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CBC Cutbacks/St. John’s Example

Knew this was coming down the pike, but still surprised by the scope of the cutbacks.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/03/26/cbc-layoffs.html

800 jobs gone, shows on radio and TV canceled.  As for the East Coast, well first Newfoundland.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2009/03/26/cbc-cuts-nl.html

That is one of the dumber moves.  How many stations are in the province?  Two.  NTV and CBC.  That’s it.  Not wanting to compete in a place where you’re only against 1 local competitor is strange.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2009/03/26/pe-maritimes-cbc.html

Sydney, Moncton and Saint John also facing deep cutbacks.  PEI is losing one position.  At least the stations are still there, heard talk about getting rid of them completly.

To get away from the CBC reports here is one from The Chronicle Herald in Halifax.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9011155.html

Great line describing the cutbacks.

“The source said 17 of the 31 jobs getting the axe are in Nova Scotia. All are in programming and none in management.”

Bravo to the CBC for showing how out of touch you are on that front.

Bet these are the same people who decided to air ‘The Devils Wears Prada’ on a Sunday night and make the East Coast Music Awards air on a tape delay.  Our tax money at work that night.

CBC Radio 3 is still going, so a bright spot for a lot of artists I’ve played on the show.  Lot of them have been on that station.  It will be a single feed now, they had different one for satellite and the website.  That separation never made sense to me.

Sports programming takes a hit too.  Strangely it says CBC.ca avoided any cutbacks.

Not like CBC is alone in this lately, I’ve seen what happened to some A-Channel stations.  Ottawa really got hit hard lately, from the Ottawa Citizen.

http://www.vancouversun.com/News/cuts+take+toll+city+news+station/1350514/story.html

Also A-Channel Victoria got rid of it’s morning show and just airs video from an all news-radio station in town.  But they’re keeping the 6pm news.

As for the CBC.  I think their online division and radio have done well over the past few years.  TV side?  Not so much.  They change what they are every few years.

“We’re all Canadian” and get rid of the U.S. shows.  Except for The Simpsons, since that’s Canadian…. I guess.  Then last year they spend a chunk of money buying ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

Maybe one day the TV side will make up their mind who they are.  Probably not.  A decade ago they gutted local news, then put money back in, and today are cutting it again.

I’ll use St. John’s as an example.  NTV had been 2nd to the CBC Here and Now 6pm news for a long time.  But by the late 1990’s they had caught up in the ratings.  Neck and neck for the most part, then the Canada Now debacle.  Where they cut the 6pm shows across the country in half and have the first 30 minutes be national news from Toronto.

Bad idea.  NTV surged in front and never looked back.  Luckily I found a graph.  NTV commercials have said say they’re the number 1 rated newscast in Canada.  They mean out of all markets in Canada they dominate the opposition by the most.  They’re not lying.

CBC vs NTV Ratings

CBC vs NTV Ratings

http://www.scribd.com/doc/81103/Supperhour-CBC-Maritimes-Supperhour-Ratings-19962006-

Damn, that really is an ass kicking.  The CBC 6pm news became a full hour of local news again after a few years but too late.

Full disclosure, Toni Marie is a good friend of mine.  So I’m glad for her they do so well. 🙂  But I watched them on satellite rather than CBC before I knew her.

NTV also has a noon news and they rerun the 6pm news late at night.  So CBC only has that 1 chance to get viewers.  Thought people would like to see the Newfoundland example of what happened to a market where CBC used to do quite well.

Monday Update/Corrections

Being in Kingston, ON and blogging about an event 2 time zones away means a couple of mistakes will happen.

First thanks to Kell for pointing out one of the bands is called ‘Smothered In Hugs’, I put down ‘Smothered BY hugs’.  Oops.  I have a list of some of the artist’s websites, in that I had the right website but the name wrong typed too. 🙂

Other correction was I had the radio title backwards.  Was called “Radio ECMA”, not ECMA Radio.  Comment on an earlier blog from Ivan who was the chair of Radio ECMA.  Thought I’d reprint it here for those who might miss it.

