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Changes to Radio Canada International come at expense to core mandate, say supporters

reprinted with permission The Hill Times

By NEIL MOSS May 5, 2021

‘Radio Canada International has just one mandate and that is to explain Canada to the world,’ says former host Wojtek Gwiazda.

A former host at Radio Canada International, Wojtek Gwiazda is behind a push to reverse changes that he fears will hamper the international service in performing its mandate. Photograph courtesy of Wojtek Gwiazda
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The decline of Canada’s international public broadcaster will affect the country’s output on the global stage, say former diplomats and a group opposing cuts to Radio Canada International.

Radio Canada International (RCI), the international broadcasting wing of Canada’s public broadcaster, transmitted throughout the world to China, Russia, and the Middle East before its shortwave service was cut in 2012.

The latest cuts by CBC/Radio-Canada, a spokesperson for a group to protect RCI’s funding said, will lead to an erosion of the news service’s mandate as it will be increasingly tasked with translation and adaptation of news stories for a domestic audience.

The redesign of RCI cut the number of employees from 20 to nine, with five journalists to translate and adapt CBC and Radio-Canada reports, as well as three field reporters and a chief editor.The news team has been tasked to expand the five languages being covered by RCI to seven, and to produce weekly podcasts in each of the languages, while also turning out field reports in “Chinese, Arabic, and Punjabi,” as described in the CBC’s announcement.

RCI Action Committee spokesperson Wojtek Gwiazda said the new changes are directed at ethnic communities in Canada and not at the mandate of the news service which serves international audiences.

“Radio Canada International has just one mandate and that is to explain Canada to the world,” said Mr. Gwiazda, a former host and producer at RCI. “Nowhere in that mandate is programming for people in Canada.”

He said the uniqueness of RCI is not that it can be accessed internationally, but that it contextualizes programming for people globally who may have little or no knowledge of Canada.

When the shortwave broadcasting was cut from RCI in 2012, Mr. Gwiazda said CBC “totally ignored” the impact of their decision internationally.

“Can you imagine what it would be like if we were still broadcasting to China with two Canadians still in jail?” he said.

RCI’s transmissions to China ended with the cancellation of its shortwave broadcasts, Mr. Gwiazda said, because Beijing blocked access to the RCI website but not to radio.

A spokesperson for CBC/ Radio-Canada said the changes “are fully aligned” with its RCI mandate for international service.

“We are confident that the transformation will raise RCI’s profile and reach even further. The service will continue to reflect and showcase Canadian society and values for audiences unfamiliar with Canada,” Marc Pichette said in an email.

“In terms of editorial content, RCI editors will select articles they deem relevant to the interests and concerns of their target audience, and then translate or adapt them accordingly. The RCI team will also produce an original podcast each week in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog,” he said, adding the Arabic, Chinese, and Punjabi field reporters will be assigned “to engage with those communities and produce stories that will resonate with target audiences abroad.”

Since the new plans were announced, numerous former diplomats and foreign policy experts have come out in opposition to the cuts.

A group of renowned Canadians penned an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) in February to oppose the change. Signatories of the letter include former prime minister Joe Clark, past foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy, and former ambassador to the UN Stephen Lewis, as well as 30 others.

They called on Mr.Trudeau to block the changes by CBC/Radio- Canada.

“In an interconnected world in search of truth, facts, and honest journalism, countries like Canada cannot abdicate their role on the world stage,” the letter noted.

“It’s not a question of whether we can afford to have a strong Radio Canada International. It’s whether we can afford not to have it.”

A group of 45 former diplomats also signed on to an open letter last March in support of safeguarding the work of RCI.

“As diplomats who have served Canada all over the globe, we know the benefits to our country of foreign audiences knowing about Canada,” the former ambassadors and high commissioners wrote.

“We believe that diminishing RCI’s core mandate of programming for an external audience is a mistake. It is true that the internet now gives access to many Canadian sources of information, including the CBC, but RCI’s uniqueness is its experience in explaining the Canadian reality to foreign audiences not familiar, or barely aware of Canada and its reality.”

