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nylynnr
04-19-2012, 08:29 PM
Thanks, Jenny. Do they pay the government back out of advertising and sponsor dollars? I read in some of the coverage that some CBC executives, plus people like Don Cherry, have very handsome salaries.

victorskid
04-19-2012, 10:09 PM
Posted by Battle of the Blades on Facebook:



Hello dear fans,

Faced with the reality of having to chop $115 million from our programming, we have had to make the difficult decision to place Battle of the Blades on hiatus.

This is no reflection on the program; the show has had great success over its the seasons, and it has been blessed to have some of the most passionate fans in the world. But unfortunately, given the production costs for the show and our current financial situation, we simply can’t afford to bring Blades back this season.

overedge
04-19-2012, 10:14 PM
Thanks, Jenny. Do they pay the government back out of advertising and sponsor dollars? I read in some of the coverage that some CBC executives, plus people like Don Cherry, have very handsome salaries.

I'm not quite sure what you're asking, but no, the CBC doesn't pay the government back. I don't know why they should.

Seerek
04-19-2012, 11:41 PM
I'm not sure if CBC had a mandate to keep a certain number of both scripted vs. non-scripted programming for prime-time.

BOTB had a decent season ratings-wise overall, but I think it's season average fell below Dragon's Den, Republic of Doyle, Rick Mercer and Arctic Air

paskatefan
04-20-2012, 12:04 PM
So sorry to hear this. Sounds like another quality skating show loss. Not good for the sport & fans

pat c
04-20-2012, 01:50 PM
I'm not sure if CBC had a mandate to keep a certain number of both scripted vs. non-scripted programming for prime-time.

BOTB had a decent season ratings-wise overall, but I think it's season average fell below Dragon's Den, Republic of Doyle, Rick Mercer and Arctic Air

Dragon's Den is the highest rated I think. I know a lot of people who watch it as well as Rick Mercer and Arctic Air. The Republic of Doyle otoh.........(shrug)

Andora
04-20-2012, 11:59 PM
I got the feeling last year just didn't take like the previous two. I think one of the draws was the heavily Canadian cast previously. Last year seemed more 50-50 Canadian and American/International.

I will really miss BOTB. I loved watching it week to week, attending when I could. But with everything going on at the CBC, and a guess at how expensive BOTB was to produce, I'm not surprised.

professordeb
04-21-2012, 12:22 AM
I got the feeling last year just didn't take like the previous two. I think one of the draws was the heavily Canadian cast previously. Last year seemed more 50-50 Canadian and American/International.

I will really miss BOTB. I loved watching it week to week, attending when I could. But with everything going on at the CBC, and a guess at how expensive BOTB was to produce, I'm not surprised.

Now I find this kinda funny suggesting that because there were more Canadians in the cast that it wasn't as well received/watched. Since it's a Canadian show that is shown on a Canadian channel and watched mainly by Canadians, why wouldn't you want more Canadians competing? I think, perhaps, that the hockey players weren't as well known and to some degree, neither were the figure skaters -- at least in John Q Public's eye.

Me, I missed Shae Lynn and the show just wasn't the same without her.

Oh yeah, maybe something to do with who was doing the judges -- I got totally turned off by them having JR. Bad enough with Sandra but him -- he often got on my last nerve and twisted it to no end.

steph28
04-21-2012, 12:59 AM
I will really miss this show.... Professordeb, I also missed Shae-Lynn great deal this fall. This show perfectly matches her, and it wasn't the same without her. Hope CBC will consider to bring it back soon!

The Accordion
04-21-2012, 01:58 AM
Now I find this kinda funny suggesting that because there were more Canadians in the cast that it wasn't as well received/watched. Since it's a Canadian show that is shown on a Canadian channel and watched mainly by Canadians, why wouldn't you want more Canadians competing?


I think Andora was saying the opposite - that the previous casts were more Canadian and thus garnered more interest than last year's cast.

4rkidz
04-21-2012, 04:11 AM
I think its too bad.. I love CBC programs, I watch their news.. enjoy their Canadian focused shows.. I'm afraid this is just the beginning of reducing funding for 'national' type things.. Arts will be next and Culture.. :( even though CTV will hopefully look at picking up BOB - it will not be as good as CBC - just look at the Olympics.. :slinkaway

shopper
04-21-2012, 02:14 PM
Such a shame. Loved watching it and there is so little figure skating on now other than amateur competitions

professordeb
04-21-2012, 03:02 PM
I think Andora was saying the opposite - that the previous casts were more Canadian and thus garnered more interest than last year's cast.

Now that I have reread it, I can see what you mean. Facepalm!

Andora
04-21-2012, 03:28 PM
Now that I have reread it, I can see what you mean. Facepalm!

;)

I definitely meant the lack of Canadian skaters was the issue, not too many of them. Not that international skaters or hockey players are any less talented or enjoyable, (obviously not when considering how terrific Katia and Kyoko were in season 2) but the first two seasons had this real "made in Canada" kind of feel, right from the top with the Bryan Adams theme to Rom MacLean as cohost. Not so much the third season.


I think its too bad.. I love CBC programs, I watch their news.. enjoy their Canadian focused shows.. I'm afraid this is just the beginning of reducing funding for 'national' type things.. Arts will be next and Culture.. :( even though CTV will hopefully look at picking up BOB - it will not be as good as CBC - just look at the Olympics.. :slinkaway

:rolleyes: CBC is a fantastic station that has been losing step for years. I must have missed how fantastic their coverage of the 2006 and 2008 Olympics were. Except I didn't, because they really started to go downhill by then. :P

I do think that the show wouldn't be the same if another station picked it up.

sequins
04-21-2012, 04:10 PM
^Agree. While CBC did the best they could with the Olympics and while CTV was cheesy at times. CTV had so much more to offer when it came to the Olympics. Wall to wall coverage like never before, everyone was watching and they did a great job IMO. Now BOTB on CTV would be a whole other story.

Which leads me to another question I heard CBC just had a bid rejected to cover the 2014 Olympics and CTV is not interested and with the budget cuts how could CBC possibly hope to aquire the rights? Just wondering I'm getting a bit worried we may have to depend on NBC.:slinkaway