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Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
PO Box 3220 Station C
Ottawa ON K1Y 1E4

		
Dear Mr Rabinovitch:
I am writing regarding CBC Radio’s recent decision to change the formatting of its Radio One content from 11am through 6pm,
 as stated in the Globe and Mail’s article, “CBC Radio revamp aimed at offices” from November 1, 2005.
As a long-time listener and strong supporter of the CBC, I am very concerned by this move. The CBC needs to stop and think
 about what the role of a public broadcaster is. Should it:
(1) compete with private broadcasters to provide a service that reaches the same markets,

or
(2) provide a valuable niche service that cannot be provided by commercial radio ?
I disagree completely with the reasoning behind Jennifer McGuire’s statement in the Globe and Mail that,
 “[This decision] has more to do with the  CBC Radio’s belief that people busy at work or stuck in traffic 
prefer shorter, livelier fare.” I very much enjoyed the longer segments and the break from the “livelier” commercial 
music that is on all the other stations.
Also worrying is the move towards “Music that doesn’t normally make it on the CBC”—or in other words, 
background music—and the move away from Canadian content. Why is the CBC trying to address what the private 
sector already does so well? Why doesn’t the CBC look towards successful public broadcasters in other 
countries instead of modeling itself on private broadcasters who have a completely different mandate? The
CBC should be providing a service that cannot be found anywhere else on the radio, a service that highlights Canadian
music and tastes that are not a part of the mainstream. Trying to play catch-up to commercial radio without commercial 
advertising dollars is a doomed strategy.

For the sake of Canadian culture, I hope that the CBC will rethink these recent changes. I cannot think of a more boring 
concept than a CBC trying to act like a commercial station. You are risking alienating your core listeners without 
attracting any new ones.

		

Sincerely,