Canadian Ambassador to the UN Bob Rae tweeted on April 27 that the cuts are “most regrettable.”

“We should be amplifying, and not reducing, our international voice and perspective,” he wrote.

Mr. Pichette said the “repositioning was absolutely necessary to better reach digital citizens around the world and to ensure the service remains current and relevant.”

“With greater visibility on CBC-News.ca and Radio-Canada.ca, RCI will benefit from the increased traffic and search engine optimization of those sites,”he added.

Speaking at the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather (Mount Royal, Que.) said the proposed cuts to RCI were “problematic.”

He told Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.) that he hoped the changes would be looked at.

“I believe RCI is a very important service that must provide international audiences with original or adapted programming in both English and French as well as other languages and I will continue to work with the Heri- tage Ministry to make sure that this occurs,” Mr. Housefather told The Hill Times in an email.

NDP MP Heather McPherson (Edmonton Strathcona, Alta.), her party’s critic for Canadian heritage, said she has a lot of concerns about broadcasting in Canada and what is being lost and how it will impact democracy.

She said she has concerns over the funding levels for all wings of Canada’s public broadcaster, noting in particular news broadcasting in French.

Ms. McPherson said the cuts to RCI was another extension of Canada’s diminishing role on the world stage.

“It is another extension of us losing sight of the fact that the world is increasingly global.The problems we face are increasingly global in scope, yet our response is increasingly nationalistic,” she said.

Support of former diplomats shows importance of RCI’s international service: Gwiazda

The work of RCI in disseminating Canadian content for international audiences is the reason that it has gotten so much support from former members of the Canadian foreign service and foreign policy experts, said Mr. Gwiazda.

“They realize the impact of Radio Canada International and they also understand the importance of that kind of public diplomacy,” he said.

In a March 21 letter to its members, Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) president Pamela Isfeld said the association is “saddened” to hear of CBC’s changes.

“For many of you at home and abroad, [RCI] has been an important source of news and information, as well as a significant public diplomacy resource,” she added.

Ms. Isfeld wrote that PAFSO joined the 45 former diplomats who called for a reversal to the changes.

Mr. Gwiazda said people around the globe are interested in how Canada deals with things, noting that when RCI cut Eastern European languages in the early 1990s there was pushback from those countries who thought having a Canadian perspective was even more important after the fall of the Soviet Union to understand how a democracy functions.

Mr. Gwiazda said the former diplomats who are supporting RCI understand that it had an impact and that it will be “a tragedy if it continues to be diminished.”

nmoss@hilltimes.com

The Hill Times, page 3, May 5, 2021

Bill C-10 threatens existence of Radio Canada International

The Canadian government has proposed a change to Canada’s Broadcasting Act that threatens the existence of Radio Canada International (RCI). Buried in a reform of the Act that focuses on international streaming services, one sentence, Article 46 (2) has been altered to remove the existence of an international service as a condition of the licence of Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC/Radio-Canada.

The condition was put into the Broadcasting Act in 1991, just after the CBC tried to shut down the international service by appropriating RCI’s budget to offset its own funding cuts. At that time, temporary government funding saved the international service, and the Act’s wording was changed to strengthen it because it was felt that the existence of the service should not be at the discretion of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Before 1991 the Act said: “The Corporation may, within the conditions of any licence…” provide an international service.  In 1991, it was changed to: “The Corporation shall, within the conditions of any licence or licences issued to it… provide an international service.” Making it a service imperative rather than an option.

Since 1991, that protection has remained. In the intervening years, Orders in Council have changed some of the elements defining the international service, and what it should do, but the obligation of the national broadcaster to provide that international service was guaranteed. No government could arbitrarily remove that protection unless the Broadcasting Act itself was changed.

Here’s Article 46 (2) as it has existed unchanged since 1991:

46 (2) The Corporation shall, within the conditions of any licence or licences issued to it by the Commission and subject to any applicable regulations of the Commission, provide an international service in accordance with such directions as the Governor in Council may issue.

