Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                              FEBRUARY 2019


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

I’m excited to be heading to Edmonton next week to take part in the taping of The National in Conversation.  The event will be taking place at NAIT on Tuesday February 5th, 2019. The program will focus on Alberta and its future in energy, the economy, and pipelines.  This is a great opportunity to engage Albertans and reflect their stories and issues to a national audience.

The West Senior Management Team summit will take place this year in Vancouver on February 26th & 27th, 2019.  The two-day strategy meeting will open with guest speaker and digital explorer Alexandra Samuel. Alexandra is a sought-after speaker because her talks leave audiences energized and excited about what they can accomplish online.  She will discuss topics like the sharing economy, data-driven storytelling and blind spots in social media. The session will be open to all staff and will be available via hangout for the team in Alberta as well. Stay tuned for more details to come.

The rest of the summit will centre around developing and mapping out our strategy for the next fiscal year.  We will discuss objectives to further enhance our visual storytelling, content diversification, and moving further into the digitization and personalization of our content.  We will also look into ways we can start developing content for the streaming and on demand platforms such as GEM.

Finally, as we continue to take pride in celebrating anniversary milestones, we're happy to mention the following people who have reached the 20, 25, 30 or 35 year marks during the months of January and February 2019.  This achievement will be celebrated in 2020.

20 years - Marie-Helene Robitaille

30 years - Deborah Goble

Thank you from everyone at CBC!

January was a pretty busy month in BC politics and it’s not going to slow down in February!  The BC Legislature sits again on February 12th with the speech from the throne, and budget day is a week later. CBC British Columbia’s new Legislative Affairs reporter Tanya Fletcher will be in the thick of the action. She’s had quite the trial by fire since she started!

Our series of series on Surrey is well underway. Jason Proctor spent a week at the Surrey Courthouse, one of Canada’s busiest, to tell the personal stories behind the headlines. This month we roll out Lisa Christiansen’s week-long series that tells the story of Surrey with food.

The Early Edition is ramping up for several projects . February 4th week, Vivian Luk and Jason Proctor have teamed up to bring us an in-depth look into the Huawei saga, and how Vancouver is on the frontlines of an international war over diplomacy, trade and (alleged) espionage. Also tune in for special lunar new year coverage.

February 15th  On the Coast will be broadcasting on remote from the riding of Burnaby South.

February 11th week, Jason D'Souza will take a dive into how the Burnaby South byelection is a Bellwether for how Canadians feel about race, immigration, industry and housing.

After that, Jason will start a month long pop-up bureau-type project at a Surrey highschool, telling stories from within that community on all platforms.

February 25th week, Jake Costello will shift from his early directing shift to a middle-of-the-night gig, and bring back stories of The City You Don't See: what happens and who is awake in the wee hours.

Daybreak North’s Nicole Oud is headed to Prince Rupert for the 60th anniversary of the All Native Basketball Tournament. It’s taking place from February 10th until the 16th!

The CBC Kamloops team is heading into a busy couple of months.  Jenifer Norwell is producing another round of Field Reports, the series in which we recruit listeners to pitch and produce their very own tape/talks.  They'll begin to air in February.  Shelley Joyce has pitched a short series on young men and suicide which should have regional appeal.

Daybreak Kelowna is just beginning work on a new series looking at White Collar Crime in the Okanagan.

Metro Matters: On The Road (code-named On The McElroad) continues until the end of March, with Justin McElroy exploring the big municipal issues in communities around BC in the wake of last year’s elections. The amount of traction Justin has gotten online and on social media is incredible. Way to go Justin and thank you for the fabulous content!

CBC Victoria is out in the community in February, taking part in the 25th Annual Victoria Film Festival. We're also sponsoring the latest production from Pacific Opera Victoria, La Traviata.

And we'll be taking On The Island out of the studio for the start of the legislative session.

We will be boarding for two open positions this month - the Weekend Social Media Presenter and the 530am Reporter/Editor.

Watch for Dialogue Survey meetings coming in March for the Vancouver News team!

Dialogue meetings will be happening in all BC bureaus over the next couple of months and program review season is here in Current Affairs as well.

CBC Kelowna is very excited to welcome back Dominika Lirette in her new Digital AP position. Also excited to have Christine Coulter as our new Daybreak AP and will be even more excited when she gets here mid-February.

February’s cold temperatures only make our hearts warmer as the comms team heads out into the community. This month, we’ll be celebrating Indigenous arts, braving the chill to march in a parade, and connecting with our inner cinephile.

February 1st -10th
CBC Victoria is a proud sponsor of the Victoria Film Festival, Vancouver Island's largest and longest-running Film Festival. In honour of its 25th year, the VFF has expanded its program to include more than 156 films from Canada and around the world.  Screenings take place at various locations across Victoria.

February 10th
CBC Vancouver is thrilled to once again participate in the Chinatown Spring Festival & Parade - a celebration of the new year of the Chinese lunar calendar. CBC   Vancouver staff are all invited to march in the parade alongside their fellow community members. It’s the year of the pig - as such, you can count on parade spectators leaving with some swine-themed CBC Vancouver swag!

February 19th - March 2nd
CBC Vancouver is a proud media sponsor of the Talking Stick Festival - western Canada’s premiere, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival. Now in its 18th year, the Talking Stick Festival celebrates Indigenous art and performance with a diversity of visual arts, dance, music, theatre, powwow and film in both traditional and contemporary formats. The festival takes place at various locations across Vancouver - the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People.

Searchlight 2019, CBC Music’s hunt for Canada's next great undiscovered talent is underway. Hundreds of independent Canadian artists have submitted their music and voting is set to begin.

Round 1: voting begins on all eligible songs on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, at 3 p.m. ET and ends Thursday, Feb.14th at 2:59 p.m. ET.
Round 2: voting begins on the top 100 on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 3 p.m. ET and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 26th, at 2:59 pm.
Round 3: judges vote on the top 10 from Thursday, Feb. 28th, at 3 p.m. ET until Tuesday, March 5th, at 2:59 p.m. ET
The grand prize winner will be announced on q on Thursday, March 7th, at 10 a.m. ET.  The winning artist or group will win the following prize package:
1. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience
2. A recording residency at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre
3. CBC Music Festival performance

CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre events calendar for February 2019.






February 1

Axis Theatre - Rehearsals

Studio 700

February 2 & 3

Alley Theatre

Studio 700

February 9

Vancouver E-Commerce Entrepreneurs


Studio 700

February 12

Vancouver Entrepreneur Masterminds


Studio 700

February 19

CBC Service Award

Studio 700

February 23

Eternal Theatre Fundraiser

Studio 700

February 28

Vancouver E-Commerce Entrepreneurs


Studio 700

Posted on Friday February 1st, 2019.