This letter was sent in response to CBC’s relaunch of its news offerings and relates directly to the changes to The National. Although I do work for the online division of NBC News, this is my personal opinion. And, despite my preference for a more global news picture, the Nightly News has, coincidentally, now become the household’s primary TV newscast.
For past three decades, I’ve watched The National and have relied on it to provide in-depth stories about Canada as well as the world from a Canadian perspective. The show has provided much needed analysis when too many other news broadcasts are about the hype of the now. The National could be trusted to follow-up on stories when the others were chasing the next shiny balloon.
Two years ago, I moved to the United States for work and began watching the American networks’ various news broadcasts. The lack of context and sense of doom baked into every brief news hit literally drove me back to The National (which I watched online) within weeks. The U.S. broadcasts seem to thrive on the fear of the unknown. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, they are intently focussed on the events occurring within the American border.
This Monday, I watched The National, anticipating the ways the CBC would improve The National.
With the exception of the faces, I wouldn’t have recognized it. Nor would it be something I would want to watch again.
And I want to watch CBC news.
The National now feels like the worst of the American news broadcasts I sought refuge from. The National's lighter stories mix and visual pizazz seemingly designed to keep viewers engaged has elicited the exact opposite reaction from me.
The old National was a pocket of sanity in the storm of the 24-hour news cycle, and now it seems I must find new shelter.
For the record: I'm in my mid-thirties and typically communicate in 140-characters or less.
I also work at the website of one of those American news networks.
Your thoughts are welcome here, although if you have thoughts on CBC’s relaunch, let the Mother Corp. know, too.