Interesting email from the Friends of the CBC today...
A small circle of senior managers at the CBC has quietly developed a plan to move the public broadcaster's flagship news program The National from 10 pm to 11 pm on weeknights.
After FRIENDS' blew the whistle on this ill advised scheme, CBC management denied the existence of the plan. A staff person who works for President Hubert Lacroix has written to some concerned viewers again denying any planned move of The National.
We are very pleased to receive this denial and have posted it on our website.
But we continue to be concerned...
While we have no reason to doubt the sincerity of this note, because President Lacroix might well not be aware of the early stages of the planning process, I can assure you that our information is solid.
We must remain vigilant on this matter because of our repeated recent experience with senior CBC officials contradicting themselves on key matters such as placing ads on CBC Radio and changes to Radio 2.
Here's how you can help:
We will present the signatures to the Board prior to their next meeting.
Moving The National to 11 pm would marginalize the public broadcaster's flagship news program - 35% fewer people are available to watch TV at 11 pm, so its audience would decline. Also, placing The National in the same time slot as CTV News would reduce television news choices and diversity of programming.
All of this is a recipe to diminish Canada's most important news program.
That may please Stephen Harper - and other powerful people who don't like CBC's coverage, but for viewers such as you and me, this secret plan - if implemented - would become another in a long string of bad decisions that have alienated CBC's loyal listeners and viewers.
We'll post the number of signers here so you can track our progress.
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting
P.S. Please also ask your friends to sign this petition. It will only take a few seconds and your effort could make all the difference.