Posted: 12 Apr 2012 Print Send a link
Montreal Gazette, 12 Apr 2012, letter from Dan Malloy, Everett, Massachusetts: "Contrary to what many Canadians may believe, there are Americans who don't believe that Canada is a northern version of the U.S.A., and shortwave radio is an excellent way to get that message across."
CBC, 4 Apr 2012, speech to employee town hall meeting by CBC CEO Hubert T. Lacroix: RCI "will now provide national and international audiences with content on the web in five languages (French, English, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin). The Brazilian and Russian sections will close. This transformation responds to demographic shifts, to the traffic on our sites, and concentrates our efforts on Canada's largest communities of diverse origins, while continuing to offer an international service via the web. These decisions are consistent with international trends and approaches adopted by other public broadcasters."
Radio Canada International, Off Mike column, 7 Apr 2012, Wojtek Gwiazda: "We will no longer broadcast on shortwave. The only presence we’ll have is on the Internet, on our website. The RCI newsroom will be closed, there will be no newscasts. ... I can tell you that there is a union supported lobby group, the RCI Action Committee, which is actively lobbying to stop the cuts. Whether it will be successful, is unknown."
RCI Action Committee blog, 4 Apr 2012: "Radio Canada International’s $12.2 million dollar budget will be slashed by 10 million, leaving only $2.2 million. (Revised April 5: $12.3 and $2.3 million) ... It’s being billed as a 'transformation' – I think we would use other words. ... Suggestions, comments, questions welcome at: email@example.com . We are working on an action plan – should be able to provide details within a few days." See also ibid. on 8 Apr 2012 (CKUT interview, with audio).
RCI Action Committee blog, 12 Apr 2012: "We feel because of the continuing cuts to RCI since 1990 (See: http://rciaction.org/blog), the government should give RCI financial autonomy and take RCI’s budget away from CBC/Radio-Canada’s control." Ibid, 12 Apr 2012: "It is CBC/Radio-Canada, not Canada’s federal government, that so severely cut the budget and services of Radio Canada International. But it is the government that can step in, stop the cut, and protect RCI."
See also BBG Strategy, 9 Apr 2012, with video clips.
See previous post about same subject.