Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                 SEPTEMBER 2018


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

We greet the arrival of Fall this month and the return of a new broadcast season!

I am extremely excited to welcome our new President & CEO Catherine Tait as she visits the West this month. Catherine's Western tour begins with a Vancouver station visit on September 24th, 2018. She'll then be in Edmonton the following couple of days for the Annual Public Meeting being held on September 25th, 2018.

I will also head to Edmonton to join Catherine and our senior executive team, board members and stakeholders for the APM. The theme this year is "Inclusion and Diversity of Voices". The APM will be preceded by a visit to the Edmonton station by our President & CEO, the Board and members of the Senior Executive Team, where they will meet with employees and answer questions. Following that, Catherine will visit our Calgary station on September 27th where I will also join her for this visit.

Catherine loves to engage and get to know all CBC employees, so we'll make sure there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet her and to introduce yourself.

My counterparts from across the country - the SMD's group - will be in Vancouver for a 2-day meeting on September 13th & 14th. Our strategy under Local Services continue to focus on Community, Culture and Content. As you'll see below from our Western leadership team, September highlights include initiatives relating to the three Cs as well as Diversity and Inclusion.

And finally, as we continue to take pride in celebrating anniversary milestones, we're happy to mention the following people who have reached the 15 and 30 year marks during the month of September 2018. This achievement will be celebrated in January 2019.
15 Years - Mark Fairfield, Matthew McFarlane
30 Years - David French, John Fulton

Thank you from everyone at CBC!

The restructuring of the Vancouver newsroom is just about complete and gets rolling this month, with an expanded Enterprise unit, Assignment and overnight VJ's 7 days a week, all meant to drive more original and visual content on all platforms.

Just in time for Back to School, News is thrilled to present a co-produced, multi-platform series with Current Affairs led by Victoria Associate Producer Jean Paetkau called "Beyond Beads and Bannock" about the integration of indigenous curriculum in BC schools. It rolls out September 3rd week.

And election, election, election ... all our teams are gearing up for local elections around BC:
Our Metro Matters newsletter, which talks about all things civic election, launched in the summer and is going gangbusters in the lead-up to the civic elections in October.
September 4th, The Early Edition launches a former mayors panel of Mike Harcourt and Dianne Watts, who each week will take on an issue that has long vexed Metro Vancouver and examine candidates' solutions.
Starting September 5th, On the Coast will air weekly Wednesday Open Lines on issues facing Metro Vancouver in the election
September 6th. The Early Edition launches ''Election Cycle", a multimedia project that sees Stephen Quinn riding a bike with a different Vancouver mayoral candidate each week -- steering them to a part of Vancouver we want to grill them about. Great cooperation with digital and TV ensures you'll see it on all our platforms.
On The Coast in mid September launches a Trouble Spot segment - Margaret Gallagher takes us to a "trouble spot" in a lower mainland municipality (eg. crime, transit/bus lineups, homeless shelters, etc)

The season opening show on Quirks and Quarks is called What to Save. Host Bob McDonald recorded the majority of the show in the field on the southcoast with a focus on the precarity of the southern killer whale population--a timely topic given the late August Federal Court decision on Trans Mountain. The special airs on Saturday September 8th.

CBC Victoria is turning 20! September 28th marks the exact date and we're throwing a 20th anniversary concert in Victoria that will air as a BC wide radio special. The Victoria audience is invited to Alix Goolden Performance Hall to hear two great local bands: Fallbrigade and Towers and Trees. Before the show, everyone's invited to come by CBC Victoria for some coffee and to meet Gregor Craigie, Robyn Burns, Michelle Eliot, Sheryl MacKay and other CBC hosts.

We're continuing our Editorial Boards and will welcome members of Surrey's Punjabi community to our building September 18th.

September marks a time of commitment, inspiration and fresh ideas! This month, the communications team channels the energy of the equinox with projects that are inspired by the Fall harvest and back-to-school.

September 5th - 9th: As students and teachers return to school ready to learn and teach, CBC Vancouver launches Best Advice Ever: Back to School Edition! The community is invited to join the online conversation with CBC Vancouver hosts as they share inspiration and advice received as a youth from a teacher, friend, parent, or person of influence. Follow CBC Vancouver's social accounts to take part in the conversation.

September 9th: CBC Vancouver's Lien Yeung hosts Feast of Fields. Proudly sponsored by CBC Vancouver, Feast of Fields is a wandering harvest festival and highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and farm and city folk. Funds raised from the event supports FarmFolk CityFolk's work to cultivate local, sustainable food systems across British Columbia.

September 13th: People across B.C. are invited to share food and ideas with their community for On the Table, an initiative with the Vancouver Foundation. CBC is a proud sponsor of the event which invites people across the province to host conversations about what really matters to them over a meal with their friends, neighbours and colleagues on September 13th. The topics discussed will be collected and shared on social media to provide a snapshot of what's on people's minds in B.C. Join the conversation using the hashtag #onthetableBC!

September 22nd: CBC Vancouver proudly sponsors 'Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening With Ira Glass' in Vancouver on September 22nd at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Ira Glass is the creator, producer & host of This American Life, which airs on CBC Radio One Sundays at 11:00 p.m. Using audio clips, music, and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk; sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling.

