What’s most galling about The National’s collapse is that, during the 2016 federal election, CBC executives begged Justin Trudeau for $1.5 billion to restore the publicly funded radio/TV behemoth to its former status. If they had the money radio and TV would soar once more. When the PM complied, the Corp instead poured the money into bigfooting private outlets in the new digital/ social media field.
Now a day rarely goes by without the formerly cash-strapped CBC hiring a former newspaper reporter to bloat its massive profile on the web. It has squeezed the oxygen out of the opposition, positioning itself as the heavyweight in digital. Hardly a fair fight— and using public funds.