In the proposed legislation now before Parliament, the Canadian Heritage Minister and the government are eliminating the licence obligation of the CBC to provide an international service. The proposed wording of the article is as follows:

(2) The Corporation shall, subject to any applicable orders and regulations of the Commission, provide an international service in accordance with any directions that the Governor in Council may issue.

The article still appears to suggest that the Corporation (CBC) “shall…provide an international service” but the concept of it being a mandatory requirement of any licence has been removed. More worrisome is that any future Canadian Heritage Minister, with the accord of the Cabinet, would be able to radically change how the international service functions. This is far from a theoretical possibility.

In 2012, the CBC announced RCI would no longer be a radio station broadcasting on shortwave. The decision was in direct violation of Order in Council 2003-0358, which explicitly required Radio Canada International:

(ii) to provide that service through shortwave, as well as through other means of distribution, as appropriate,

The RCI Action Committee called on the government of the day, and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore in particular, to direct CBC to respect its obligations under the Broadcasting Act and Order in Council 2003-0358. Two months later – and with less than a month left before the end of shortwave broadcasting – the Minister directed the release of a new Order in Council, which removed the obligation to provide programming through shortwave broadcasts.

Radio Canada International ceased being a radio service. We lost our Chinese audience because our radio signals were not blocked by the Chinese authorities, but our website was. And we lost listeners around the world in places where the Internet was not accessible, or just too expensive to use.

We have no idea what motivated the latest change by Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault and the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It seems more than a bit contradictory that a government that has said “Canada is back” would jeopardize the presence of its world service on the international stage by removing Radio Canada International’s last legal protection.

We hope parliamentarians will recognize the danger. This is not a partisan issue. As parliamentarians, they have a duty to prevent the government from proceeding with this proposed change to the Broadcasting Act.  For 30 years CBC/Radio-Canada has mismanaged and weakened Canada’s world service. It is now preparing to make RCI disappear as a world service.

It can be stopped. First by blocking CBC/Radio-Canada’s new policy announced on December 3, 2020, which is in violation of Article 46 (2) of the existing Broadcasting Act. Second, the government must replace the proposed change with a strengthened and robust article defining a status for the international service that will allow it to continue its work as a respected international broadcaster with the essential degree of financial and editorial autonomy.

The future of Canada’s voice to the world is in the hands of our parliamentarians. Its future depends on their making the right decision.

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Link to the present Broadcasting Act of 1991 here

Link to the proposed new Broadcasting Act here

(In both cases use the keywords “international service” to find Article 46.2)

Link to the Order in Council 2012-0775, in effect now here

Link to the Order in Council 2003-0358 with the obligation for shortwave here

Thirty years of mismanagement by the CBC of RCI here

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Le projet de loi C-10 menace l’existence de Radio Canada International

Le gouvernement canadien a proposé une modification de la Loi canadienne sur la radiodiffusion qui menace l’existence de Radio Canada International (RCI). Enfoui dans une réforme de la Loi qui met l’accent sur les services de diffusion en continu internationaux, une phrase, l’article 46 (2) a été modifié pour supprimer l’existence d’un service international comme condition de la licence du radiodiffuseur public canadien, Radio-Canada/CBC.

Cette condition a été inscrite dans la Loi sur la radiodiffusion en 1991, juste après que la Radio-Canada/CBC ait tenté de fermer le service international en s’appropriant le budget de RCI pour compenser ses propres coupures de financement. À cette époque, un financement gouvernemental temporaire a sauvé le service international et le libellé de la loi a été modifié pour le renforcer, car on estimait que l’existence du service ne devrait pas être à la discrétion de Radio-Canada/CBC.

Avant 1991, la loi stipulait que Radio-Canada/CBC pouvait, aux conditions de toute licence, fournir un service international. En 1991, il a été changé comme suit: « La Société fournit, dans le cadre des licences qui lui sont attribuées … un service international Donc, en faire un service obligatoire plutôt qu’une option.

