Some of you may listen to the radio station that employs me. You may have heard that there are some questions about its future.
1. In an effort to shape a plan for the next five+ years, there is a survey asking questions like how important CBC is to you and what you think it should do to best serve this country. You can take it here:http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/explore/strategies/survey/
2. Tomorrow night, As It Happens will have a segment with CBC’s president, and will be taking questions from the audience/Canadians. Details here: http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/blog/2014/05/09/the-future-of-cbc-your-chance-to-ask-questions/
Let’s be real: people are losing their jobs. Less people means less stuff gets done. There are less investigations, less questions, less time to form an understanding of the issues that shape our country/world.
It’s not unique to CBC, that’s for sure. Talk to people in the privates and they have trouble, too.
That doesn’t give me comfort, though. I think journalism plays an important role in our world. I like the idea that the people charged with understanding and translating these issues to us every day are able to make a decent living off of doing so. And that they have the resources to do it. And I happen to think public broadcasting can play an important role in that, especially in a time when the business model for private news services is in a state of flux.
Maybe you agree with me, maybe you don’t, maybe you sort of do. Regardless: the future is being shaped, might as well play a role.
Today is the ninth annual International Soufflé Day. I’m not normally one to mark made-up days, but this one has a soft spot for me.
Four years ago I had just started at CBC on a trial basis. I had virtually no experience. It was a big chance to prove that I could bring something to the table.