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CBC Listen | Ideas | Ross King on the art of history
Ross King is one of the most popular historians Canada has ever produced. Yet originally, he wanted to be a novelist. And after researching his doctoral thesis on T. S. Eliot, he published his first book, which fictionalized the story of a castrato singer in 18th century London, as seen through the eyes of an aspiring painter. Then he became fascinated by Italian architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed and built the famous cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence. King says he discovered that it was more fun to write when you didn't need to "make up the facts." IDEAS host Paul Kennedy talks to the man who's also written non-fiction books about Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Edouard Manet and Claude Monet, and about Canada's Group of Seven.
18th_century  Canadian  CBC  history  historians  podcasts 
january 2019 by jerryking
Peter Mansbridge anchors his final edition of CBC’s The National - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 30, 2017

Last September, when Mansbridge announced his retirement, I wrote a column with the headline It’s About Time: We’ve Put Up With Mansbridge And His Pompous Ilk For Too Long. It acknowledged at the start that it might seem ungracious and harsh.

It argued against the traditional anchor position, which Mansbridge has embodied, and declared that the reverence for the job is outdated and, essentially, redundant.

About half the readers thought it too harsh and about half applauded the content. It caused some hurt feelings. Sometimes a critic does that, expressing the unsentimental view.

Oddly enough, CBC seems to be agreeing with the views expressed about the traditional anchor role and is moving away, post-Mansbridge, to a multihost format rather than anchoring The National in one middle-aged man who delivers the news.

Whatever the new format might be, Peter Mansbridge will be missed by many. Understandably, given his skills and achievements.

Cheers, Pastor, and may the retirement be pleasant and fruitful.
Peter_Mansbridge  farewells  retirement  CBC  unsentimental  television  journalists  Canada150  John_Doyle 
july 2017 by jerryking
CBC radio personality and Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean dead at 68 - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail (includes correction)
Published Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
CBC  celebrities  obituaries  Canadiana  storytelling  iconic  cultural_touchpoints 
february 2017 by jerryking
Canada was joined at the Hip – thanks to the CBC - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

The CBC's decision to air the Tragically Hip's farewell concert Saturday was a stroke of public broadcasting genius. It demonstrated better than almost any event one could imagine the power of a national public broadcaster to bring a nation together to celebrate its shared values, to honour its prodigies, to's estimated by Numeris to have been 4.1 million Saturday night. According to media analyst Barry Kiefl, "four million is a big number, but it's in line with many segments of the Rio Olympics. .......What matters more is that we were able to watch it, from beginning to end, all three hours, without advertising. And without an announcer/host guiding us from one commercial break to the next.......The Hip concert may have been the most subversive program the CBC has ever aired. Subversive, because it has shown Canadians in their millions what public television can be when it's doing its job of serving the people rather than corporate advertisers – what it's like everywhere else in the industrialized world, with the sorry exception of the United States. Subversive, because it happened just as the broadcasting industry is about to enter into a period of basic restructuring........Saturday, we had a taste of what it feels like to live in a grown-up country where the public broadcaster lives up to its public service mandate.

The audience was huge; the ambience unforgettable; the experience unprecedented. Yes, ad revenue was sacrificed – perhaps as much as $5-million by one estimate. And the broadcast rights must have cost a bundle.

But it was an investment in the country's future, in its social infrastructure, in its cultural cohesiveness. And it could be a prologue to a future in which we join the rest of the industrialized world with a well-funded, commercial-free, public broadcaster that cares about who we are rather than where we shop and what we might be persuaded to buy.
Tragically_Hip  CBC  farewells  concerts  performances  music  public_broadcasting  cultural_touchpoints 
august 2016 by jerryking
Is Solomon scandal the latest sign of a CBC celebrity culture? - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2015

