Friday, March 28, 2008

CBC kills orchestra

The CBC must really, really hate classical music.

First, it guts the heart of Radio Two and cancels many long standing programs such as Disc Drive and Sound Advice.

Now, it's getting rid of its in-house orchestra based in Vancouver -- the last radio orchestra left in North America -- on the flimsy excuse that the million bucks could be better spent recording "hip" artists.

Buffalo chips, heifer dust and codswallop. Not to mention patently un-Canadian.

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A Eliz. said...

The government is cutting back. I also noticed a differnece in the CBC.

ALW said...

Gosh, you don't suppose the CBC killed a show because no one was listening to it, do you? That would just be...bizarre.

BlastFurnace said...

I looked over the numbers for the last quarter at BBM's website. Radio Two, in the last quarter, had a 2.6% average market share against 25 stations, somewhere in the middle of the pack -- and some of the cancelled shows actually were at or near the top of their timeslots.

Of course, a station should be able to rejig its programming like this every so often -- but not throw it out like baby with the bathwater. When they put on a jazz show in place of evening concerts, they tanked.