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.
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..
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
"Love is better than Anger, Hope is better than fear" Jack Layton 1950-2011
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.
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 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.
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.Tough decisions about how to manage a $225-million shortfall will include shaving six existing or planned shows from the public broadcaster's TV lineup, said Stewart, executive vice-president of CBC's English Services.
"We are making those decisions next week and we've got some pretty strong criteria to make those decisions," Stewart said after CBC staff were briefed on job and program cuts in an internal meeting.
Awww -no other way to put it - this sucks.