Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                              MARCH 2019


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

Coming out of the West Senior Management Team meeting in Vancouver held last week, the group agreed on a detailed action plan around some of our core strategic priorities.

We looked at three areas in support of our Content priority:

1. The ongoing digitization and personalization of our content with a view to design and program for an OTT environment.
2. The continued effort to diversify our content.
3. Further enhance and strengthen our visual storytelling.

There’s been some excellent work done so far in both BC and Alberta.  It is our hope that in the next few weeks we can engage in more consultation and discussion on how we can take those initiatives to the next level.

March also brings to an end our fiscal year, and with that there's much discussion around our budgets for fiscal 2019/20.  While we have been financially stable, we are always looking for ways to expand our content, create more opportunities for innovation, and enhance our community engagement.  Discussions have taken place in Vancouver and Calgary, and we'll be heading to Edmonton later on in March to finalize next year's budget


We are coming to the end of our series of series on Surrey!  Jason Proctor and Lisa Christiansen did a fabulous job on their content from the courts and from Surrey’s best-known restaurants, and later this month Jesse Johnston will bring us his deep dive into five of the city’s distinct communities.

We’re also coming to the end of the McElroad! Justin’s series on municipal issues in big cities and small towns across BC was an attention-getter on all of our platforms. The project wraps up at the end of this month.

Mid March CBC Victoria is launching a series called Mill Towns! Megan Thomas is on the road connecting with smaller communities up and down the island. She’ll bring us a week of stories on the radio and online.

 Week of March 11 - Angela Sterritt and Paisley Woodward's investigation into Indigenous children apprehended in BC will roll out on The Early Edition and all platforms.

Week of March 25 - The Early Edition’s Jake Costello's series Night Shift brings a glimpse into the people who work overnight in Metro Vancouver and the secret life of our city when you're sleeping.

CBC Kamloops is busy getting ready to host a Canada Reads public event “Shelley Joyce in conversation with Lindsay Wong” the evening of March 14. AP Courtney Dickson has taken on this project with great enthusiasm and you can hear it on North by Northwest the weekend of March 16.

Daybreak Kamloops is also launching another series of Field Reports.  Jen Norwell is coaching listeners through their own story pitches, production, and on-air presentation.  First up is a 15 year old high school student who has no interest in becoming a professional bodybuilder like both of her parents.

Our new Executive Producer of News Content, Fiona Hopewell Jensen, starts on March 4th. Please make her feel welcome! She’ll spend her first few days getting to know the people and the rhythm of the newsroom, and will spend time with both News and Current Affairs.

Watch your calendars - we have a few special guests around the Vancouver plant the first week of March:

Cecil Rosner, the director of Investigative for Local Services, is in Vancouver March 5-7, and will be offering a few seminars on investigative journalism for staff. He’ll be in Kelowna Friday March 8 with a day focussed on investigative journalism for smaller teams, focussed on bureaus.

Dialogue Survey meeting invitations will also be sent out the first week of March. For News, the meetings will be the week of March 11th on various dates/times and the meetings have already been under way in Current affairs and Programming as well as BC bureaus.

We’re stepping right into Spring with fun-fuelled community engagement and awe-inspiring events.

March 1
CBC Vancouver is a proud community partner of the Simon Fraser University President’s Annual SFU Surrey Gala Dinner at the Surrey campus. CBC Vancouver’s Mike Killeen will host the event, which celebrates SFU’s dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement in Surrey.

March 8
CBC Vancouver’s Anita Bathe hosts Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Awards. The event, now in its 20th year, recognizes B.C.’s most outstanding business women and falls on International Women’s Day, March 8. CBC Vancouver is proud to return as the exclusive media sponsor of this inspirational event.  

March 8
CBC Vancouver is a proud sponsor of West Coast LEAF’s annual fundraiser - the 2019 Equality Breakfast. CBC Radio One’s Gloria Macarenko will emcee the event, which celebrates International Women's Day and raises much needed support for the organization's work in litigation, law reform and public legal education.  

March 25-29
With the kiddos out of school for Spring Break, what better time to launch a Mystery Lunch Box Contest! This fun activity - promoted through CBC Vancouver’s social accounts - will take “detectives” to cultural landmarks in Metro Vancouver communities where they can score their very own CBC Vancouver Lunch Box. These retro-inspired lunch boxes will be packed with top-notch goodies that kids and parents alike will cherish. This initiative is sure to create surprise and delight in our next generation of CBC fans.

Sunday March 17th is Music Day on CBC - a multi-platform, day-long, celebration of Canadian Music leading into the 2019 JUNO Awards broadcast.

Programming ranges from the Classical Showcase to the Songwriters Circle. The full radio program guide is available here: LINK

This all leads to the main event, The 2019 Juno Awards  

  • 48th annual Juno Awards taking place Sunday March 17th in London ON

  • Broadcast live at 8 pm ET CBC Music and CBC Radio One. Also, you are able to stream the show live on

  • Hosted by Sarah McLachlan

  • Performances by: Loud Luxury, Coeur de pirate, Loud, Jeremy Dutcher, and The Reklaws

  • Special performance by Corey Hart to mark his induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame  

CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre events calendar for March 2019.






March 1 - 3

Vancouver E-Commerce Entrepreneurs


Studio 700

March 5

Dynamo E-Marketing


Studio 700

March 6

Supergirl film shoot


Breezeway, Studio 700, CBC Plaza  

March 8 - 10

Viryl Digital


Studio 700

March 18

Internet Masterminds


Studio 700

March 25 – 27

Mid-Twenties Theatre Society rehearsals

Studio 700

Posted on Thursday March 7th 2019.