CFN – It seems that there’s a move a foot to kill the CBC. And it’s coming from within.
Hubert Lacroix, the reigning President of our Nation’s broadcaster looks like
Gordon Gekko a business guy/bureaucrat brought in to dismantle the CBC one block at a time.
He didn’t work his way up the broadcaster, but was appointed by Stephen Harper who clearly is no fan of public broadcasting.
The big question is why are the staffers so quietly walking the plank as layer after layer of lay offs occur?
Has the CBC served its purpose and not needed in our country any longer?
Is the public clamoring to save it and shows like 22 Minutes? Is there a role for the CBC in this industry in 2014 and the future?
Probably not as it has existed. Does anyone think for example if Justin Trudeau replaces Mr. Harper that all those jobs will return?
Clearly the CBC needs to be re-defined and then Canadians need to decide if they want to fund it and use it.
In this digital age the CBC could have a major role in helping evolve and retain Canadian talent. The bigger question for staff facing cuts and layoffs is how to stave those off?
Is it time for the CBC staff to buy the “Beeb” and run it as a co-op? Would CBC staff and their unions for example, take a 50% pay cut to take control over their own destinies instead of being bull dozed by one particular leader or party? Could they compete in the current market place?
Should the CBC simply be given a formulaic stipend for the conditions set upon it by the Canadian government? Should some of the monies the government earns from licensing and digital fees go directly to supporting the CBC? Should we have a CBC lottery?
Mostly though should some government appointed stooge ever be allowed to helm the CBC again? Surely you can’t expect positive results when you look at Mr. Lacroix’s resume, can you? After all the CBC was never meant to be profitable; but it also was never meant to be bad.
Looking at some of his gigs; Telemedia was sold off in parts. Zarlink was involved in a hostile takeover. Donahue Inc.’s shares were sold off. Michelin is still in business; but then you always need good wheels to get away in after you’re part of the end of a company. Hubert Lacroix looks like he was a man appointed to kill the CBC, not lead it.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Lacroix attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf  before receiving a Bachelor of Law degree from the McGill University Faculty of Law in 1976. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1977 and received a master of Business Administration from McGill in 1981. He started practising law with the firm of O’Brien, Hall, Saunders in 1977.
A senior adviser with the law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, he was Executive Chairman of Telemedia Corporation from 2000 to 2003. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Zarlink Semiconductors since 1992. He also sat on the Boards of Donohue Inc., Circo Craft Co. Inc., Adventure Electronics Inc. and Michelin Canada Inc.
Lacroix is an associate professor with the Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal where he teaches in the securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He was a basketballcolour commentator on Télévision de Radio-Canada during the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympics. He was also a weekly contributor for Radio-Canada’s Hebdo-Sports radio show. His recent time in the Oasis Montreal Half-Marathon was 1:32:41.0.
He was appointed president and CEO of the CBC, effective January 1, 2008, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in November 2007 replacing Robert Rabinovitch.Lacroix was re-appointed for a second term, on October 5, 2012.
As the public focus on the CBC shifts away from the Jian Ghomeshi mess it might be time, in light of these many lay offs and cuts, to really start to dialog about the CBC; before it’s gone.
What we do know at this point is that the employees and staff need to play a bigger role if the CBC is going to survive. And that more will probably be more than refusing awards as happened recently.
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