This website originated as an idea on the CBC Two New Hours Discussion list focussing on New Music in reaction to an article posted in the Globe and Mail stating the intentions of CBC Radio One to change its afternoon programming to consist primarily of sixty percent top 40 music, and forty percent water cooler banter. (Jennifer McGuire - executive director of programming at CBC Radio)
We are concerned that this is a sign of things to come from CBC radio, and we wish to let our voices be heard, no matter how small. If we do not raise our collective swords now, there will be little left to defend within the public arena.
Here you will find two form letters and addresses of CBC and government officials.
Please take the time to send a letter (snail mail is best), an e-mail or a phone call, to these people and let them know that we, the CBC core listenership are outraged by the idea of popularizing our CBC Radio One with top 40 music, and inane water-cooler banter.
Our connecting voice in our vast and diverse nation which tells our stories and sings our songs is losing its identity.
Who will tell us about us if not the CBC?
READ THE REPORT ON THE DEC. 5th MEETING WITH CBC REPRESENTATIVES
SIGN THE PETITION HERE!
Read the CBC/Radio-Canada mandate and the 1991 Broadcasting act.
Click here to see a recent playlist from Freestyle - CBC one's presentation of "the best contemporary music ever made".
E-mail your complaint to the CRTC - IT TAKES 5 MINUTES!!
Communication about CBC programming changes is no longer available through the Two New Hours discussion forum. Is the CBC moderating online forums to stifle criticism? Click here to visit the web page of Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in E-commerce and Law, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law who is currently investigating this allegation.
We would like to point out an alternative to the Two New Hours Discussion List since it is not currently active - ("We've decided to put this list on hiatus for several months. We'd like to rethink its direction and purpose." - Larry Lake March 2006.) Let's help the CBC rethink the purpose of the list:
Please join morenewhours - a discussion forum where you may discuss new music and changes in CBC programming in an unmoderated environment. You will need to identify yourself to the list administrator before you can receive or send postings.
NOTE: The administrators of this site do not intend in any way to discredit the merits of popular culture and music. We simply wish to preserve an alternative format known and loved so well by the CBC core listener demographic.