CBC Vancouver Newsletter



The Insider BC

A monthly newsletter from my office, updating you on what’s ahead for CBC British Columbia. 

2020 arrived last month busy as ever!  And into February with lots of initiatives you'll see below.

And for the employees service milestones, we congratulate the following people for the months of January and February:

·       Michael McArthur - 15 years

·       Mary-Anne Korosi - 20 years

·       Marion Barschel - 25 years

·       Paisley Woodward - 30 years

We take pride in celebrating you, our people!  Once we go through all months this year, we’ll celebrate 2020 achievements next year in 2021.

We hit the ground running in January with our Treading Water affordability feature and the release of two new episodes of Sanctioned to coincide with the extradition hearing of Meng Wanzhou. February is just as busy with some amazing content thanks to all of your hard work!

Congratulations again to Tamara Baluja, who is taking on the New Voices producer project for the next few months. In this role, Tamara will spend two days a week finding compelling new voices to highlight on our various media platforms, specifically on digital, in support of CBC's strategic objectives of reflecting a contemporary Canada and including a diversity of content to our audiences.

The new  Urban Nations content unit is up and running with Wawmeesh Hamilton and Gordon Loverin who are producing radio and digital video stories about Indigenous people living in our cities.

The multi-platform series Shop Talk rolls out on Wednesday February 5th, examining the changing face of grocery shopping in the year 2020. 

We then climb the podium with our Vancouver 2010 Olympic retrospective (can you believe it’s been TEN YEARS since we hosted the winter games?) starting Sunday February 9th.

The always-entertaining world of BC politics cranks up again the week of February 10th with the speech from the throne, followed by Budget Day the week after that. 

On The Coast’s Jeremy Allingham has been working with Liam Britten in the impact unit to produce an upcoming OTC series and news stories called “Brain Trust” pertaining to concussion expertise and advice in sport at all levels.  Stay tuned!

And if that’s not enough, the Cullen Commission on money laundering in BC starts up Monday February 24th.

Production has started on a new local podcast produced by CBC Prince George team Wil Fundal (hosting), Andrew Kurjata and Catherine Hansen. It’s called They & US and it explores gender, non binary and the story of coming out and coming into yourself.  It will roll out late May/ Early June. This is the first small market local podcast and this project has the support of the whole BC Team.. 

10 years later...what's the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics? On February 14 The Early Edition, BC Today and On The Coast take their shows to Whistler and Richmond to explore that question with residents, athletes, indigenous communities, politicians, and cultural groups. The Early Edition will be in Whistler. BC Today and On The Coast will broadcast from the Olympic Oval.

CBC Kamloops is launching the third session of Field Reports - where local residents are mentored through the process of telling their own journalistic stories. 

CBC Victoria is sponsoring Victoria’s Film Fest this month and host Gregor Craigie is hosting some festival events.

On Monday February 10 the new host of The Current, Matt Galloway will be in Vancouver to host a public event on the future of Chinatown.  Matt will also host the show from our Vancouver studios Wednesday, Thursday and Friday February 12, 13 and 14. Liz Hoath is the Senior producer with assistance from Network producer Anne Penman and Matt Meuse and Caroline Chan.

The Debaters is in North Vancouver on February 10 and 11 at the Centennial theatre to record upcoming programs.

CBC Vancouver will host the first local podcast course which is aimed at training and development for a team that has a pitched approved. We made the case to Learning & Development that BC has the expertise to try this and the They & Us team’s project will be the first to pilot the course. 

The Impactful Writing Project continues this month with a special guest delivering training and inspiration the week of February 10th. Al Tompkins is available for two morning and two afternoon sessions February 12-13 focusing on:

How to use "Key Motivators" to make stories more interesting, and focus on the "why" and "how," not just the "what"

Finding focus using three key words - helps clarify what a story is about, helps producers/photojournalists/editors know what a reporter is thinking in the field, and makes headline writing easier

·  What makes a compelling character

·  How to identify the central conflict

·  Story shape - where to put the main surprises of the story

·  Establish the importance of the setting in daily news

·  Word order in sentences and how it helps powerful writing

These sessions are open to everyone in the building, and you can find the sign-up sheet here.

Also coming to Vancouver, the Take Your Writing To The Next Level course for digital writing, a class that was piloted here last year. Participants will be contacted by their supervisor for this intermediate-level class.

This month, we’ll be supporting diversity in arts and celebrating a milestone with the community. 

February 7-16
CBC British Columbia is a proud sponsor of the Victoria Film Festival - Vancouver Island's largest and longest-running film festival. The 10-day event features a diverse selection of 82 feature films and 20 shorts, including 12 Canadian premieres. 

February 14
We are excited to be out in the community, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with live radio remotes and special programming on The Early Edition, BC Today and On The Coast. We have some fun activities in store for the public at the Richmond Olympic Oval broadcasts! 

February 12
Mike Killeen will host a special event at the Vancouver Convention Centre celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. Presented by the Canadian Club of Vancouver, the February 12th event includes a breakfast featuring guest speakers, followed by a relighting of the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza. 

February 18 - 29 
CBC Vancouver is a proud media sponsor of the Talking Stick Festival - one of the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festivals in North America. Now in its 19th year, the festival showcases traditional and contemporary Indigenous performance and art, presented on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish People. The programming includes theatre, storytelling, writing, music, spoken word, dance, film, visual arts – and more!