Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                            NOVEMBER 2018


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

As we get closer to the end of the year, the West continues to propel forward our local services strategy and delivering incredibly relevant content, community engagement, and award winning journalism.  Thank you for your continued hard work and creative talents!

Before you roll your eyes, we got an extension this week to complete the 2018 Dialogue Survey.  I promise that this will be THE last nudge from me. Our Western region is doing great at 81% completion rate, but let’s aim higher. Search "Gallup" in your email for your personal invitation link to the survey.  Friday is the absolute deadline.

A team from the network will be visiting Vancouver (and a few other cities across the country) in the coming weeks to meet with the leadership and communications teams to discuss CBC Gem - CBC's online streaming service and app. You may already be familiar with CBC Gem. Formerly known as the CBC player, our streaming service will be re-launched on December 17 with a new name, new look and more Canadian content.  This is a very important part of our OTT (over the top) strategy.

And during the last week of November, I will be attending a joint ME/SMD group meeting.  Managing Editors and Senior Managing Directors across the country will gather in Toronto to collectively discuss two key pillars of our content strategy particularly - Content Diversification and Creative Visual Storytelling - how to shape, expand and optimize structural changes to unlock best in class delivery of these two key objectives in our Local Services Strategy.

Finally, as we continue to take pride in celebrating anniversary milestones, we're happy to mention the following person who has reached the 30 year mark during the month of November 2018.  This achievement will be celebrated in January 2019.

30 years - Manjula Dufresne

Thank you from everyone at CBC!

The municipal elections may be behind us, but we’re not done voting! This month CBC News turns its attention to the mail-in referendum on electoral reform. As the public broadcaster, we are perfectly positioned to help people decide how to vote and why. Our coverage on all platforms kicks into high gear the week of November 5th, culminating in a live debate between Premier John Horgan and Official Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson on the merits of proportional representation. The half-hour event on November 8th at 7pm will be carried live on TV, Radio One, and online.

The week of November 19, Pretty Lonely. The Early Edition airs a series on isolation as part of the CBC-Langara Read Mercer Fellowship. It asks why a growing number of young Vancouverites feel the deep pain of social isolation and loneliness despite a number of initiatives from the city, and explores solutions, both personal and political.

Week of November 26, 2050: Degrees of Change Solutions series. We explore solutions to climate change that Vancouverites can act on now, in conjunction with the launch of the bonus episode of CBC's award-winning podcast, recorded live this month at the podcast festival.

A huge thank you to CBC reporter Justin McElroy, who just wrapped up a successful one-year pilot of the Municipal Affairs reporter position. Justin is now embarking on a project that directly speaks to the Community pillar of the three C’s Local Services Strategy. With so many new mayors and councils across Metro Vancouver and the province, Justin will be reporting from within those communities on the issues important to the people who live there. This project (which needs a good name!) will be highlighted on all three platforms - TV, radio, and online.

November 24 - CBC Prince George turns 30!  The team is planning special programming and outreach to mark the occasion.

Also on November 24, CBC Victoria is getting ready for our annual appearance in the Santa Christmas Light's parade in downtown Victoria. It’s always a fun way to kick off the season.

Reminder - Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday November 4th. We “fall back” and set our clocks back one hour at 2am. Enjoy “sleeping in!”

Watch for an invitation to a training course on Scribe, a new tool designed by your CBC colleagues!

CBC Scribe is a new tool to solve an old problem. Every day CBC journalists spend hundreds of hours transcribing interviews for web, TV and radio stories. This tool frees up time by giving an accurate machine generated transcript to work with. This tool, pitched and developed through the Idea Accelerator, is now rolling out to all journalists across the country.  It integrates directly with existing tools journalists are used to using. Interviews are sent through Avid MediaCentral, Dalet or directly into a folder and the transcript arrives in iNews.

A reminder that the CBC recognizes Remembrance Day as a stat holiday and because November 11th falls on a Sunday, the designated statutory holiday is Monday November 12th.  We are still on the air with our programs.

The communications and programming departments are working hard behind the scenes this month on all things CBC Vancouver. And of course, we’re elbows deep in Open House and Food Bank Day planning, which is just 5 weeks away. All things considered, we’re grateful for that hour gained on the clock this month!

November 5 - Community

CBC Vancouver is a proud sponsor of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50. The annual tradition celebrates individuals who hold great influence in Vancouver in a wide array of sectors, including politics, education, culture, health, social justice and the arts. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on November 5 at the Vancouver Club.

November 9 - Content

On Nov. 9, podcast fans are invited to join CBC’s Senior Meteorologist and Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe for a live taping of 2050: Degrees of Change at the Vancouver Podcast Festival. CBC Vancouver is proud to sponsor the festival which runs November 8-10.

The 2018 Canadian Music Class Challenge is in full swing! This is the 4th annual edition of the national contest from CBC Music, designed to shine a light on music education in Canada. Each year, music teachers select a song from our list and teach it to the kids. Then they make a video of the students performing the song and submit it to us.

2018 is the most successful year yet, with well over 750 music classes signed up from coast to coast to coast (so far) learning a Canadian song from our list. Many schools from BC have signed up, from Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Nelson, Castlegar, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Salt Spring, and many, many other places.

The prizes include $5000 worth of new musical instruments for the winning classes in our six age categories from elementary to high school. The most popular song choices this year range from Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to the Arkells' "People's Champ". The registration and video submission deadline this year is November 27, so there is still time to sign up classes and submit videos. All videos will be presented on the CBC Music Class YouTube channel. Here's an early stand out:

For more information on the 2018 Canadian Music Class Challenge, contact Grant Lawrence at 6755 or


CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre events calendar for November 2018






May 1 – November 30

Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle – Season 4


Studios 40, 41,

S Floor Staging & Parking Garage

November 2 – 4

Music on Main – Modulus Festival

Studio 700

November 9

Doxa Podcast Festival

Studio 700

November 14

E-Commerce Networking Event


Studio 700

November 17

Society of We are Canadians Too

Studio 700

November 19

Giller Light Bash

Studio 700

November 22

National Advertising Benevolent Society

Studio 700

November 26

Internet Masterminds Networking event


Studio 700

November 28-29

Awkward Theatre Holiday Fundraiser

Studio 700