Who's in charge at the CBC?

Jan 21, 2011

There have been some contradictory messages coming from CBC executives recently about whether Canada's public broadcaster will continue to air American game shows in prime-time television.

In a Jan 18th Globe and Mail article, Kirstine Stewart, the new head of CBC English-language services, stated that she wants to replace Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! with Canadian shows – which she says can pull in the same kind of ratings.

“Now that the fix has happened, and we can make shows like Dragons’ Den or Battle of the Blades that are consistently making big numbers, I believe that we have the talent in the country now to make those kinds of shows,” she says. “We are looking to replace [Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!], for sure.”

In a Jan 19th Hollywood Reporter article she said:

“We're in development right now on Canadian shows which could fit the slot, so really the transition would be dependant upon getting the right shows into production,”

But in a Jan 19th Toronto Star article, Jeff Keay, the CBC’s head of media relations said:

"We’ve always made strategic use of non-Canadian programming where it makes sense... Wheel and Jeopardy aren’t going anywhere immediately."