverse au sujet des journalistes de Radio-Canada qui ont fait le saut en politique a rebondi lundi aux audiences du CRTC sur le renouvellement de ses licences, le président demandant si cela n’entachait pas la crédibilité de la société d’État.

Le vice-président du Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC), Tom Pentefountas, a même dit y voir «un fléau».

Il a qualifié d’«alarmant» le rythme auquel «Radio-Canada perd ses chefs de bureau de Québec».

Les cas de l’ex-journaliste Bernard Drainville et, plus récemment, de son collègue Pierre Duchesne, devenu ministre du Parti québécois après les dernières élections provinciales, ont ramené le débat à l’avant-scène.

La situation est une préoccupation qui nécessite réflexion, estime Hubert Lacroix, le président de Radio-Canada – CBC. Il a toutefois défendu les actions de la société d’État lorsque son ancien chef de bureau, Pierre Duchesne, a rejoint le Parti québécois.

Well, CBC, which is it?

- August 1st, 2012

A CBC producer invites the prime minister and his communications director, by email, to hang out in their private box at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. When Brian Lilley reports on this, the CBC snaps back that there was no private box, just a “stand-up position”. Now call me simple-minded if you like, but – having spent some time working at stand-up positions – I would not invite the prime minister to hang out with me at a stand-up position. As the name suggests, there isn’t even a chair there. It’s usually pretty loud. There’s wires everywhere and a camera right in your face. It’s not swanky. At all. So either the CBC producer invented a private box that didn’t exist, or else there was a private box that they’re now not admitting to.

Which is it?

UPDATE: “Essentially, she was joking.”

Oh look, another partisan Radio-Canada journalist

- July 6th, 2012

Pierre Duchesne

The Parti Quebecois just confirmed what we’ve known for a few days now: Former Radio-Canada journalist Pierre Duchesne will run for the separatist party in the next election.

MONTREAL – For the second time in five years, a French CBC reporter is taking heat for joining the separatist Parti Quebecois.

Pierre Duchesne, who once wrote an unauthorized biography of hardline separatist former premier Jacques Parizeau, will announce Friday he’s joining the party that wants to take Quebec out of Canada.

Duchesne retired as Radio-Canada’s Quebec City correspondent on June 15.

His former colleague, Bernard Drainville, courted controversy in 2007 when he quit as Radio-Canada’s Quebec City bureau chief to join the PQ.

But don’t you dare call Radio-Canada a separatists’ nest.