Tuesday, April 29, 2008

28 Cuts Later …

I first began this blog one year ago on April 28, 2007 to express my dissatisfaction at the changes to the CBC Radio Two evening schedule and to provide a forum where other CBC Radio Two listeners could express their opinions concerning the Radio Two programming changes. So what has happened in the past year, since April 28 2007? Well, quite a bit, as it turns out.

Weekend classical programming has been eviscerated. The CBC Radio Orchestra is being disbanded. The classical music budget for CBC Records has been eliminated. CBC Radio management have announced that Music & Company, Here’s to You, Studio Sparks, Disc Drive and Sound Advice, all popular programs among CBC Radio Two listeners, are to be cut from the CBC Radio Two schedule.

Could it get any worse? It’s hard to imagine how it could.

In spite of petitions signed by concerned listeners, letters written to CBC Radio management, the House Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Heritage and protests in front of CBC buildings nation-wide, CBC management continues to force their vision, such as it is, of CBC Radio upon an increasingly resistant public. How will this end? Will CBC management succeed? Or will CBC Radio Two listeners, tired of being taken for granted, rise up and shout “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore”?

As always, it’s up to you to make your voice heard!


Anonymous said...

Well said. Please put standonguardforcbc under groups against the changes. This site provides information on how to have your voice heard.

James Wooten said...

Thanks for your comment. Actually, I thought I had already included a link to the "Stand on Guard for CBC" in my links on the right hand side, but I see that I only included a link to a similarly named site. Thanks for pointing this out - the "Stand on Guard for CBC" site contains a wealth of information for those who want to actively participate in the CBC radio protests.

Everyone, please visit this site and make your voice heard!


Muzition said...

Hmm, could it get any worse? Maybe it'd get worse if they cancelled Choral Concert too. At least that's a good show that they left on the air (even though I'm told that Choral Concert no longer does their very popular Easter Sunrise celebration.)

How much longer before they realize that they (accidentally?) left a good show on the air? Or will they keep Choral Concert, but insist on mixing the classical choral selections with choral pop music?

I heard rumours that Jurgen Gothe will have a new show on the weekends on CBC Radio 2. Not to belittle Jurgen Gothe, but will this show replace one of the few classical shows that they have left on weekends?