The End of the CBC?

By David Taras and Christopher Waddell

© 2020

The End of the CBC? is about three overlapping crises: the crisis that has enveloped the CBC, the crisis of news, and the crisis of democracy. They are all the result to some degree of the vast changes that have overtaken and consumed the media world in the last ten to fifteen years. The emergence of platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix, the hyper-targeting of individual users through data analytics, the development of narrow online identity communities, and the rise of an attention economy that makes it more and more difficult for any but the most powerful media organizations to be noticed, have changed the media landscape in dramatic ways. The effects on the CBC and on other Canadian media organizations have been shattering.

Describing the failure of successive governments to address problems faced by the public broadcaster, this book explains how the CBC lost its place in sports, drama, and entertainment. Taras and Waddell propose a way forward for the CBC – one in which the corporation concentrates its resources on news and current affairs and re-establishes a reputation for depth and quality.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO

Book Formats

SKU# HE000736

  • PUBLISHED FEB 2020
    From: $34.95
    ISBN 9781487593520
  • PUBLISHED FEB 2020

    From: $60.00

    Regular Price: $80.00

    ISBN 9781487593537
  • PUBLISHED JAN 2020
    From: $27.95
Library Recommendation

Preview this Book

Quick Overview

After almost 90 years, the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, has reached a crossroads. This book examines the political, economic, social, media, and cultural forces that have pushed the CBC to the point where it must be reimagined and re-invented.

The End of the CBC?

By David Taras and Christopher Waddell

© 2020

The End of the CBC? is about three overlapping crises: the crisis that has enveloped the CBC, the crisis of news, and the crisis of democracy. They are all the result to some degree of the vast changes that have overtaken and consumed the media world in the last ten to fifteen years. The emergence of platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix, the hyper-targeting of individual users through data analytics, the development of narrow online identity communities, and the rise of an attention economy that makes it more and more difficult for any but the most powerful media organizations to be noticed, have changed the media landscape in dramatic ways. The effects on the CBC and on other Canadian media organizations have been shattering.

Describing the failure of successive governments to address problems faced by the public broadcaster, this book explains how the CBC lost its place in sports, drama, and entertainment. Taras and Waddell propose a way forward for the CBC – one in which the corporation concentrates its resources on news and current affairs and re-establishes a reputation for depth and quality.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The End of the CBC? is a book that should be read by anyone who cares about how journalism and democracy intersect."


    Tony Burman
    The Toronto Star, February 29, 2020
  • Author Information

    David Taras is a professor and Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies at Mount Royal University.


    Christopher Waddell is a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.
  • Table of contents

    1. The End of the CBC? 
    2. Lost Horizons 
    3. The Politics of Resentment and Neglect 
    4. The CBC in the New Attention Economy 
    5. The Collapse of Sports and News  
    6. More Dashed Hopes 
    7. Reinvent the CBC or Allow It to Die

By the Same Author(s)

Related Titles