Dear Mr. Morrisonn
Re: Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's press release today asserting that there are plans to move The National to 11 p.m., reduce it in scope and replace it at the 10 p.m. timeslot with Entertainment (possibly foreign) programming.
Let me be clear, this is the furthest from our plans and strategy as one can possibly conjure. There has never even been any discussion of moving The National in the news redevelopment process, and the idea that we can even afford to replace it with entertainment programming particularly at this time is ludicrous. In fact, our new fall schedule will have less American programming than in the past and we are launching an expanded local supper hour news cast from 5-6:30 p.m across the country.
Indeed, we believe the redevelopment of The National will make the show even stronger in its 10pm time slot, and I am astounded that Friends Of Canadian Broadcasting would make such unfounded and strange assertions.
General Manager TV
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: Request for retraction - CBC's secret plan to move The National
Letter from CBC Media Relations requesting a retraction of 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.