In the UK I was a BBC Radio 4 junkie, and here I am on CBC Radio 1 plus a little bit of GlobalEdmonton TV. So that is where my cultural references come from.
I personally feel that the BBC is one of the best institutions the UK has, I respect the integrity, the journalism, the ideals of the BBC. I love the fact that the BBC will fund a series of 100 15 minute radio programmes about items in the British Museum, and it will also produce gobsmackingly good historical dramas. I have spent my mornings listening to UK Politicians and Corporate Moguls being ripped apart and spat out by the interviewers seeking the truth, and not accepting spin and procrastination. Sometimes I have felt a little uncomfortable when I heard a junior government minister being hung out to dry in front of the nation. I have seen the media, both BBC and the Newspapers, particularly the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Spectator ferret out the truth that had been hidden by corrupt officials in all walks of life.
So - in Canada.
Firstly, I have been surprised at how much content I hear coming from the BBC, but in reality, I think it makes sense for CBC and the BBC to co-operate on resources.
Secondly, I have been surprised at how.....accepting
the journalists are of the statements made to them by politicians and others. I hear the 'government spokesman' or 'union spokesman' or 'business representative' give an answer of such banality and obvious avoidance of the real issue and I wait for the interviewer to pounce, and demand a better answer...... but nothing! They just accept the statement, thank them and move on!
In a way, it's nice to wake up in the morning to harmony and pleasantness, rather than listening to an inquisition, but it does leave me vaguely dissatisfied that the truth is not being uncovered.
This bizarre NHL lockout thing is a case in point (and yes, I do fully accept that this is a massively complex issue of which I know almost nothing
), but I listen to what's going on and I think "Get them on the Radio, and the Television, point a microphone at them, and demand to know why they think it's acceptable to disappoint all their fans and potentially lose a whole season of sport and income, just because they are unable to negotiate an agreement!" These people should be publicly shamed into getting their acts together and resolving the situation.
See, I think that the media is here to entertain us, and
to represent us. If the journalists are not asking the difficult questions, then who is?