Dec. 15th, 2010 07:00 pm
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it was hideous enough when cbc sacked the inimitable and long-tenured barbara budd from as it happens - which they ostensibly did because they were phasing out non-journalists from on-air programming. but to add insult to injury, they replace her with that 'joe the canadian' loser from those excruciating beer commercials?! what the fuck, cbc? why such a rapidly accelerating race to the goddamned bottom of the bullshit pile?

Date: 2010-12-16 01:37 am (UTC)
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I'm so outraged I think I'm going to call them and tell them so.

Date: 2010-12-16 01:57 am (UTC)
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i know i just said this on facebook, but mark my words: eleanor wachtel is going to be working at an indigo books in 6 months, while ed the sock hosts writers & company. rick the temp will inevitably take over for michael enright, and peter mansbridge will be replaced by one of the kids from the new degrassi.

Date: 2010-12-16 02:07 pm (UTC)
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here's the email i sent:

Dear Ms. Donlon,

Congratulations on the recent announcement of Joe the Canadian as the inheritor to the former chair of the venerable and long-tenured Barbara Budd - whose contract, if I recall correctly, was ostensibly not renewed because she lacked journalistic pedigree. I guess that requirement must have fallen by the wayside!

CBC seems more-or-less hellbent on doing its utmost to win the race to the bottom of the mediocrity barrel in its misguided effort to be all things to all people, so in keeping with the above, may I humbly suggest the following additional personnel changes? Perhaps Ed the Sock could take over as host of Writers & Company - time to inject some verve and youth appeal into that all-too-cerebral hour of radio, no?. Maybe Michael Enright could be swapped out for one of the kids from the new Degrassi? And if you have any sway over the goings-ons of your television counterparts, I think it's time Rick the Temp was given his due, and an opportunity to stand awkwardly behind that desk on The National. Peter Mansbridge must be getting close to being able to cash in on his pension, anyway.

That CBC Radio has become so radically dumbed-down and milquetoast in the last few years is truly an accomplishment of sorts; I have to suspect that, in its efforts to try and appeal to everyone by programming increasingly through the bland, muddy middle, it's likely managed to alienate its core listenership, of which I count myself a member.


Date: 2010-12-16 04:47 am (UTC)
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I don't know enough about this to comment, but has buddy Joe actually done other things since the ads that speak well to him?

Date: 2010-12-16 05:29 am (UTC)
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apparently he did some spots on canadian children's television, and hosted a national geographic special? now there's some journalistic pedigree!

anyway, it's entirely possible he'll be fine at the job; but to sack barbara budd under false pretences?!

Date: 2010-12-16 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Come now. The National Geographic Channel has produced some fine programming. Take, for example, "The Secret of Da Vinci's Code," "True Secrets of the Da Vinci Code," and my own favorite, "Da Vinci and the Code He Lived by."

Date: 2010-12-16 09:13 pm (UTC)
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if he was replacing garrison keillor i wouldn't complain.

Date: 2010-12-16 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2010-12-16 04:42 pm (UTC)
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ca! na! da!
ca! na! da!

also, dear cbc: please do not put the former head of sony music canada in charge of public broadcasting.


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