No, there was no political pressure. Senior executives are frequently replaced when a new vice-president is appointed. This has happened on numerous occasions in the past. In this case, there was an urgent need to transform newsroom production methods.
The Minister’s intervention has nothing to do with what actually happened. Mr. Duceppe declined our offer when he found out that he wouldn’t be able to discuss politics on Médium large because it violated CBC/Radio-Canada journalistic policies.
Mr. Duceppe was later approached about joining the Club des ex on ICI RDI, but had to decline once again because his pension plan’s rules forbade him from working for a Crown corporation above a certain salary.
No. It is common for individuals, organizations, government departments or other lobby groups to apply pressure, sometimes through the courts, to prevent the broadcast of reports or segments that they see as detrimental to their interests. Provided that Radio-Canada executives do not give into this pressure, it can’t be called political interference.
The changes associated with the A space for us all plan are needed to ensure that CBC/Radio-Canada will be better positioned to meet the evolving needs of Canadians and the fundamental shifts transforming the media landscape. A space for us all aims to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for current and future generations of French-speaking Canadians, by delivering programming that’s varied, relevant, as well as more targeted.
No. A department like the Costume Shop is no longer needed in the current TV production context. Our in-house productions already have their own wardrobes and rarely use the Costume Shop. Although some external productions still rely on our services, the demand isn’t high enough to justify keeping the department open.
We never miss an opportunity to remind policy makers of the issues we face due to the rapid evolution of the global media industry. Our strategy will help us cope with changes in the industry and make us viable.
On these and other issues, we are in contact with Government everyday – both with elected officials and with people in government departments like Canadian Heritage, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. We also use public forums to address Canadians directly about our financial situation and its implications for our future.