CBC Radio Meeting Held some notes…
Ten attendees - all supportive of our public broadcaster. This is not a personal issue. We are not accepting that we have one person here and Prince George has four.
Some background… CBC is a federal institution available to Canadian households every day. CBC has introduced Canada to immigrants, generation after generation. The CBC…“is an important tie that links people of northwestern British Columbia who are spread out amongst many small communities and who depend on the local news and programming of the station as one of the few unifying forces in the area and a contributor to the quality of life in the region.” (from CRTC 88-485)
Now the CBC is pared down. "I don’t care which announcer is going to tell me something later, I want to hear it now… I don’t want to look up “More” online. I want the full story now. Make the content available. I have the attention span for real content, for real voices, not constant repetition of naming announcers and what they will bring us later. " We know far too much personal information about the hosts.
Provincial Election coverage was lacking. Little said of Jennifer Rice who won after Gary Coons retired. The civic by-election - no results. The CBC keeps the government on its toes, but how can that be done for northwest B.C. with only one person in the office?
CBC news coverage has deteriorated. No longer can any in depth coverage be done it seems. The Enbridge hearings, for example, went on for months and private broadcasters attended.
Sensationalist headlines were used to announce the bankruptcy of Prince Rupert. The headline ran all weekend but was not true, according to present City Councillor. The consequence of such headlines is distrust of political people by the public. Other stories not covered include CityWest getting out of cellular service; a quilt being made by and immigrant and multicultural group, (we must support the arts). Community to community connections through a Rupert piece on the popular Canucks, and market to market news, since most places, however small, in the Daybreak North area have a market of one kind or another.
“I want to help create the community we need in the face of the looming industrial boom. I want to support the CBC and be positive. The Northcoast is more important than what we are being given.”
What to do? Write Lorna Haeber, current programme director and past CFPR staffer. We think she has the clout to immediately but temporarily fill the host job until Carolina returns. Ask her for news and programming to be generated from the Prince Rupert office. Further, CBC has an AGM in the fall. And if you are of the opinion that the CBC is not fulfilling its mandate the CRTC can be asked to investigate. The CBC address is 775- Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C. VB 2R5 or e-mail cbc.ca/bc
Summary? Concerned folk staying tuned for improvements!