Depuis 1991, cette protection est restée. Au cours des années qui ont suivi, les décrets en conseil ont modifié certains des éléments définissant le service international et ce qu’il devrait faire, mais l’obligation du radiodiffuseur national de fournir ce service international était garantie. Aucun gouvernement ne pourrait arbitrairement soustraire à cette protection, à moins que la Loi sur la radiodiffusion elle-même ne soit modifiée.

Voici donc l’article 46 (2) qui n’a pas été modifié depuis 1991:

(2) La Société fournit, dans le cadre des licences qui lui sont attribuées par le Conseil et sous réserve des règlements de celui-ci, un service international, et ce conformément aux instructions que le gouverneur en conseil peut donner.

Dans le projet de loi actuellement devant le Parlement, le ministre du Patrimoine canadien et le gouvernement éliminent l’obligation de la licence de la Radio-Canada/CBC de fournir un service international. Le libellé proposé de l’article est le suivant:

(2) La Société fournit, sous réserve des ordonnances et des règlements pris par le Conseil, un service international, et ce conformément aux instructions que le gouverneur en conseil peut donner.

L’article semble encore suggérer que Radio-Canada/CBC «fournit… un service international», mais le concept selon lequel il s’agit d’une exigence obligatoire de toute licence a été supprimé. Plus inquiétant encore, tout futur ministre du Patrimoine canadien, avec l’accord du Cabinet, serait en mesure de changer radicalement le fonctionnement du service international. C’est loin d’être une possibilité théorique.

En 2012, la Radio-Canada/CBC a annoncé que RCI ne serait plus une station de radio diffusant sur ondes courtes. La décision enfreignait directement le décret 2003-0358, qui exigeait explicitement que Radio Canada International doit:

(ii) fournir ce service sur ondes courtes et, s’il y a lieu, par d’autres moyens de distribution,

Le Comité d’action de RCI a demandé au gouvernement de l’époque, et au ministre du Patrimoine canadien James Moore en particulier, d’ordonner à Radio-Canada/CBC de respecter ses obligations en vertu de la Loi sur la radiodiffusion et du décret 2003-0358. Deux mois plus tard – et en moins d’un mois avant la fin de la radiodiffusion sur ondes courtes – le ministre a ordonné la publication d’un nouveau décret en conseil, qui supprimait l’obligation de fournir des émissions par ondes courtes.

C’est ainsi que Radio Canada International a cessé d’être un service de radio. Nous avons perdu nos auditeurs chinois parce que nos signaux radio n’étaient pas bloqués par les autorités chinoises, mais notre site Web était bloqué. Et nous avons perdu des auditeurs à travers le monde dans des endroits où Internet n’était pas accessible, ou tout simplement trop cher à utiliser.

Nous n’avons aucune idée de ce qui a motivé le dernier changement du ministre du Patrimoine canadien Steven Guilbeault et du gouvernement du premier ministre Justin Trudeau. Il semble plus qu’un peu contradictoire qu’un gouvernement qui aurait dit «Le Canada est de retour» compromettrait la présence de son service mondial sur la scène internationale en supprimant la dernière protection juridique de Radio Canada International.

Nous espérons que les parlementaires reconnaîtront le danger. Ce n’est pas une question partisane. En tant que parlementaires, ils ont le devoir d’empêcher le gouvernement de donner suite à cette proposition de modification de la Loi sur la radiodiffusion. Pendant 30 ans, Radio-Canada/CBC a mal géré et affaibli le service mondial du Canada. Il se prépare maintenant à faire disparaître RCI en tant que service mondial.

Cela peut être arrêté. D’abord en bloquant la nouvelle politique de Radio-Canada/CBC annoncée le 3 décembre 2020, ce qui contrevient à l’article 46 (2) de la Loi sur la radiodiffusion en vigueur. Deuxièmement, le gouvernement doit remplacer la modification proposé par un article renforcé et solide définissant un statut pour le service international qui lui permettra de poursuivre son travail en tant que radiodiffuseur international respecté avec le degré essentiel d’autonomie financière et éditoriale.

