From the National Post:
- Providing viewers with a Canadian alternative by Jeff Keay, head of media relations, English communications, CBC/Radio- Canada
“But while we’re happy that millions of Canadians are enjoying shows like Hockey Night in Canada, Rick Mercer Report, This Hour Has 22 Minutes (which are, for the record, consistently winning their time slots) and Little Mosque on the Prairie, we also believe there is a place for other Canadian programs like Trudeau, Rene Levesque, and October 1970. While they may not attract large audiences, they are nonetheless important because they reflect our public service mandate.”
- Answering the CBC
“Does the CBC deliver more Canadian-made programs than the other network? Sure. Problem is, a lot of it is quite bad. They produce two news-comedy shows (22 Minutes and Air Farce) that are virtually indistinguishable and the much-hyped Little Mosque on the Prairie that, as yet, has made me neither laugh nor see Canadian multiculturalism in any kind of new light. And the shows look terrible, too. Little Mosque, 22 Minutes and Air Farce all lack the kind of professional production and cinematography that make CTV’s Corner Gas look and feel like a real TV show. There’s no mistaking the second-rate production values of CBC’s home-made programs.”
EDIT: The first article is in response to this Feb. 15 article:
- Whither Mother Corp?
“There are probably more Canadians who complain about CBC television than actually watch it. The public network, which was already in ratings free fall before its month-long 2005 staff lockout, has seen its viewership numbers drop even faster since. On a typical evening, under 700,000 Canadians tune into the Ceeb for any part of prime time, down from about 900,000 prelockout and over 1.5 million a decade ago.”