dewline: (public broadcasting)
Check this interview from 2013. It's a bit more sombre than we're used to from him, but it does show us something of the inner man in a good and helpful way.

http://www.broadcastingcanada.com/the-interview-blog/stuart-mclean
dewline: (Grief)
We lost the man who gave us the Vinyl Cafe stories today.

I said he was the most ruthless storyteller we've yet produced as a country, and I stand by that. It was never a complaint, and I am glad to have been able to thank him via Canada Post while I still had the chance for all of that.

I miss him anyway.
dewline: (musicians)
Good morning, and good luck.

(At least it was local morning when I wrote this.)

CBC Music's starting up another edition of their annual Searchlight competition, for those Canadians reading this with an eye on music as part of their income-earning or sanity-supporting programmes.

Details on their YouTube channel on how to enter.

With diligence and luck, Canada's music library will improve in both size and quality as a result. It usually does.
dewline: (canadian media)
Mr. Kabango:

I thank you for your work this past year as interviewer, journalist, teacher and entertainer. It is deeply appreciated. I hope your partnership with CBC continues and evolves in the years to come.
dewline: (Sketching)
Some BBC Envy in play there, maybe?

I've mentioned thoughts of mine on the subject of funding the Ceeb before, right? The entry's four years old, but the idea of just putting a "Point of first sale" levy on everything capable of receiving, storing, replaying, retransmitting, copying, printing out CBC content and leaving the garage sales, second-hand stores, pawn shops and whatever else out of it still strikes me as a logical and relatively non-intrusive one as opposed to the BBC's annual license fee system.

I do like the idea of expanding the range of coverage of the news division, not to mention making the CBC a cultural ambassador-brand to the rest of the planet. It's as good a goal as promoting national unity within Canada.

Will return to this topic again at some point, no doubt.

At least it'll be on a more hopeful note next time.
dewline: (canadian media)

So there's this article on Fast Company's design section today that Todd Maffin pointed out via the CBC Fan Club's Google Plus feed. It's about the CBC's logo redesign from 1974, as engineered by the team led by one Burton Kramer. The reworking of the visual style of CBC's brand was hitting the airwaves back when I was getting settled into Regina after my father got transferred from Selkirk. Space: 1999 was also premiering on the Ceeb around the same time here in Canada. So, small wonder that, between those factors and others, I started getting hooked on typography and graphic design around that point, despite not having clue one what those things were until I got into high school and one of my arts teachers introduced me to Letraset catalogues.

Anyway. Back on point.

To quote:

"Now, following the unlikely trend of republishing vintage standards manuals, a group of design-loving Canadians are trying to bring Kramer's 1974 CBC Graphic Standards Manual to Kickstarter."

The details of the Kickstarter campaign are here. CBC is interested, according to the guy working on pulling this together - a gentlebeing named Adrian Jean - but they want to know how widespread that interest is. first. I've already signed onto the pledge (despite not being sure that I'll be able to put up the money when the time comes), and I'm hopeful that interest will go well beyond the extent needed for a "limited edition" reprint. This is a piece of Canadian cultural and graphic design history we're talking about here. I want to see this in regular bookstores, in public and school libraries, far and wide, across the country.

How about it?

dewline: (canadian media)
I've seen some weird ones myself around Ottawa-Gatineau. So this sampling from metro Toronto doesn't seem too bizarre.

How about where you live?

dewline: (canadian media)
To be blunt: I believe that CBC had its financial hands tied over the past decade with malice aforethought by the previous governing party, and the Rogers takeover of the Hockey Night in Canada brand was a consequence much desired by our most recent former Prime Minister. If not Rogers, then Bell. If not Bell, then Telus. But I believe that the fix was in to tear the brand out of CBC's hands.

http://thehockeywriters.com/the-swift-decline-of-hockey-night-in-canada/
dewline: (canadian media)
About that pro-CBC rally here in Ottawa-Gatineau today? I went. On foot, from parc Jacques-Cartier to Parliament Hill. Across the Alexandra Bridge, which I once would've been ready to swear would never happen.

Then I got reminded that others present at the rally had walked all the way from Montréal.

Let that sink in for a minute.

I got nothin' on those Montréalais.

(Noting also, some of those walking tours by various First Nations' groups in support of their own causes who walked further from more isolated places...)

Glad I got the exercise, though...
dewline: (Sketching)
So this was the news dropped on us last night via the Canadian Media Guild's news feed:

http://www.cmg.ca/en/2015/09/22/cbc-announces-plans-to-sell-off-all-buildings-in-midst-of-election-campaign/

Disturbing timing, although it's not as if this wasn't on the "intended results" list of those engineering the cuts to the federal share of CBC's annual budgets. As far as I know, CBC never owned the current Ottawa Broadcast Centre's home building. Despite the place being designed to serve the needs of the Ceeb, if the landlord wanted them out...?

Meanwhile, the coughing jags are still dropping further in frequency, although it seems like the severity level tries to compensate for that at times with more enthusiasm than I want.

*winces at the memory*

I'm still going back to work this morning, though.

At least the weather's been holding steady.

To those of you who were fans of Babe Ruth, my condolences on your loss today.

More on other stuff later...
dewline: (Sketching)

The BBC is under threat in the UK, even as our CBC is here in Canada. Details in the link over at The Guardian. To say that I have a problem with the idea of dismantling the BBC is an Understatement. You know how I feel about the Ceeb here at home, after all.

Finally picked up the first two issues of We Stand on Guard by Vaughan and Skroce from Image Comics. That one Obligatory Shower Scene aside, it takes the Oldest Canadian Nightmare - invasion by the USA - and makes a pretty interesting future/mecha/war story out of it so far. If I have the time and energy in days to come, I'll try to go into more detail on what I think makes it work.

Still looking for that radio/CD player combo device replacement. As it stands, the sources I know of can provide, but I'd need to put up with the addition of either an alarm clock or a cassette recorder and built-in speakers. None of which I need at the day job. I already have the headphones. And no wi-fi, please?

(Note: Rummaging through the Best Buy Canada website is a frustration exercise right now.)

dewline: (canadian media)
So I've set this group up earlier tonight. Strictly unofficial, of course.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2896214@N22/

If you want in, and you've got a a Flickr account, send me a line via FlickrMail...?
dewline: (canadian media)
I got a note in my inbox from Senator Plett, summed up here as "please read the actual report for yourself". Which is certainly a fair request on his part. I'm also told I can expect another one from my MP on the subject.

Frankly, thanks to a number of comments from others in their caucus over this past decade, I still see cause to worry for CBC's future no matter what's actually in the report.

More on other topics to follow.

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