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Request for retraction - CBC's secret plan to move The National

Aug 4, 2009

Good day, Chris Ball from CBC here

We were shocked to read your press release and letter to our board of directors in which you baselessly assert that we will be moving The National from 10 pm to 11 pm,  reducing it in scope and replacing it at the 10 p.m. timeslot with Entertainment (possibly foreign) programming.  All of these assertions are 100% untrue.

Earlier today Kirstine Layfield sent a letter to your organization to this same effect.  

I am asking that friends.ca immediately remove the press release from it's site and issue a written retraction as the information you have posted is false and misleading.

Chris Ball
CBC/Radio-Canada.

Related Documents:

Aug 5, 2009 — Toronto Star: CBC denies The National is moving by Greg Quill
FRIENDS says CBC's senior programming brass has a plan to move the public broadcaster's flagship nightly news program The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. to make room for prime-time entertainment programming.

Aug 4, 2009 — Cartt.ca: CBC slams Friends' National rumour as 100% false by Greg O'Brien
CBC Media Relations says there are no plans to move The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Aug 4, 2009 — Letter: Re: The National
Response from Kirstine Layfield, CBC's General Manager TV, regarding FRIENDS statement that there are plans to move The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.

Aug 4, 2009 — News Release: CBC's secret plan to move The National
FRIENDS says CBC has a closely guarded secret plan to move its flagship news program The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.