End of the CBC

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University of Toronto Press, Feb 18, 2020 - Public broadcasting - 240 pages

The End of the CBC? is about three overlapping crises: the crisis that has enveloped the CBC, the crisis of news, and the crisis of democracy. The emergence of platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix, the hyper-targeting of individual users through data analytics, the development of narrow online identity communities, and the rise of an attention economy have changed the media landscape in dramatic ways. Describing the failure of successive governments to address problems faced by the public broadcaster, this book explains how the CBC lost its place in sports, drama, and entertainment. Taras and Waddell propose a way forward for the CBC - one in which the corporation concentrates its resources on news and current affairs and re-establishes a reputation for depth and quality.

 

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The End of the CBC? by David Taras and Christopher Waddell was a very informative read that educated me about the history of the CBC as well as its current plight. I'll preface my comments with the ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Lost Horizons
26
3 The Politics of Resentment and Neglect
45
4 The CBC in the Digital Storm
72
5 The Collapse of Sports and News
98
6 The Trials and Triumphs of the CBCs Online World
127
7 More Dashed Hopes
139
8 Reinvent the CBC or Allow It to Die
158
Notes
179
Bibliography
197
Index
211
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David Taras is a professor and Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies at Mount Royal University.

Christopher Waddell is a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

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