L’avenir de la voix du Canada dans le monde est entre les mains de nos parlementaires. Son avenir dépend de leur prise de la bonne décision.

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Lien vers l’actuelle loi sur la radiodiffusion de 1991 ici

Lien vers la nouvelle loi sur la radiodiffusion proposée ici

(Dans les deux cas, utilisez les mots-clés «service international» pour trouver l’article 46.2)

Lien vers le décret 2012-0775, en vigueur maintenant ici

Lien vers le décret 2003-0358 avec l’obligation pour les ondes courtes ici

Trente ans de mauvaise gestion de la part de Radio-Canda/CBC de RCI ici

Comment vous pouvez nous aider ici

Countdown reset – CBC not ready to “modernize” RCI on time

See below for updates.

Staff at Radio Canada International (RCI) has been told that CBC/Radio-Canada needs more time to implement its new RCI policy, which was scheduled to begin April 1.

At a video conference call on March 30, host-producers and webmasters, most of whom were to lose their jobs on April 1, were told the CBC/Radio-Canada website was not yet ready to integrate the RCI website, which is being absorbed by the public broadcaster.

Employees were then told they would have to work until April 15.

They were given few other details. It appears that years of making RCI use older Internet and web software has made coordinating an exchange to the public broadcaster’s site more of a challenge than expected.

The meeting came on the eve of the last day of the present mandate of RCI. The new policy, which was announced on December 3, 2020, takes Radio Canada International away from its focus on producing programming for international audiences, a focus which is a condition of the public broadcaster’s licence requirement under Canada’s Broadcasting Act. For now, the present mandate has been extended to April 15.

There were numerous questions at the meeting, but few clear answers. Two field reporters who were to be hired in Montreal have still not been selected. The Tagalog and Punjabi job postings in Toronto only ended on March 20. It would be unlikely that candidates have already been hired. Even if they had been, they would not have much time for training for the new jobs.

Apparently such basic information as how many translations and adaptations of CBC or Radio-Canada texts that remaining journalists will be obliged to do per day, has still not been decided.

UPDATE April 14, 2021: The day before the “new” RCI was to start staff was called for another video conference and told CBC/Radio-Canada is still not ready, and the new deadline is May 14. Again, staff has been told to fill in and work until CBC/Radio-Canada is ready. However, this time, only two of three host-producers per language section will continue working.

RCI a bridge between Canada and the world

reprinted with permission The Hill Times

By WOJTEK GWIAZDA MARCH 29, 2021

The CBC never understood that the uniqueness of RCI is that we explain Canada to the rest of the world. And at a time when Canada needs to be understood, Radio Canada International should be expanded and be ready for the challenges of the future. But the CBC is making sure it won’t be.

Wojtek Gwiazda, who is the spokesperson of the RCI Action Committee, was a host-producer with the English section of Radio Canada International for 35 years and retired in 2015. He says the new RCI will be reduced to a translation service of CBC and Radio-Canada web texts to be translated by the few remaining survivors of a 30-year campaign to destroy RCI. Photograph courtesy of Wojtek Gwiazda

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MONTREAL—One of the amazing advantages of working at Radio Canada International (RCI) was having international experts just steps away from me. I knew I could count on them, whether it was trying to understand the latest developments in the Middle East, an aspect of Chinese political culture, or Brazil’s place in Latin America. These experts were my fellow host producers at Canada’s world service who daily informed their audiences about the latest from Canada and the latest in country-to-country relations.

This was our normal. Unfortunately there are those who have forgotten or never understood the wealth of our expertise. And at a time of disinformation, when so many around the world are searching for reliable sources of information, that is something none of us can afford to forget.

Our broadcasters acted, and act, as bridges between Canada and another country or region as they prepare contextualized programming specifically with the listener/reader in mind. It’s not always easy to explain constitutional matters, political alliances, or government decisions in Canada. The complexity of explaining that to someone outside of Canada just increases the challenge. But that’s what we have done for 76 years. And clearly, it is even more essential right now, and will be in the future.

