Thanks to my little friend who sends me every single story the CBC runs hammering the NB Power Hydro Quebec deal – I guess it saves me some leg work.
I have been thinking about the CBC quite a bit lately. I like the CBC. I know several reporters over there and I do radio commentary from time to time.
But I think their posture on this NB Power thing is totally inappropriate. Just about every story I have read from the CBC web site or heard on the radio has been singularly to chip away at the deal – multiple stories every day.
Just about all – there are some that are silly – but just about all of these angles on the story are legitimate – I’m not suggesting otherwise.
But if the CBC was fair it would provide all the angles from both sides. This is the largest public policy decision in a generation and the public, which like me views the CBC as a credible source, is only getting one side of the story. And that’s a shame.
The irony is that people love to hammer the Telegraph-Journal for its bias but if you really look at it (and I do) the TJ editorial and op/ed is mostly supportive but the actual stories on the deal are covering both sides of the issue (thanks again to my friend for sending every negative story from the TJ).
The CBC is disinvesting in New Brunswick – has been for years. And as someone who would love to see a media industry grow here – documentary production, specialty channels, movie production, etc. – this has been disappointing. There is great talent in New Brunswick and I think we could have really done something in this area. I had hoped that when McKenna was chairman of Canwest – he would have thrown us a bone- put some development work down here – but that was not to be. The CBC as well – nothing here but a little retail presence.
And now it seems to be doing everything in its power to scuttle what I believe to be a good faith effort to address a serious issue that threatens our competitiveness as a location for business investment.