Another day, another CBC effort to stray outside of their mandate this time venturing into London, Ontario in a market that is already well served by local media to become the “national podcaster”! They’re using their $1 Billion PLUS taxpayer dollars to do things they’ve not been asked to do and hurting private media interests in the process.
CBC has been saying for a long time that government has starved them and yet they’ve launched a music service that competes with other services that don’t get taxpayer subsidies. They’ve also started expanding their digital newsroom and have put on a big digital media push as they try to become all things to all people on the internet.
No longer satisfied with operating within the mandate that they were given to provide radio and television broadcast services across the country, they instead offer us scintillating stories on the interwebs about how Justin Trudeau lost some sleep when he heard the news of John Ridsdel’s barbaric beheading by jihadist terrorists.
If we can’t get Parliament to move to sell the CBC, maybe we can at least get them to agree to reign the CBC in and require that they stick to their mandate.
Allowing the CBC to continue in this way, will not lead to success but only to failure.
I don’t expect it to happen under Justin Trudeau but we can and should keep making our views known on this issue.