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.
About the authors
David Taras holds the Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies at Mount Royal University. He is the author of several books, including The Newsmakers: The Media's Influence on Canadian Politics (1990) and Power and Betrayal in the Canadian Media (2001), and co-author of Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada (2005).
Christopher Waddell is associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, where he holds the Carty Chair in business and financial journalism. He was formerly national editor for The Globe and Mail and Parliamentary bureau chief for CBC television news.
"The End of the CBC? is a book that should be read by anyone who cares about how journalism and democracy intersect."
<em>The Toronto Star</em>, February 29, 2020
Other titles by David Taras
Politics in the New Alberta
How Canadians Communicate V
Media, Power, and Identity in Canada
How Canadians Communicate IV
Media and Politics
Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada
How Canadians Communicate, Vol. 2
Media, Globalization and Identity
The Canadian West
How Canadians Communicate, Vol. 1
Power and Betrayal in the Canadian Media
The Domestic Battleground
Canada and the Arab-Israeli Conflict