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Re: CBC Radio 2

Oct 2, 2008

Thank you for taking the time to write regarding the recent changes to the CBC Radio 2 schedule.

CBC’s mandate in the Broadcasting Act charges the Corporation with the responsibility to “reflect Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences, (and) actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression.” It is also to “reflect the multicultural and multiracial nature of Canada.”  We believe the proposed changes to the schedule will bring us closer to fulfilling that mandate.

The evolution of the network was based on a year-long arts and culture study that included 2000 telephone interviews, focus groups in six Canadian cities, interviews with 40 Canadian cultural leaders, and detailed work on music trends and public broadcasting around the world. The information gleaned from this comprehensive study was used to inform the development of our new Radio 2 programming.

We know that some of the new programs are a departure from what long-time Radio 2 listeners are accustomed to hearing, and certainly we realize that not all programs will appeal to all tastes. For this reason, there is a broader spectrum of music on CBC Radio 2 than ever before, including some of the best classical music programming in Canada, from Tempo during the week to Saturday Afternoon At the Opera and Choral Concert, among others, on the weekends.

You may also wish to try our new, online all-classical music "channel," accessible 24 hours a day by visiting www.cbc.ca/radio2/channels and clicking the “Classical” button.

It is not uncommon for new shows to need some time to find their own rhythm, and we hope you will continue to tune in and give them an opportunity to find their true voices in the coming weeks. In the meantime, your comments have been logged for inclusion in a weekly report distributed among senior CBC management.

Sincerely,
CBC Audience Relations