The End of the CBC?
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. 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 have changed the media landscape in dramatic ways. 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.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
"The End of the CBC? is a book that should be read by anyone who cares about how journalism and democracy intersect."
The Toronto Star, February 29, 2020
"In many ways, this timely and thought-provoking book is more about saving Canadian journalism than about saving the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."
Literary Review of Canada
"The End of the CBC? argues that Canada’s public broadcaster must rapidly and quite savagely reinvent itself or risk ‘oblivion.’ And it is nothing if not timely reading."
The National Post, March 20, 2020
"As The End of the CBC? makes abundantly clear, the time is ripe for a reassessment and renewal of Canadian public broadcasting. Taras and Waddell assess the options for the CBC in a media world that is increasingly dominated by foreign-based streaming giants. This is a bold and insightful contribution to the study of contemporary mass communications in Canada."
Gregory Taylor, University of Calgary
"The End of the CBC? is a must-read for academics, policy-makers, journalists, and members of the public concerned with how best to secure CBC’s future in our fractious and fragmented media environment."
Patrick McCurdy, University of Ottawa
"The CBC is one of the pillars of Canada’s public square, helping support our culture and political discourse. In their masterfully researched book, Taras and Waddell have exposed the forces inside and outside the corporation that are threatening to pull that pillar down. It’s essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the CBC and our country as a whole."
Sean Holman, Mount Royal University
Author InformationDavid 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
2. Lost Horizons
3. The Politics of Resentment and Neglect
4. The CBC in the Digital Storm
5. The Collapse of Sports and News
6. The Trials and Triumphs of the CBC's Online World
7. More Dashed Hopes
8. Reinvent the CBC or Allow It to Die
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