CBC merg­ing ra­dio morn­ing shows in Cen­tral and Western New­found­land

Gan­der and Cor­ner Brook news teams to be­come CBC New­found­land Morn­ing

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY KYLE GREENHAM

As of Mon­day, Oct. 29, CBC’s Cen­tral Morn­ing Show from Gan­der will be a thing of the past.

The morn­ing ra­dio broad­cast from Cen­tral New­found­land is amal­ga­mat­ing into a re­gional pro­gram with CBC’s Cor­ner Brook stu­dio, to be ti­tled “CBC New­found­land Morn­ing”.

Both the Cor­ner Brook and Gan­der stu­dios will re­main in op­er­a­tion, with Martin Jones co-host­ing from Gan­der and Ber­nice Hil­lier co-host­ing from Cor­ner Brook.

Percy Far­well, Gan­der Mayor and daily lis­tener to the Cen­tral Morn­ing Show, says there is con­cern that this new sin­gle morn­ing show may lessen the amount of con­tent in each re­gion. But Far­well is hope­ful this will not be the case.

“The value for com­mu­ni­ties in hav­ing lo­cal me­dia cov­er­age is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated. And of course the broader you stretch out that read­ing or lis­ten­ing area of cov­er­age, the less fo­cus there will likely be for the lo­cal ar­eas in­di­vid­u­als are most in­ter­ested in,” said Far­well. “But from (CBC’s) per­spec­tive, hav­ing to put to­gether only one morn­ing show may give their peo­ple more time to delve into sto­ries in their re­gion.

“The proof will be in the pud­ding. I’m a lis­tener and I cer­tainly will be lis­ten­ing.”

In an emailed re­sponse CBC’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cer Amanda Mol­loy said the broad­caster will be keep­ing its same staff in both the Gan­der and Cor­ner Brook lo­ca­tions. Mol­loy says the change was brought about to of­fer more in-the-field time to the re­porters in these ar­eas.

“There will be more time and in­creased ca­pac­ity for staff to de­liver com­pre­hen­sive and in­depth news, sto­ries and in­for­ma­tion to lis­ten­ers through­out the re­gion,” the email stated.

While he is hope­ful for the po­ten­tial with this new morn­ing show, Far­well says one ma­jor worry is that the re­gion­al­iza­tion of lo­cal me­dia will only in­crease in the fu­ture.

“There is con­cern that this is the first step in a slip­pery slope, such as see­ing a sin­gle morn­ing show for the whole prov­ince based out of St. John’s, or a sin­gle morn­ing show for the At­lantic re­gion out of Hal­i­fax,” he said. “So you see where this could go and we’ll be keep­ing an eye on it.

“We’re un­der­stand­ing at this point but we’re prob­a­bly ap­proach­ing the point where any fur­ther cen­tral­iza­tion will not have a such a pos­i­tive spin.”

With CBC’s tax­payer funded base and man­date as the na­tion’s pub­lic broad­caster, Far­well says peo­ple should cer­tainly put the pres­sure on the CBC to en­sure that their man­date is ful­filled and they have the proper re­sources in each area of the coun­try.

CBC New­found­land Morn­ing will be broad­casted across western and cen­tral New­found­land, as well as the Labrador Straits. Its first broad­cast is Mon­day, Oct. 29

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