Hi Rob:
I noticed a couple of blogs about Radio ECMA. I’m glad you found us (I am/was the Chair of Radio ECMA). We’d sent the webstreaming address to the ECMA web master, but it was never put on their site. So we stopped promoting it and went through one we’d set up ourselves (the bayofislandsradio.com site).

But we had a grand time in the lobby, interviewing lots of folks. We had a lot of listeners in the local region, but its nice to know that a few did listen in on the web.

Cheers,!

Ivan

Thanks for the comment Ivan.  Radio ECMA was a great way to keep track of the weekend and get to hear a lot of musicians stop by.  ECMA award show is great but you’re not going to see the up and coming artists on there.

I recorded some of Sunday’s Radio ECMA off the computer to listen to later in the week.  On Saturday I found out I missed Ian Foster on there by 2 hours.  Friend of the show so just bad luck on me missing his set.

As for the ECMA website, it’s 10am EST the day after.  And they still don’t have the list of winners up!  So the fact they didn’t put up a link Ivan sent them to Radio ECMA isn’t that surprising. LOL.

Background info on the weekend was good on ECMA.ca but once it finally started, nothing new ever came up on that site.  I searched ECMA on Google and found my own blog 3 or 4 times.  Good for me, but the official website should be a good source of updates rather a guy in Ontario. 😉

Only one criticism of the ECMA show itself, did anyone else find the vocals during the songs a bit flat/hollow?  Since I’m on the radio I notice audio stuff more but it kept sticking in my ear.  Tough to do concert audio though.

http://www.cbc.ca/eastcoastmusic/

Credit to the gang at CBC.ca as the entire show is already online as of Monday morning.  Plays right away as you visit that site.

Sunday ECMA Update

edit: “Smothered In Hugs”, thanks to Kell for pointing that out.  Smothered by Hugs was close but not right. 🙂

ECMA Radio back up with musicians dropping by this morning, well technically afternoon now in Corner Brook.  Got up and heard the end of a set from The Olympic Symphonium.  And The Abrams Brothers just finished.

I thought I heard that wrong.   The guys from Kingston are at the ECMA’s?  Yes, and they performed on The Discovery Stage Saturday.  Their family is from the East Coast, 5 generations back apparently.  Learned something new.  I recorded their entire 30 minutes on the radio so I can use that for a future show.  Going to have a back log of audio by tonight.

Last night heard a good mix.  The following acts stopped by the little station. Stone Richards and the Devil Folk, Paisley Jura, West Moon, Smothered In Hugs, Catcher and Sharona Clark.  Recorded a bit of each them being interviewed which should work well when I play their music on the show.  Which might be April with everything I have going on.

Next week the interview with Fergus O’Byrne, and his music for the entire show.  Another interview is done with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname.  This past Friday I spoke to Andrea Wittgens, singer/songwriter from Antigonish, NS who lives in Seattle.  She’s the first Queen’s alumni I’ve interviewed on the show.  Brought back some university memories for her.  Like a lot of Queen’s students she recalls “Alfie’s”. 🙂

ECMA weekend is winding down, with the awards tonight at 7pm EST/8:30pm NT.  You can only catch it live online or on CBC Bold.  Tape delayed for everyone else who has regular CBC.  Which is pretty much everyone.

Bad timing with the CBC funding shortfall story last week.  CBC want more government money but they can’t be bothered to air the ECMA’s live.  Hmmm.  Tape delayed till 11pm on a Sunday.  This means people on the West Coast won’t see the awards till 7 hours after it would’ve aired live.  That long in this day in age is crazy.

And what great Canadian programming is on CBC TV tonight instead?  Wait for it….

“The Devil Wears Prada”…… oh I wish I was kidding.  Our tax money at work.

This rant is against CBC TV.  CBC Radio has done a great job promoting the ECMA’s.  Heard Performance Hour yesterday, and the local CBC affiliates in Newfoundland have done a bang up job.  Even CBC.ca is doing it’s best with showing it live on the web, and on demand afterwards.

But when TV is showing The Devil Wears Prada instead of promoting Canadian music you know something is messed up.  TV is where most people’s view of the CBC comes from.  Showing that instead of the ECMA’s doesn’t make any sense if it is a “public broadcaster”.