Further cuts would be to the
bone and make it impossible for the CBC to effectively fulfill its mandate, leaving
our national broadcaster open to increased criticism that it's wasting taxpayer
money, unfairly competing with private broadcasters for advertising dollars and
calls for dismantling. There is no
more room for efficiency; every dollar has to come out of programming - off the
air, off the screen.
impact would be devastating:
It would be
impossible to implement CBC's recently rolled-out strategy to add new local
radio stations and enhance regional services in locations such as the Kamloops,
Waterloo and London regions. Instead local and regional services would have to
be consolidated because it costs more to offer something in many places than to
centralize in one or two locations.
has become less Canadian in recent years, primarily for economic reasons. A
substantial cut would make it harder or impossible for CBC-TV to drop its
dependence on US game shows.
CBC has been
moving away from cost-intensive programming such as full-edition documentaries
(for example The Fifth Estate) towards
cheaper programming such as reality shows (Dragon's
Den, Battle of the Blades).
Further cuts would build inexorable pressure to move to more cheap shows.
repeats on both Radio and Television, shorter seasons, fewer original episodes.
No chance of
CBC getting back into serious cultural programming, on either Radio or TV
because it is costly to produce and does not attract the mass audiences needed
to drive ad sales.
Even less of
the more expensive kinds of journalism, e.g., original investigative pieces,
foreign correspondents. More dumbing down of the news.
CBC into a Toronto Broadcasting Corporation!