The following letter appeared in today's "Letters to the Editor" section of the Globe and Mail:
Tuned in, tuned out
March 21, 2009
St. John's -- It is difficult to understand why CBC president Hubert Lacroix is so eager to keep assuring us there will be no advertising on radio (CBC Plan To Freeze Executive Salaries, Cut Bonuses Gets Poor Reception - March 20). He might as well introduce advertising on Radio 2; it goes with the kind of wishy-washy pop music that has replaced the CBC's unique and culturally distinct classical music and jazz programming.
The new listeners Mr. Lacroix is trying to attract would most likely not object to having the programming spiced up with advertising.
Advertising would have the additional advantage of funding bonus payments to reward CBC executives for having successfully gotten rid of an old community of loyal listeners and dedicated supporters.
Well said, Mr. Bassler!