Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                              DECEMBER 2018


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

As we welcome December and the end of the calendar year, I want to thank each and everyone of you for an amazing twelve months. The West has seen a lot of change and challenges, but you have once again come up on top. Our Digital engagement continues to grow. Our Radio and audio platforms continue to dominate. And our visual storytelling is leading with innovation across the country.

Our Local Services strategy is working. Next year we will shape and contribute towards greater engagement as we develop the overall strategy for CBC/Radio-Canada that looks beyond 2020. It's an exciting time for Public Broadcasting and our industry, as the evolution continues to bring great opportunities. Much more to come on that in the next few months.

The 2018 Dialogue Survey results have been completed. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing the findings of your feedback, and putting forward action plans. The follow-up on the survey helps build on our positive overall momentum that we've achieved over the past three years to drive engagement higher, and improve our workplace and culture.

I hope you will all take some well-deserved time off during the coming weeks. And I wish you and yours all the very best during this holiday season!



With Open House & Food Bank Day just around the corner, CBC Vancouver News is running a week's worth of content on all platforms around the people who use the food bank and how important those organizations are. Watch for our new 6:00 anchors Mike Killeen and Anita Bathe out in the field for this very special series.

December 7, all our CBC Vancouver radio programs and hosts will be live from studio 700 for this year's Open House and Food Bank Day, driven by producer Anne  Penman's years of effort, the excellent music production of Michael Juk and Jon Sidall, and Food Bank day show planners Vivian Luk, Charlie Cho and Matthew Lazin-Ryder this year. Thanks in advance to the entire mighty team effort it takes to pull off this wonderful day of entertainment and giving at CBC.

CBC Kelowna's Daybreak South has launched a holiday series called Holiday Cheers as a way to pay tribute to local heroes. We're asking people to nominate local do-gooders who we will then profile. At the end of the series we'll put all the names in a hat -- both nominators and nominees -- and make a draw for a prize package.

This past Fall, The Early Edition put out a talkback call for stories about the kindness of strangers. We received so many amazing responses that we're going to track down the callers for feature interviews, and then see if we can find the strangers that helped them. Tune in to help us solve the mysteries the week of December 10.  And all of December, we'll be highlighting the joy of the season -- from givers to giveaways -- in a daily feature called Holiday Lights.

December 26 - Giving Back.
A one hour network special on Boxing Day celebrating CBC Food Bank fundraising events in December 2018. Host Gloria Macarenko and producer Anne Penman

Also Victoria's Jean Paetkau and Ross Bragg have produced another holiday replacement program Beyond
Beads and Bannock which will air New Year's day.


Justin McElroy's special project now has a name!  "Metro Matters: On The Road" starts this week with Justin visiting many of the communities in BC that have new mayors and councils, reporting on how those changes will affect the people who live there and the wider implications for the province.

At CBC Kamloops the week of Food Bank Day (December 3 - 7) Daybreak Kamloops is having a week long open house in the final half hour Monday through Thursday. We'll have live entertainment, sing-along with City Council and even Santa. We'll invite people in to say hello, have a coffee, and make a donation to the Food Bank. And then on Friday, listeners will hear the province-wide show from Vancouver.

December 13 is CBC Victoria's annual Christmas Carol Reading put on at Our Place. Gregor Craigie, Khalil Akhtar, Robyn Burns, Megan Thomas, Sheryl Mackay, Bob McDonald and Shelagh Rogers will all take part in this great community event.


December is always a busy month with the two-week holiday break. Thank you to everyone who will be working over the Christmas and New Year's periods! And what comes after holiday season? Awards season! Start thinking about the work you've done over the past year that is worthy of an RTDNA award. Applications open this month and we'll be looking for your suggestions on what we submit. Josh Pagé in Kelowna continues and completes the "West" syndication pilot for radio this month. So far BC and Alberta weekday radio shows are enjoying a lot more local and relevant guests and content. We wish this pilot every success!


December inspires visions of festive lights, peppermint mochas, flannel PJ's and cozying up by a fire. For the Comms department, December brings a surge of adrenaline and to-do lists with Open House & Food Bank Day right around the bend!  After the craziness and feel-good-vibes of CBC Vancouver's hallmark community event, we're looking forward to a month of peace, harmony and joy for all.

CBC Vancouver's Open House & Food Bank Day returns December 7 and, once again we are so excited to open our doors to the public. The day will be packed with free newsroom tours and we'll be spreading the CBC Vancouver cheer amongst every visitor we meet. It is our goal that every person leaves OHFBD feeling genuinely connected to British Columbia's public broadcaster.

CBC Vancouver is a proud media sponsor of the Chor Leoni Men's Choir 2018-2019 season, which includes December's production 'Christmas with Chor Leoni'. This festive series runs four consecutive nights (December 14-17) at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.


On Sunday December 23, CBC Music presents JOY TO THE WORLD, a full day of classical concerts from around the European Union celebrating the Christmas season. This will be from around the EU. This year, starting at 9:00am, host Tom Allen will present 8 performances marking the 25th year of the European Broadcast Union's special series of Christmas concerts, including: Germany, Austria, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

On December 24 and 25, CBC Music will present a festive twist on popular radio shows from CBC hosts Rich Terfry, Florence K, Raina Douris, Odario Williams, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, Julie Nesrallah, Paolo Pietropaolo, Tom Allen, Laila Biali, Amanda Parris and Katherine Duncan. The full 2018 holiday CBC radio schedule for CBC Music and CBC Radio One can be found HERE.

12-STREAMS-A-STREAMING, expertly curated playlists from CBC Music, are now available to stream for the
perfect soundtrack to any holiday activity. All your favourite Christmas jingles from Classical to Pop and from Blues to Jazz are playing 24/7. Listen HERE


CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre events calendar for December 2018

May 1 – December 31: Amazon Prime's The Man in the High Castle – Season 4 X, Studios 40, 41, S Floor Staging & Parking Garage

December 1:  Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, Studio 700

December 7:  Open House & Food Bank Day, Studio 700

December 16: CBC/Radio-Canada, Kids Holiday Party, Studio 700

Posted on Tuesday December 4, 2018.