Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                    DECEMBER 2017 & JANUARY 2018.


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

After more than 40 years at the CBC and 20 years as host of The Early Edition, Rick Cluff will sign off as host of Vancouver's #1 morning program on December 22. We will all miss a great mentor, friend and colleague. And Vancouver will miss his warm friendly voice that welcomes our community to connect and discuss all the important things that impact our lives and city. Thank you, Rick.

Year-end at CBC British Columbia and Alberta is always full of warmth and cheer and we complete the year of great programming and community outreach with the pinnacle of events, our holiday fundraisers.

December 1 was another successful Open House & Food Bank Day in BC.  We welcomed 3,500 people and raised $802,049. This was the 31st year of raising funds for Food Banks in BC and we surpassed the $7 million mark for funds raised during this time.
The team in Edmonton finished their Winter Clothing drive for the homeless in the community on December 1 and are gearing up for their 22nd annual Turkey Drive for Edmonton's Food Bank December 14 - 21.
Calgary started 22 days of events and fundraising for Food Banks in Calgary on December 1. The team has a new home, but the same goal of raising $1M in food and donations.
This is a shining example of the positive change CBC makes in the communities we serve. As the public broadcaster, we want to reflect Canadians from all walks of life and, at this time of year, we turn our focus on some of the most vulnerable.
I truly believe the employees at CBC are some of the most generous and passionate group of people to serve the public. This is evident in everything we do year round.

Since this issue of The Insider covers December and January, please mark your calendars for the first English Services Town Hall of 2018 on January 15 at CBC Vancouver's Studio 700 and live streamed online. Heather Conway and Fred Mattocks will be here for this event which will be focused on Local Services.

Have a great holiday season everyone!


Johnny Michel
Senior Managing Director
CBC English Services
British Columbia & Alberta
Tel. 604.662.6330
Twitter: @JohnnyEMichel


Senior Report Vik Adhopia will be in Vancouver on December 6 to lead a course in Broadcast Writing Essentials.

Our Learn at Lunch will continue for the first half of the month. Friday Dec 8, Jane Armstrong will give you her copy editors tips for writing, and on Friday Dec 15 Tamara Baluja will talk about storytelling for Instagram and Snapchat.

There will be no television newscasts on Sunday December 24, Monday December 25 or Sunday December 31. Our radio newscasts will be from Toronto on December 25 and January 1 but there is newsgathering and digital staffing scheduled those days.  On January 1 there is a 30 minute television newscast.

Please check the schedules for details on staffing for the stats. We've tried to give time off to as many people as we can.

December 4-22 The Early Edition will bring back the annual holiday advent calendar, where we give away tickets to holiday fun throughout the lower mainland. We'll also have our Christmas song request show on December 22.

December 4-8 Wasted Lives: BC's Ignored Addiction Crisis, On the Coast and digital
If you have an alcoholic in your life or you struggle with alcohol yourself, the festive season can be anything but joyful. On The Coast explores the challenges of alcohol addition and examines what options exist beyond the 12 steps.

December 7-8: Radio West heads from Kelowna to Kamloops for two shows from the Kamloops studio. The shows will tilt a bit towards extra Kamloops coverage in an effort to make sure we're connecting with all corners of our vast audience and connecting with listeners where they live. Plus, Host Sarah Penton and Producers Josh Pagé love Kamloops!

December 14: In Victoria, readers are getting ready for our annual CBC Christmas Carol reading that benefits Our Place. CBC Personalities including Gregor Craigie, Bob McDonald, Khalil Akhtar and Jason D'Souza will delight an audience.

December 26: Gloria Macarenko hosts a one hour Network special on Boxing Day called Giving Back. The show celebrates the 2017 fundraising activities of CBC local and regional programs across the country including food bank day broadcasts. Anne Penman is the producer.

December 26: Going Home: Traffic reporters Lisa Christiansen and Amy Bell host a two-hour Canada wide radio special focused on the joys and perils of travelling home. Produced by them with Ross Bragg and Laura Palmer.

January 1: Hockey Fighting: Rick Cluff hosts an hour-long network radio special inspired by Jeremy Allingham's week long Early Edition series about hockey violence at the junior hockey level.

It wouldn't be the holiday season without a Chor Leoni Men's Choir concert! CBC Vancouver is proud to sponsor the "Christmas with Chor Leoni" performances, taking place December 15 – 18. These concerts are guaranteed to capture all the joy and beauty of the festive season. Watch your inbox in early December for a chance to win tickets!

Sales focus is finishing out on a successful Q3, including our Boxing Week incentive.
We are also in the prime selling window for the Olympics - which are now just 69 days away!

CBC Music just announced the winners of our 2017 Canadian Music Class challenge. With nearly 500 submissions from every province and territory, literally thousands of music students competed to determine which music classes were the best in Canada. Determined by a panel of judges, each class choose from 17 pre-selected songs - including the very popular CBC Olympic games theme song - and interpret in any style they wanted.  

The six winning classes were Holy Heart High School, St. John's, Newfoundland [High School Vocal]; St. Bonaventure’s College, St. John's, Newfoundland [High School Instrumental]; Sir William Osler, Hamilton, Ont. [Jr. High Vocal]; École Arbutus Global Middle School, Saanich, B.C. [Jr. High Instrumental]; Beechwood Elementary, Pierrefonds, Que. [Elementary Vocal]; and Campus View Elementary, Victoria, B.C. [Elementary Instrumental].  Watch the winning performances on
CBC Music is also gearing up for the holidays with some special programming. 
Tune into CBC Radio 2 on Christmas eve and Christmas day for our annual Home For The Holidays event. Enjoy a wide range of fantastic seasonal music, ranging from classical favourites like Handel's Messiah to modern pop Christmas gems as selected by all of our hosts.
On Boxing Day, CBC Music will present an entire day of 'live' music. The best live recorded highlights of our 2017 season. Canada's top artists recorded live from our sessions, the 2017 CBC Music Festival, First Play Lives, and live performances as performed on 'q' will all be featured throughout the day as Music Comes Alive.
New Year's Eve with Raina Douris and Odario Williams is the place to be for the countdown to 2018. Join Raina and Odario as they count down the Best 100 Canadian Songs of 2018 - pop, country, rock, hiphop, singer-songwriter and more. 
Check for all program details.

Mark Macarthur
Executive Producer
CBC Music


The 47th annual JUNO Awards and Juno week 2018 will take place in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards broadcast from the Rogers Arena, hosted by Michael Buble, on CBC on Sunday, March 25.

Posted Thursday December 4th 2017.

The next Insider Newsletter, CBC Music and other departmental updates will be posted early in February 2018.