Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by shutterbug, Apr 7, 2012.
Part of the budget cuts: CBC slashing 650 jobs
Sad news for skating fans in Canada.
I finally got digital and ordered this channel!
VERY sad news, indeed - I have to wonder a) who will buy BOLD and b) whether they will have any interest in broadcasting skating.
Since it is CBC that has the contract with the ISU, it might be possible to work out some sort of deal for the BOLD buyer...
Possible but unlikely , skating is not really a high viewer show at present....
Boo loved bold and pj
This is all a part of the Conservatives ideological plan to destroy the CBC... and now it begins. They can purposely lie to Canadians about spending an extra $11 Billion on fighter jets with no engines that even the USA says is a flawed process right now... but they can cut 20,000 jobs and destroy one of this country's foremost institutions! Yep, that's Conservatives at work for you...
I'm so sad about this cut.
The only good is that if it weren't this cut, it could be more job cuts. People's jobs are more important than my enjoyment of the channel.
Canadians...stupid enough to continue to vote that crowd into office.
Hopefully, it will take a long time for the CBC to sell BOLD.
I live in Alberta... How do you think I feel right now about the Wildrose Surge?
That SUCKS! Hopefully cbcsports.ca will still provide full coverage of Worlds!
I read about this. Cancel Don Cherry's contract, that should save some major change.
I would be ALL for this!
That's terrible news. I missed that completely. It seems like every govt slashes the CBC budget. It's a wonder the corp still exists.
I know this is more appropriate for the Politically Incorrect forum but my deep depression began the moment I realized that the "Harper Government" had received a majority in the last election. I knew that the country was in trouble - it's only just begun...
This is awful news, especially after CTV's dismal coverage of Canadians.
Oh dear indeed, can we cut the salary of every MP by 10 percent and put that into a fund to save Bold?!
WHAT???? The year before the 2013 Worlds in Canada? OMG!!
Usually I start worrying about the FS coverage in the fall - but the worrying starts as of now. It would be awful if we lost the BOLD FS coverage in Canada. . .cbc.ca is an alternative, but I just find it more relaxing to watch FS on the bigger screen from the couch, rather than on the smaller computer screen at my desk. And I usually watch delayed coverage, and the cbc.ca site gives away the results as soon as the competition is done.
And we won't even have Ice Network or Universal Sports as an alternative because CBC will retain broadcaster results despite its paltry coverage of about five skaters/teams event.
This news has shaken up my world in a rather unpleasant fashion.
The other thing is CBC.CA freezes a lot. And if you need to hit refresh you have to watch all the ads again which can be so awful when you are watching someone you really really want to see!
This really sucks for the Canadian fans.
At least some of you have the cbc.ca option. For those of us in rural areas, we can't even access that due to still being in the stone age of Net Access w/only Dial Up available. Plus, it's not just us this hurts. The skiing fans will also now have to either wait for the delayed coverage or going to cbc.ca to watch, as they were showing all of the Alpine circuit live the last couple of years too.
Then there's the fans of the Summer sports, such as Spruce Meadows' equestrian events, who could watch those events live as they happened instead of having to wait a week or two to see it on the CBC as a packaged piece.
So it's not just us skating fans who are hurt by this. I'll miss the coverage. Won't miss PJ that much, but will miss the coverage.
Well I have just read this thread and it is very sad news for me. I really enjoyed the Bold coverage because they showed all the skaters and not just the final group.
Well this is another gift from our beloved S Harper not. I cannot understand with his history of cuts in his first go at Prime Minister that Canadians would give him another majority. Mabye after another four years of cuts they will think again.
I will miss the coverage but hey I will remain optomistic that the new owners if anyone does buy it will continue with some of the same coverage.
When we know who buys it it would not hurt to write. The squeaky wheel gets the grease so it would be worth a try.
I fear also for the future of Battle of the Blades.
That thought occurred to me too
I was wondering about BOTB as well. Only info I could find was this tweet from Sandra Bezic on March 21:
I think CBC is more than a station it is a part of our culture - those funky shows that are just Canadian we won't get anymore as they don't make as much money as the crap that comes from some of those other stations that aren't Canadian programming..
But Battle of the Blades is on the main station, not BOLD.
And haven't the ratings been really good?
It's still a CBC program and not a cheap one either. The ratings won't matter that much if Harper Inc's out for blood at the CBC.
My only consolation over the stupidity of a Harper Majority was that Jack Layton was the Leader of the Opposition. I miss that man.
Exactly. The sale of Bold is just one of the ramifications of the latest federal budget, which included massive cuts to CBC funding.
Ratings aren't the only reason that shows aren't renewed - it's also about cost to produce vs revenue generated through advertising and other sources, network priorities, how it fits into the fulls schedule, etc.
Canadian Idol was hugely successful in its 6th season, but it was also costly, as was CTV's other big ticket at the time, the dance competition. They chose to go with the dance show - rumour has it because it was a senior executive's wife's pet project - which illustrates the other factor in which shows move forward and which don't, and that's politics.
I'm devastated by the news that BOLD will be sold.
However, I have to concede that lot of the Canadian-oriented CBC programming is terrible. Not that American programming is a desirable alternative. . .
Sitcom or drama related, yes, but the CBC excels at investigative shows like the 5th Estate or Market Place. Harper et al would love to see Rick Mercer cancelled.
I don't know - I found myself tuning into CBC much more this past winter to get away from the all the reality schlock. I really enjoyed the new show Arctic Air, and "discovered" the charm of Republic of Doyle. For both shows the unique Canadian settings are definitely a part of the character of the show. I truly hope they won't be affected by the budget cuts either.
On that I completely agree, and would also mention The Passionate Eye.
More news coming out about the cuts. Relevant points: less amateur sports programming and fewer documentaries (in reference to the Passionate Eye).
And so it begins...
Yahoo Canada ~ CBC's 'Connect' and 'Dispatches' among swath of planned news and program cuts
I feel so beyond awful for Mark Kelley. He's a good guy and one of the best Broadcast Journalists this Country's produced. First they shaft him when they made that stupid decision a few years ago and changed the Morning format at Newsworld/News Network when they were beating Canada AM in the ratings, which was not a money issue IIRC. Now thanks to the cuts, he loses Connect
If we lose him to the States, it'll be a sad day for Canadian Journalism, but also understandable.
This is the part that relates to BOTB...
This is so bad on so many, many levels.
He was on the National, perhaps he will go back there.
Awww -no other way to put it - this sucks.
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