Like so many other journalists in the tiny Ottawa bubble, Mr. Solomon seems to have confused what is ultimately a transactional relationship with friendship. But only a naive or egotistical reporter could think “people of great power” want to be their friend for their intellect or sense of humour.
celebrities  scandals  CBC  Konrad_Yakabuski  Evan_Solomon  politics  journalism  journalists 
june 2015 by jerryking
Media Asset Management – "Topping off" our Digital World
Even more than in 1932, when R.B. Bennett’s Government first articulated the need for a public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada is interconnected with Canada’s democratic, social and cultural needs. Public broadcasting offers a unique value proposition as an effective instrument of Canadian public policy in a mixed public and private broadcasting system.
“I look forward to joining the CBC team and getting started. CBC Sports is among the best-known and most-respected brands in the history of Canadian broadcasting,” Orridge says. “We are anticipating an exciting NHL Stanley Cup Playoff schedule, with women’s FIFA World Cup Soccer soon to follow. Our sports schedule overall represents an extraordinary opportunity and value proposition for both our audiences and our advertising partners.”
CBC  digital_media  value_propositions  public_broadcasting 
april 2015 by jerryking
Jian Ghomeshi charged with four counts of sexual assault - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 26 2014
sexual_assault  Jian_Ghomeshi  CBC_Radio  CBC  celebrities 
november 2014 by jerryking
Enabler to a media hatchet job - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Nov. 06 2014
november 2014 by jerryking
CBC executive calls Ghomeshi ‘egomaniacal’ and ‘tyrannical’ - The Globe and Mail
James Bradshaw - MEDIA REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Nov. 07 2014
CBC  Jian_Ghomeshi 
november 2014 by jerryking
Behind the CBC’s decision to fire Jian Ghomeshi - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 31 2014
Jian_Ghomeshi  CBC  scandals  sexuality  sexual_assault  firings  Q  sexual_consent 
november 2014 by jerryking
Hockey Night in Canada: How CBC lost it all - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 10 2014
CBC  NHL  hockey  negotiations 
october 2014 by jerryking
Women against #WomenAgainstFeminism - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Aug. 09 2014
feminism  women  Margaret_Wente  CBC 
august 2014 by jerryking
Remembering Knowlton Nash is remembering a CBC that's long gone - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May. 26 2014
Knowlton_Nash  obituaries  tributes  CBC  CBC_TV 
may 2014 by jerryking
Old-style local news meets new media in Hamilton, Ont. - The Globe and Mail

HAMILTON — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 03 2014,
CBC  Hamilton  digital_media 
january 2014 by jerryking
The CBC: What’s it good for, without hockey? - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 29 2013 | The Globe and Mail | editorial

Losing hockey is the best thing that could have happened to the CBC. A national institution that long ago lost its way has been given the chance – possibly its last chance – to find its soul. NHL hockey, the most popular pastime in this country, doesn’t need the CBC. And the CBC, if it’s to be what a public broadcaster should be, doesn’t need the NHL.

If the CBC did not exist, would we create it? And to do what?

The strongest argument for the CBC goes something like this: There are some public goods that the free market will not deliver, or will not deliver well enough, and so we create public institutions to do the job. Think of museums, libraries and parks. These would be very different without public support, and in some cases they might not exist at all. There’s a compelling logic to taxpayer backing for the National Gallery of Canada or the Canadian War Museum, or hundreds of other cultural institutions and historical sites. The CBC is, in part, such an institution....Hockey reveals what should have been obvious all along: Popular programming doesn’t need taxpayer support. We don’t need a CBC to compete with the private sector. We need a CBC that goes where the private sector isn’t, doing important things that are necessary but may be less popular.

Consider arts and cultural programming – something that CBC television used to do a lot more of, and then in recent years stepped back from. Or educational and children’s programming. Documentaries. Regional programming. Producing intellectually ambitious Canadian dramas and movies....So here’s a radical proposal to ensure that the CBC retains the spirit of a public broadcaster: Get rid of advertising. No ads on radio, no ads on TV, no ads on the website.
CBC  CBC_Radio  CBC_TV  NHL  hockey  editorials  public_goods  public_institutions  cultural_institutions  advertising 
december 2013 by jerryking
Why newness, not nostalgia, is the way forward for the CBC - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 03 2013 |The Globe and Mail | JOHN DOYLE.

Pardon me if I seem like a CBC bore, but the future cannot be found in nostalgia for a fondly remembered past or in endless collaboration with the enemy. The future is niche and broad, both the new and the familiar....It’s unwise to posit a recalibrated CBC on the antiquities of the past. Nostalgia for The Journal, Barbara Frum, and Patrick Watson’s series is understandable, but there is no going back to the good old days. The TV landscape has changed utterly. Nostalgia is not the way forward....Lacroix’s reliance on partnerships is a red herring. Of course it makes sense to use partnerships with other broadcasters to deliver big sporting events. But to cite “collaboration” with giant private-broadcasting conglomerates as a general panacea is a mistake. CBC-TV’s future is being both niche and broad – and distinctive; its mandate must not be diminished by “collaboration.”...[CBC's]news and documentary coverage must be different. That means more progressive voices heard, filling a huge gap in the Canadian media, an arena dominated by centre and right-wing views. The politically-progressive base in Canada remains stable and remains largely unheard. It’s the CBC’s job to fill that vacuum. Less of the Don Cherry-style dismissal of “pinkos out there that ride bicycles” and more attention to those who reject the right-wing, Big Business view of the country....CBC needs to put art on the air and cover the arts and media with a vigour that no commercial broadcaster will allow....Instead, a sharp questioning of establishment views and establishment stars. Something to make people talk about – whether it’s the demolition of received opinion or the creation of an artistic work for TV that makes your eyes pop and your mind reel.

