The destruction underway at CBC to serious new music programming coupled with SOCAN's lack of interest or ability to adequately deal with "concert music" has created a real problem for serious composers in Canada. SOCAN at least is relatively transparent. The NRCC and all of its money and its treatment of serious performers remain a major mystery.
All the more reason why the current CBC management must be held accountable for the damage they are doing....
Canadian Heritage Committee
As a listener to CBC for more than 50 years, I am saddened and angered by the destruction underway of the excellence we once knew as Radio Two.
CBC management seems to have lost sight of the CBC's obligation under the Broadcasting Act to provide programming that "informs, enlightens and entertains". It seems that the entertainment factor is all that matters now. The CBC was never under any obligation to gain audience share by sacrificing quality. Indeed, quite the contrary.
The cancellation of the Two New Hours program - which had been on the air on Sunday night at 10 o'clock for almost thirty years - is a particularly regrettable example of the damage now being done. In its way, this show was to serious new music what Hockey Night in Canada is to our national sport. This show not only encouraged and sustained much of the activity in serious concert music in Canada. It figured prominently in making Canadian serious composers and performers known throughout the world. Its host and producer are world renowned artists in their own right. It set technical and artistic standards of excellence and built a core community that made Canada proud and raised the bar of musical achievement and heritage.
Now, it is gone. By dissipating the Two New Hours team and its very loyal interactive community of listeners and eliminating that locus and focus every Sunday night at ten, CBC management has done much harm. When bureaucrats with little or no background in either broadcasting or the arts are given control of a 70 year old legacy, it seems they must make their mark by destroying it. I hope they will be held accountable beginning with the Heritage Committee hearings underway this week.
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