On the conservative side of the political spectrum, there are plenty of folks who want to abolish the CBC. I’m not in favour of that, but I don’t want to debate that point. What I’m interested in was spawned by a post on Inside the CBC a while back.
That is, if we dispensed with the CBC, I gather that there would only be two media organizations in Canada:
- Bell GlobeMedia: CTV, Torstar, CHUM Group, CITY TVs, A-Channels, BellXpressvu, the Globe and Mail
- Global: Global TV network / National Post
I’ve been wondering how conservatives would feel about this. Would it be great news, acceptable, a cause for concern or a serious worry? To complicate matters, I understand that most conservatives oppose a lot of government regulation. I’d assume that reducing regulation would only lead to further conglomeration.
Because he invited “thoughts on the state of media in Canada today”, I asked this question over (repeatedly) at Stephen Taylor’s blog. I only got one response, which is probably too incendiary to be of much use. I also asked the folks at CBC Watch to post the question, which I phrased as neutrally as I could. Thus far, they appear to have declined.
I see this as a fundamental problem with politics and the Web. Readers read what they agree with. Each site sits in one of two turrets, lobbing missiles at one another. The left and the right blogosphere wallow in their own righteous indignation, and thoughtful debate gets lost in the mud.
Where can I find some CBC abolishionists who want to discuss this issue? I suppose there’s the Blogging Alliance of Non-Partisan Canadians, but that’s really just an aggregator. Where’s the neutral ground?