Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                               OCTOBER 2017.


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

After much collaboration and consultation, I am thrilled to let you know the Vision, Purpose and Strategy for CBC Local Services is now complete. 
As you know, when Fred Mattocks was appointed GM of Local Services in January, he set out on an ambitious but simple journey - define what is unique about Local Services and how to make us successful in our goals. 

You've heard me say there was no blueprint for this. Fred's vision was to have Local Services create their own blueprint recognising the personal and unique connection local CBC stations have in the community. 

Our vision and purpose was not a reinvention by any means. It was really taking an honest look at who we are, what our strengths are, what value we bring and asking how we can target our efforts to do even better. We know we exist to make a difference where we live and we are the primary and most personal touch point for Canadians to their public broadcaster. 

There are three areas of focus:  Content, Community and Culture. 

Our greatest strength is the connection to our community and we want to do more to help Canadians connect to each other every day. 

I look forward to sharing the full strategy in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for details. 

Other noteworthy things happening in the West this month, Calgary's big move!   The team has done an amazing job getting ready for the office move from Westmount Blvd 4 km west to Veteran's Place on October 20th.  Huge kudos to Team Edmonton for helping during the transition by taking on some of the programming that week.  After more than 50 years, Calgary staff settle into their new open space with the latest technology and begin programming October 23rd.   

More in the way of moves, B.C.'s intrepid Director of Journalism and Programming for News, Wayne Williams, will be retiring after 34+ years.  Wayne has been an incredible leader and his expertise, professionalism, compassion and adaptability in a changing media landscape will leave a lasting impression on all those fortunate enough to have worked with him. He will be with us until mid-December before moving on to spend more time with his family and new grandchildren. 

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Dialogue Survey October 16th. This is an opportunity for you to let us know how we are doing.  We are aiming for 100% completion in the West so when you get your survey, please complete it right away. 

And, a final farewell to our President and CEO Hubert Lacroix who will be visiting Vancouver on October 25th before his term ends. He will be meeting with staff as well as visiting students at UBC. Watch your inbox for more details.
And finally, as we continue to take pride in celebrating anniversary milestones, we're happy to mention the following people who have reached the 25 year mark during the month of October 2017.  This achievement will be celebrated in January 2018.

25 Years:
- Karin Larsen
- Jeanne Ouellet
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Johnny Michel
We've had a terrific response for the Reporting in Indigenous Community training. Almost everyone in news has signed up for one of Duncan McCue's sessions which are on October 4 and 5.  No need to say how important this training is for all of us as public broadcasters. Your enthusiasm for the sign up says you all get that.

The rotations into the enterprise unit are underway. This change in how we approach enterprise journalism is meant to provide development opportunities for more reporters and more content for our platforms.  Eric Rankin will move into a producer role for a few weeks to provide the opportunity to work with and to mentor the reporters who rotate into the unit.  He is not available to be in the unit later in the month but we'll revisit that again next month.  Meanwhile as you may have heard, Natalie Clancy is taking a year of leave while she and her family move to Halifax.  We are still looking at how we'll proceed with back filling her.

Karen Burgess wants to hear from you about starting a weekly news meeting to talk about stories, training and any other issues that may come up.  She's looking for input on what time and day of the week work best.

The Senior Producer Digital position replacing Alison Broddle closes on Oct 5th.  We'll then be able to hold the boards and hopefully have an announcement about that before the end of the month.

The Jack Webster dinner is Thursday October 12 . CBC Vancouver news and current affairs teams have been nominated for seven awards.  Best of luck to all of our nominees. Also good luck to Yvette Brend, Curt Petrovich and independent producer Helen Slinger who are finalists for their doc, Lost On Arrival.  Gloria Macarenko and Stephen Quinn are co-hosting the evening. Paul Hunter is the featured speaker.

The Vancouver News Net program's final day on the air is Friday Oct 13.  Some of that team will go right to work on Monday the16th contributing to the Toronto production of Carole MacNeil's new NN program that will run from 16:00-18:00 Pacific time.   

The rest of the Vancouver NN team will be able to turn their full attention to the relaunch of the National which goes to air November 6.
On October 3, Stephen Quinn hosts our first editorial board at CBC Vancouver. The board brings together some of the city's brightest minds on housing to discuss the affordability crisis facing our community. We've invited these stakeholders into our world to offer insight and advice to inspire our programming. 

October 2 - 8: Help Wanted! On The Coast explores the growing worker shortage issue in the lower mainland. 

October 9: After a wicked summer of fires, this year's Thanksgiving morning show from Kelowna, weaves together stories of house & home. Residents throughout the region have much to be grateful for this year. We'll revisit what happened and reflect on the meaning of family and community in the context of crisis.

October 16: recording for As It happens.  Giller Prize finalists reading at Vancouver Playhouse for broadcast on AIH in the week leading up to the 2017 Scotiabank Giller prize announcement.

