Lots of listeners reacting to cuts

It’s been quite humbling and touching to read the many, many reactions from listeners around the world to the news of the cuts at Radio Canada International.

The comments are coming from all countries, in many languages. People are very upset. Others still in shock. Many ask what they can do. (Please check: here for suggestions.)

An American listener writes: “A very shortsighted decision to cut shortwave broadcasting in favor of the glitz of the internet. As has been observed around the world, the internet can be interrupted at a moment’s notice by governmental authority. Shortwave radio transcends borders and ideologies. The internet is not available to 90% of the people in the world, hard as that is to believe to us in the West.”

A Serbian listener writes: “This is absolutely dreadful. RCI has been one of the best shortwave radio stations and a much needed voice of solid, objective reporting. I’ve been a loyal listener from the mid-1990s and I am really saddened by this news.”

From a Chinese listener: ” It must have been 6 or 7 years since I started to listen to RCI Chinese section’s daily broadcasting via shortwave radio, I really enjoy it. However, when I heard that RCI will stop the mandarin broadcast to China at the end of June, it made me very sad, even depressed. I cannot understand the reasoning behind this decision… For me, the shortwave radio is the only way to know what happen in China, in Canada and in the world. Now you are burning this only bridge down! How sad. I hope it is not too late to reverse this decision!”

Some of the comments you will find on our blog. Others on different pages of the RCI website.

Here are a few links on the RCI website:

Some comments in English: here

Des commentaires en français: ici

En español: aquí

Em portugues: aqui

中文  请点击这里

Россия комментарии здесь

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Wojtek Gwiazda has been the spokesperson for the RCI Action Committee since 1991. The Committee is supported and funded by the union that represents almost all RCI employees: the Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de Radio-Canada (STTRC formerly SCRC). E-mail: wojtekrciaction@gmail.com Read 111 articles by Admin RCI Action Committee Website
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  1. John Patrick says:

    I suggest: Asking Al Jazeera’s Qatar owner/management for help, and develop a new RCI, on shortwave, satellite TV and the ‘net.

    Tell Canada good bye.

    I’ve been an RCI listener on shortwave since the 60’s and the Canadian government was chipping away then. Ask Ian McFarland.

    Perhaps AJE will see the wisdom in purchasing RCI assets, employing current staff, to allow the RCI reputation for quality to continue.

    The Canadian government is incredibly short sighted, but that seems to be the way it is, in the new move back to the Dark Ages. Soon, I expect our electricity to be shut off because it’s too modern a thing to keep going!

    North Carolina

  2. Thanks John for your suggestion – interesting take on how we can survive.

    One correction. Even though through the years the cuts to the budget of Radio Canada International have been the result of budget cuts at the federal level, it is the CBC/Radio-Canada (Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster) which is making the decisions on where to cut.

    With this latest cut of 80% it is clear that Canada’s Voice to the World is not a priority for the national broadcaster, whose mandate is to Canadians in Canada.

    That’s why the RCI Action Committee is asking for financial autonomy for RCI – so that cutting our budget is not an option when CBC/Radio-Canada is making cuts.

    Because of this we are focussing on convincing the federal government to step in, block the cut, and protect RCI. See: http://rciaction.org/blog/what-you-can-do/

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