CBC's senior programming brass has a secret plan to move the public broadcaster's flagship nightly news program The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. to make room for more prime-time entertainment programming, an industry watchdog group says.
...told the Star the new prime-time shows may not be Canadian and that The National may be reduced by 30 minutes.
The shorter news program would save the cash-strapped broadcaster several million dollars in costs traditionally attached to the nightly newscast, hosted by Peter Mansbridge.
Unequivocal denial, but it sort of sounds in key. What might be more disturbing, all these changes at the CBC seem to be happening with little discussion, mostly dismissed under the guise of economic realities. I think Canadians appreciate a hour long broadcast, it's generally serious and unique. Losing that aspect isn't just a question of time, it's a matter of quality and width. Surely, that's worth a few million in the grand scheme.
When you think about how many things you've learned in that half hour, whether it be a documentary feature or a contest on the coolest spots in Canada, it's just nonsense to think we can no longer afford such "excesses". Somebody needs to get loud and quick.