Yesterday, I discovered that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been "delisted" from the FDRP. Now I know why---the real estate portfolio has been liquidated:
|In 1985, the CBC owned 485 buildings and 1,870 hectares of land. (From: The Nielsen Report-1985-Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.)|
"We've been hacking away at our vast portfolio of real estate" said Maryse Bertrand, CBC vice-president of real estate. (From: "CBC moves to find tenants for extra space at its Toronto headquarters" by Steve Ladurantaye, Globe and Mail June 15, 2012.)
Ms. Bertrand, Canadians own the buildings and land you are "hacking away at"; not you, Carole Taylor, Robert Rabinovitch or any other executive at Canada's national broadcaster. In 1992, the Crown corporation owned a few properties in Ottawa:
-608 transmission towers
-750 transmission sites
-2,500 transmitters. (From: CBC/Radio Canada - CBC Seeks Buyer for its Transmission Assets-July 18, 2000.)
Less than a year later, a Shawinigan, Quebec CBC Tower was demolished.YouTube has a video of the demolition, google "Tower falling after plane crashes into it Mont Carmel". The transmission tower was almost as tall as the Empire State Building in New York City.
The Crown corporation recently decommissioned 620 analogue transmitters, which will negatively impact Canadians who live in the Far North and Atlantic Canada, rural parts of the country and low-income earners. During the 1980's, 99% of Canadians had access to CBC television and radio.(From: The Canadian Broadcasting Company -The Canadian Encyclopedia - Hurtig Publishing Limited, 1985.)
Since the Mulroney era, the Mother Corp has had a cozy relationship with cable companies.
In 1990, supposedly because of "budget cuts" the CBC discontinued its role as a parliamentary broadcaster. Now, a coalition of cable companies, called CPAC, is Canada's parliamentary and public affairs broadcaster.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation may sell Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers Communications.
Instead of laying off employees, cancelling television programs, shutting down television and radio stations and selling Crown property, the CBC should adhere to its Official Mandate:
The programming provided by the Corporation should:
The King of Kensington
The Juliette Show
The Forest Rangers
Quentin Durgens, M.P.
Anne Murray specials
Ian and Sylvia specials
Front Page Challenge
This Hour Has Seven Days
Billy Bishop Goes To War
|My father George Shaw, and Gordon Pinsent, the star of "Quentin Durgens, M.P. and "The Forest Rangers."|
Be made available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means...The broadcaster should never have discontinued analogue transmission service.
Many Canadians who cannot afford it will now have to pay for cable or satellite television service, thanks to unaccountable, highly-paid appointees.
CBC radio and television provided a vital service, particularly in Northern and Atlantic Canada, when they warned the population about impending weather disasters, such as hurricanes and massive snowfalls.