It’s a fact that CBC is presented with a new circumstance, less reliant on, and preoccupied with, hockey.
CBC  CBC_Radio  CBC_TV  Konrad_Yakabuski  niches  nostalgia  partnerships  digital_media  future 
december 2013 by jerryking
Creative partnerships are CBC’s new norm - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 28 2013 |The Globe and Mail | Hubert Lacroix

In the public interest, we are partnered with no fewer than four companies that some might consider our fierce competitors. Together, we will bring Canadians closer to their athletes, closer to the Games than ever before. We’ll be there in Rio too, not to mention the FIFA World Cup and the Pan American Games.

The media landscape is increasingly dominated by conglomerates with very deep pockets that both produce and distribute content. Let’s be honest, CBC can’t put a $5.2-billion bid on the table because we don’t have the specialty networks, pay-TV and mobility platforms to monetize those rights. So, we need to change our mindset. We look for how and where the public interest can be served by collaborating with those giants, in this case Rogers, to share national consciousness and preserve Canadian heritage.

Change has become something that CBC/Radio-Canada relishes. It represents an opportunity to renew our relationship with Canadians in novel and surprising ways. We now offer more services than ever before – 30 in all, up from 19 a decade ago – and in recent years have made the public broadcaster more Canadian, more regional and more digital.
creativity  partnerships  CBC  NHL  hockey  digital_media 
november 2013 by jerryking
NHL deal gives CBC a chance to reboot - The Globe and Mail
Konrad Yakabuski

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Nov. 28 2013
Konrad_Yakabuski  CBC  NHL  hockey  challenges 
november 2013 by jerryking
Lives Lived: Maura Kealey, 50 - The Globe and Mail
Ed Willes

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Nov. 14 2013
obituaries  CBC 
november 2013 by jerryking
Amateur, yes, but well worth watching - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012,
NHL  Lawrence_Martin  athletes_&_athletics  amateurs  CBC 
august 2012 by jerryking
Games people don’t play: It’s ulcer time at the CBC - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
CBC  Margaret_Wente 
october 2011 by jerryking
Liberals defend ‘vital’ CBC funding - The Globe and Mail
jennifer ditchburn
Ottawa— Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
CBC  funding  Liberals  Conservative_Party 
october 2011 by jerryking
Hip Hop Summit a showcase for Can-hop talent - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 31, 2011 | Globe & Mail | JOSHUA OSTROFF. *
Classified’s Oh…Canada
* + Maestro for Hard to be Hip-Hop, before the country’s very 1st rap
star big-upped Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings via Stick to Your
* Michie Mee. In a red Adidas track suit, with dreads up in pigtails,
she busted moves while dropping classics like her dancehall-inflected
Jamaican Funk
* Kardinal Offishall, juiced the crowd with his hometown-repping singles
BaKardi Slang & The Anthem.
* K’Naan, made a surprise appearance to perform his soft-spoken Take a
* Dream Warriors on their iconoclastic jazz-rap classic My Definition Of
A Boombastic Jazz Style.
* K-os took the stage with his full band before bringing Saukrates back
out for I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman,
* Maestro returning in full Symphony in Effect regalia – black tuxedo,
conductor baton & Africa medallion – to perform Can-hop’s
biggest-ever hit Let Your Backbone Slide
* the MCs joined together on the Rascalz’s anthemic Northern Touch,
Canadian  hip_hop  CBC  African_Canadians  music  music_industry  musical_performances  music_reviews  vintage  k-os  K'Naan 
april 2011 by jerryking
Taming the dragon: Should the CBC muzzle Kevin O’Leary? - The Globe and Mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 18, 2011
Kevin_O’Leary  CBC  Ivey  CBC_Radio 
march 2011 by jerryking
Heads should roll after the Fadden interview – CBC heads
June 24, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Norman Spector . Heads should roll after the Fadden interview – CBC heads
security_&_intelligence  CSIS  espionage  CBC  China  Norman_Spector  spymasters 
june 2010 by jerryking

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