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  1. #61
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    CBC to cut live-concert recordings, shut studios
    Nick Ashdown -
    April 20 2012 01:00 AM -0500

    POSTMEDIA NEWS file photo Gord Downie of Tragically Hip performs at a CBC concert.
    CANADA'S national broadcaster is cutting two-thirds of its live-concert recording services.

    "We're definitely and regrettably reducing the amount of live music that we'll be recording," Chris Boyce, executive director of radio and audio at CBC English, said Tuesday. "These were difficult cuts to make."

    The CBC is reducing the number of live recordings, from about 300 per year to as few as 100. Boyce said CBC will also cut several staffers who provide these services. And it will close recording facilities and mobile studios in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, and St. John's. It will continue to do live concert recordings in all these locations using different technology and on a reduced scale.

    "It'll be very sad to see these services go," said John Geggie, an Ottawa-based jazz musician. "The CBC has been very instrumental in getting Canadian musicians to play their music. All you have to do is go down the list of Canadian artists who started off doing recordings for CBC and see where they are now. The CBC was a jumping-off point for them," he said.

    Geggie said being broadcast by the CBC greatly helped his own musical career. "I was given a great number of really fantastic opportunities." This national exposure led to other projects that propelled his career.

    "Everyone will have to do everything independently, and I think it also means that some music will just not really be heard anymore," he added.

    Julian Armour, a cellist and the executive director of the Ottawa music festival Music and Beyond, said the CBC's live recording services have been "hugely important" in the development of his career, as well as countless other Canadian musicians. He said that, when people hear a live recording of a band on CBC, it really helps its career. "It helped us develop as musicians."

    He said these cuts are only the latest movement in a symphony of reductions for CBC arts programs and services.

    "In the last few years, we've seen an unbelievable erosion of funding," he said. "You're seeing the whole music scene evaporate. The destruction it's doing to the Canadian music scene is huge.

    "We have an absolutely tremendous body of composers who used to be heard regularly, and now we're not hearing these people at all," he added. "To see Radio (One) and Radio Two assaulted like this is really unfortunate."

    He also said this is one of the main reasons why Canadian artists so often go south to advance their careers. "It's a terrible loss."

    Karen Wirsig, a representative from the Canadian Media Guild, said she's disappointed with the cuts. "It's certainly a loss."

    She said live music broadcasts are an important service of the CBC. "This idea of participating in a live broadcast is exciting. There's a special quality there that I think gets lost."

    Boyce insists the CBC is still "very much in the live music business. We will continue to record more concerts than anyone in the country."

    -- Postmedia News

  2. #62
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    As part of the cuts CBC has officially confirmed it will not be renewing Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy. It's funny that they admitted to only buying the shows to bring more viewers to the network especially to lead into prime time. Now that they think they've accomplished that they no longer have to buy such a high price for the shows. Here's the link from the Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/entertainment...f-fortune?bn=1

 

 

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