September 25th: On September 8th, people around the world celebrate International Literacy Day. To mark the occasion, CBC Vancouver has partnered with Decoda's Literacy Solutions to celebrate literacy all month long! On September 25th, CBC Vancouver's Dan Burritt will host the Team Trivia Challenge at The Distillery in Yaletown. Get a team together and make your answers count at this fun fundraising event in support of literacy in B.C!  Also, Decoda wants to hear from you in the month of September. Submit your stories on how you celebrate literacy in the "Literacy is Life" contest.

September 28th: CBC Victoria celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a meet and greet with Radio One hosts and a free concert at Alix Goolden Hall! The entire community is invited to both events to celebrate 20 years of island-centric programming. Local musical talent performing at the concert include Towers and Trees and Fallbrigade.

A reminder to watch your calendars for a couple of staff meetings the week of September 17th. This is your chance to give the management team your thoughts/comments/concerns about the structural changes. We'll also see how we're doing with our Dialogue Survey action plan, and will roll out the changes to how we email to improve communication and reduce the number of emails we all get. Stay tuned!

Staffing changes are still underway in the current affairs department as Theresa Duvall steps into her Executive Producer role and we work to manage the ripple effect from that. Catherine Rolfsen is sliding over to produce The Early Edition. And after 17years reporting for morning show, Margaret Gallagher is moving to On the Coast. You'll start to see others moving into new desks as well. Stay tuned for more developments as we move forward.

CBC MUSIC from Mark Macarthur, Executive Producer

A Propos host Jim Corcoran has announced that he will be leaving the long-running show. His last episode will be broadcast on CBC Radio One on Saturday, Sept. 1st, at 11 p.m. and on CBC Music on Sunday, Sept. 2nd, at 4 p.m.

Corcoran has hosted A Propos for 30 years now, highlighting some of the best recordings and interviewing French-Canadian artists from francophone Canada, with special emphasis on Quebec's popular music scene.

Replacing A Propos in its time slot will be a show that will continue to feature the music of francophone Canada called C'est Formidable! with host Florence K. It will start the week of Sept. 8th on CBC Radio One and Sept. 9th on CBC Music.

Canadian Music Class Challenge
Tuesday August 28th (Launch) - ongoing until December 2018.
At CBC, we believe that music studies have produced some of the most thoughtful, conceptual and creative thinkers. Our Canadian Music Class Challenge (in partnership with MusiCounts) encourages music learning with a fun and engaging competition for students from elementary to senior high schools.  The winning classes of Canada's Greatest Music Class will receive full classroom recording kits for the whole school to use. Coverage on radio includes interviews with this year’s musicians who contributed songs to be covered, testimonials from students and teachers across the country, and a spotlight on heritage artists contribution to musical education.

Tempo’s A Festival of Nations
Monday September 3rd to Friday September 7th
9 am to 1pm daily
Julie Nesrallah presents a week-long celebration of music and composers. Every day points the spotlight on a new nation, from Britain, Russia, Italy, France and Germany. A wonderful way to discover and enjoy the musical hearts and minds of each country's best and brightest stars.

A Decade of Drive
Tuesday September 4th|
3:30 to 7 pm on CBC Music
Rich Terfry’s Drive celebrates a decade on the air with a now-and-then edition of the show. We look back at the best albums released in 2008 and play them alongside what those artists are up to today. You’ll also hear shout-outs to Rich and the Drive audience from musicians and CBC music personalities sharing their favourite moments from the past ten years.

Afterdark’s First Birthday
Tuesday September 4th
8 pm to Midnight on CBC Music
Host Odario Williams celebrates his first year on the air with Afterdark by inviting his loyal audience to share their favourite musical discoveries from the past twelve months. He’ll also share the best stories from listeners about what they are doing while listening to the show and where they are tuning in from. It’s a cross country night time journey.

Drive to the CCMA Awards
Friday September 7th
6 to 7 pm (6:30 in Newfoundland) on CBC Music
We gear up for the CCMA Awards with Rich Terfry and special guest co-host and CCMA Award nominee Jess Moskaluke. This is your primer on all things hot in Canadian country music.

C’est formidable! Debuts
Saturday September 8th
4 pm in Atlantic, 11 pm in Eastern, Central, Mountain  and Pacific on Radio 1

Sunday September 9th
4 pm on CBC Music
CBC Music and Radio 1 welcome C’est formidable!, a brand new show featuring a fresh mix of new sounds and past hits from Quebec and the Francophone world. Host Florence K is one of Quebec’s best known performers and personalities. Her charming manner and extraordinary knowledge will connect you to the latest musical trends in Quebec.

The Polaris Music Gala
Monday September 17th
Honouring artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction as awarded by a select panel of music critics who judge without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity, CBC Music is proud to be the official media partner of the Polaris Prize. Rich Terfry shares an hour of songs and stories from the Polaris short list on Drive at 6 pm, 6:30 in Newfoundland. Then join us for the live Polaris Music Prize broadcast at

Posted on September 5th 2018.