Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                 OCTOBER 2018


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

The 2018 Dialogue Survey is scheduled to open on October 15th, 2018. This annual survey, conducted by Gallup, provides you with an opportunity to have your say, and in doing so create a new snapshot of our working environment and where we stand in terms of employee engagement. It’s also part of our continued commitment to keep the conversations going around what we’re doing well and where we can do better.

A number of new initiatives and meetings are planned for the month of October to help us move further with our local services strategy.  

Managing Editors from across the country will be meeting face-to-face in Yellowknife October 3rd and 4th, 2018.  On the agenda are two key objectives in our content pillar, how to further diversify our content and to define creative visual storytelling strategy.

Week of October 9th, I will be joining the Communications Managers meeting in Halifax as the team continues the work on a number of initiatives including a Local Services brand campaign.

Local Services Smaller Markets community of practice has been exploring the reality of living our strategy in smaller markets – the issues and challenges and brainstorming for solutions.  Forums have been held with participants from regions country-wide.  The next forum will be held in Toronto on October 24th and 25th.  Participants representing the West region this rotation are George Baker, Marion Barschel, Doug Herbert, Megan Thomas, Carolina De Ryk and Madeline Green.
And toward the end of this month, I’ll be heading to Winnipeg attending the Senior Managing Directors group meeting. 


It’s all elections, all the time, leading up to the big municipal vote on October 20th. Stephen Quinn continues his amazing Election Cycles project with the various mayoralty candidates in Vancouver and Justin McElroy has made it his personal mission to attend one election-themed event every day until election day - you call follow all the fun on his social media feeds! Election day itself will include a live radio/digital special with live results as they come in and a wrap-up TV special that night.
Season Two of popular podcast Other People’s Problems, produced in Vancouver by Jodie Martinson and Lee Rosevere launches October 29th.

On Oct 7th, CBC Music will release 7 videos by Vancouver-based Blonde Diamond.  This fast-rising dream-pop quintet imagines their music as "What the 60's thought the future would sound like."  Alexis Young is their driving force and singer. She's got that magnetic quality that makes you look and listen.  The session was produced in CBC Studio One by the team of Jon Siddall, Michael Juk, Adam PW Smith, Brian Chan, Mathias Wolfsohn, Richard Grundy and Colin Fode.

We have municipal election mayoral debates coming up in Surrey (9th), Kelowna (15th), and Vancouver (17th) in partnership with UBC, allowing the CBC to participate in the democratic process with our audiences on all platforms.

North by Northwest has Sheryl MacKay recording our TD Kids Book event October 12th in a Victoria school this year with author Monique Grey Smith whose book aims to tell the residential school story for younger readers.

It is a busy month for Ideas in B.C.  Host Paul Kennedy will moderate a panel discussion on orphan drugs and rare diseases on Tuesday October 23rd at the BMO Theatre in Olympic Village.  The event is in partnership with UBC. Meanwhile over at the York Theatre an extra evening has been added to this year's Massey Lecture because of audience demand.  Tanya Talaga is this year's lecturer and the theme is: All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward. Wednesday October 24th will be introduced by Stephen Quinn and is sold out.  The additional evening is Tuesday October 23rd and there are still some tickets left.

Don’t forget that changes to the way News and Current Affairs uses email kick in on October 1st! The VanAssign email distro list will be phased out, replaced by BCNewsAll and BCNewsLeaders. The goal is to reduce the amount of email sent and read (or not read!) on a daily basis, improve communication overall, and make sure important information is getting to the people who need it when they need to see it.

Job postings are up for Sr Producer AM Assignment (VAN00824), Provincial Affairs reporter (VIC00040), Associate Producer-Tech for Early Edition (VAN00821), Digital AP (KEL00039) - if you are interested in any of these opportunities, don’t wait to apply!

Even though it’s time to bundle up, the Communications department is working up a sweat with our involvement in activities that span politics, beer, and black tie galas, all in the name of content, community and culture.

October 13th:  CBC Vancouver is a proud sponsor of Splash, Arts Umbrella's signature art auction and gala. Gloria Macarenko returns once again as emcee of this exhilarating event on October 13th. All funds raised at Splash will be used to support Arts Umbrella's children programming, reaching over 21,500 children and youth every year. Programs are free and bring the love of the arts to those who may not otherwise experience it.

October 20th: The 9th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival returns Saturday, October 20th to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. CBC Vancouver’s Lien Yeung will host the awards ceremony where 30+ beer categories and the Creative Industry Awards will be announced. The festival will have 55+ breweries, Cider Row, community partner booths, live music, amazing food and more!

October 27th:  CBC Vancouver's Dan Burritt is back as Master of Ceremonies at Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Starlight Gala on October 27th at the River Rock Casino and Show Theatre. Each year philanthropists, business leaders, and community figures celebrate the work of dedicated health care professionals at this inspirational black tie gala. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Starlight Gala will feature a special performance by world renowned violinist Lucia Micarelli.

October 18th:  CBC Vancouver is participating in ShakeOutBC, an annual province-wide earthquake drill occurring on the third Thursday of October at 10:18 a.m. The drill provides an opportunity for CBC employees to practice proper earthquake safety procedures.

October 22nd - 26th:  On Oct. 22nd, CBC Vancouver will launch its annual United Way campaign! Treats, fun games and exciting prizes will be had to encourage CBC staff to make donations to United Way. Last year CBC Vancouver raised $9,500 and this year our goal is $10,000!

CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre events calendar for October 2018






May 1 – November 30

Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle – Season 3


Studios 40, 41,

S Floor Staging & Parking Garage

October 4

Vancouver en francais


Studio 700

October 17

Vancouver Mayoral Debate


Studio 700

October 20

Company Erasga Dance fundraiser


Studio 700

October 22

Internet Masterminds Networking Event


Studio 700

October 25

Carleton University Alumni Reception

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018.