Update: In a letter to the Montreal Gazette, Jeff Keay of CBC Media Relations, claims that Arthur Kaptainis's report (see previous blog post) on the downscaling of CBC Records was erroneous as the CBC is planning to introduce "new channels like podcasts and audio streaming, which are growing fast," which Espace Musique started to offer last fall.
For example, beginning next month we will be recording all nine Beethoven symphonies with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
We remain committed to classical music on Radio 2. However, at the same time, we are building a schedule that reflects the incredible range of musical genres created by and for Canadians throughout the country. No one else does this. We see it as a fundamental part of our mandate.
In this context, it is most regrettable to see Robert Sunter's comment characterizing CBC as being "in a downward spiral." In fact, CBC Radio as a whole is enjoying the best ratings in its history.
Labels: letters, Recordings