Sorry, I was talking about the local CBC outlet. They never went through the downsizing that their private competitors went through. But instead of using those resources for in depth journalism on local issues people might care about, it’s the sob story of the week and other human interest stories, usually with an activist bent. And forget about stories outside the urban centre that outlet is located.
In The Line podcast, Matt Gurney was talking about how one night, he saw a tweet from Toronto Police of an incident where police had to lock down a section of the city because someone was taking potshots at police. There was a time where local broadcasts would have been interrupted with breaking news about such a shocking event. Instead, there was nothing from any news outlet until one outlet re-tweeted the TPS tweet hours later. And this was in the one city in Canada that has a plethora of news outlets. Not that long ago, reporters and newscopters would have been all over a major public safety event like this.
Meanwhile, CBC uses it’s hefty resources for stuff that would be at home on college radio.