The Debaters will be busy in October. First off, we're heading to Charlottetown, PEI for a show on October 3rd at the Confederation Centre. Fan favourites like Sean Cullen, Mike Wilmot, Nikki Payne, Glen Foster and more will be hotly debating topics like "Is there too much fiddle music in Atlantic Canada?"; "Are french fries the best way to enjoy potatoes?" and "Should we get rid of the minimum wage"?  All in all, it should be a great night of comedy.  
Three weeks after our Charlottetown show, we're heading to Edmonton on October 25th for a sold out evening at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on the University of Alberta campus. We'll be joined by Peter Brown, Lara Rae, Lorne Cardinal, Charlie Demers and more to debate subjects like marrying your childhood sweetheart, why it's a good time for Newfoundlanders to leave Alberta...and...the total greatness of Nickleback.  We're looking forward to getting these fine debates on the radio in October and November....ahead of our final taping of 2017 at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on November 21 & 22nd.

Some hot jazz on "Hot Air" on our last show on September 30th which featured an interview with one of Canada's jazz legends, Lloyd Arntzen. He's about to turn 90 and his very musical family are planning a big public party for him. We spoke to Lloyd and two of his talented grandsons, Evan and Arnt Arntzen.  And, after living for many years in New York City, the great pianist, composer and teacher John Stetch has relocated to Vancouver. He'll be a very welcome addition to the jazz scene here. We're looking forward to talking to him on "Hot Air" about his long career and his new album Vulneraville. wouldn't be Thanksgiving without Margaret's delicious Food and Jazz pairings. A true feast for the ears on October 7th.
On October 12th, Gloria Macarenko and Stephen Quinn will host the Jack Webster Awards which celebrate the best in B.C. journalism. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Dan Burritt will bring his sharp emcee skills at the Richmond Hospital Foundation’s Starlight Gala on October 14th. Now in its 19th year, this annual fundraising event is always a crowd pleaser, and this year entertainment will be provided by The Tenors.   

Gloria Macarenko will host Arts Umbrella’s annual fundraiser “Splash” on October 14th at the Fairmont Hotel. This glamorous event raises funds to provide arts programming to over 20,000 young people each year, at little or no cost.

On the island, CBC will sponsor the “Art of the Cocktail” an annual fundraiser for the Victoria Film Festival. The event takes place on October 14th and features unique and familiar spirits along with artisan, small and regional distillers.

And it’s a hard life…Stephen Quinn is back for a 3rd year to host the B.C. Beer Awards on October 21 at the Croatian Cultural Centre.  This CBC sponsored event sells out every year and showcases the best in B.C. brewing.
Our West Sales team continues to perform - we are currently 104% to the Revenue Target Q2 Fiscal Year to Date.
Q3 is forecasted to be strong.  
The Sales Team is now engaging local clients around participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics - which are now just over 4 months away!
Do you have a child in Grade 9?  If so, Take Our Kids to Work day is on Wednesday, November 1st.  This is a great way for them to start planning their future career path by spending the day at CBC learning about media and workplace skills -- and discovering more about the work you do.  If you have a child currently in Grade 9 and would like to participate in this year's event, please send a note to Anu Dawit-Kanna in HR @ with your child's full name and age by Friday, October 20th.

CBC MUSIC from Mark Macarthur, Executive Producer CBC Music
CBC Music's Canadian Music Class Challenge is currently underway. Each September, CBC Music in association with MusiCounts — the charity of the Juno Awards — launches a contest to engage music classes across the country with Canadian music. Last year, we had more than 500 music classes enter from every province and territory in Canada, in four languages. This year, we expect it to be even bigger.

Each year we pre-approve a list of Canadian songs, then ask music teachers across Canada to pick one and teach their classes a cover version. It could be a note-for-note cover, or something completely their own. Once a class performance of the song has been recorded on video, it gets uploaded to CBC Music. We post it on our YouTube channel, and three judges choose six winners. Each winner will receive a classroom recording kit valued at $5,000.

We want kids to learn Canadian music in the classroom.
We want to draw attention to the exceptional work music teachers are doing with children across the country.
We want to reinforce the importance of music in a well-rounded education.


Nov. 24: video submissions close at 23:59 ET.

This year's Canadian Music Class Challenge JUDGES:
Toronto singer-songwriter Scott Helman
Quebec-based, Haitian-born soprano Marie-Josée Lord
Pop-rock drummer Zach Sutton, from Toronto band Jane's Party
CBC Radio 2 Tempo host and mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah

List of songs that music classes can perform for the challenge:
2 Heads by Coleman Hell
Adia by Sarah McLachlan
Ahead By A Century by Tragically Hip
Bobcaygeon by Tragically Hip
Ain't Gonna Bother by Rosie And The Riveters
Machine by Scott Halman
Stitches by Shawn Mendes
Run this Town by Corb Lund
The Hockey Song by Stompin' Tom Connors
We're Here For A Good Time by Trooper
Rolling Stone by Reuben And The Dark
Fil de Soi by Marie Pierre Arthur
Le Mepris by Caracol
Tes Pas Une Autre by Buffy Sainte Marie
Soul Run by Tanika Charles

Posted Wednesday October 4 2017.