And for RCI staff, it’s not just a one-way communication. Emails come in, not only to comment on our programming, but also to get advice, more information, and assurances. And we answer them. Because over the years, a complicity has been formed. We respect and are fired by the responsibility of sharing the reality of our nation with others, and on the other end there is the appreciation of the reliable honest source that it comes from, and the people who bring it.

In the 1990s, when CBC tried to shut down our international service three times, hundreds of letters inundated the offices of RCI, MPs, and Senators, and the listeners won back their link to Canada.

But since then it’s been a death by a thousand cuts. A language service here, the removal of our audience relations department, taking RCI program schedules out of Canadian embassies around the world. And gradually, we lost listeners. As budget cuts reduced our staff and our programming, there was less and less to hear.

But we didn’t give up. Even when CBC showed so clearly we were not a priority. In 2012, the government at the time told CBC to cut 10 per cent of its budget. It decided not to cut 10 per cent across the board, but by priorities. RCI was hit with an 80 per cent budget cut. We lost two-thirds of our staff. But we soldiered on. We soldiered on even though in 2012 the CBC decided we would not be allowed to be a radio station anymore. We would only be allowed to continue our web presence. We soldiered on. We did our best, even as the CBC IT department failed to give us proper web support. We soldiered on, because we were not going to let the CBC cut our link to our listeners.

Then on Dec. 3, 2020, CBC came in for the final cut. A dagger covered with the velvet tones of a PR press release promising more languages, higher visibility, and more content. A smoke and mirrors sleight of hand that could be admired, if not for the devastating carnage that it will entail. Far from offering more content, the new RCI will be reduced to a translation service of CBC and Radio-Canada web texts to be translated by the few remaining survivors of a 30-year campaign to destroy RCI.

In its wisdom, CBC has decided the experts that I worked with are only good enough to translate what CBC and Radio-Canada has decided is important. CBC is convinced that its media content, conceived only for a Canadian audience, will bulldoze its way into the hearts of RCI’s remaining listeners and web readers. The CBC is wrong, because it never understood that the uniqueness of RCI is not that we have programming in many languages, it’s that we explain Canada to the rest of the world. And at a time when Canada needs to be understood, Radio Canada International should be expanded and be ready for the challenges of the future. But the CBC is making sure it won’t be.

Wojtek Gwiazda is the spokesperson of the RCI Action Committee. He was a host-producer with the English section of Radio Canada International for 35 years and retired in 2015. He is based in Montreal. A technical note: Since 1972 the name of the international service has been Radio Canada International in both English and French. There is never a hyphen between Radio and Canada.

The Hill Times – reprinted with permission

https://www.hilltimes.com/2021/03/29/rci-a-bridge-between-canada-and-the-world/290457

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What you can do to help us (in five languages): http://rciaction.org/blog/what-you-can-do/

CBC disinformation campaign against efforts to protect international mandate of Radio Canada International

On February 16, a day after an open letter by 32 prominent Canadians was sent to the Prime Minister defending the international mandate of Radio Canada International (RCI), a senior advisor in the Government Relations department of CBC sent an email about RCI saying “no one is using it.”

In the email sent to at least one MP, Samuel Soucy writes: “Some of you might have seen the public letter sent by the RCI Action Committee to the PM, ministers and others. Unfortunately, the information provided by them is incorrect.” It then paints a rosy picture of the future of RCI “More visibility, more content, more languages. That’s what an improved RCI is about.” And ends with “Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to receive a briefing on this subject.”

A day later, Shaun Poulter, the Executive Director of Strategy, Public Affairs, and Government Relations at CBC sent an email to some of the signatories of the open letter whose email addresses were publicly available.

These signatories, including RCI Action Committee spokesperson, Wojtek Gwiazda, received the email because “I saw that you had added your name to a letter calling for a halt on CBC/Radio-Canada’s planned changes” to Radio Canada International.

The email sought to make sure signatories had “all the information you need about the service” because “There has been some confusion over what we’re doing…” The email copied the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister, and the Canadian Heritage Minister, the recipients of the February 15 open letter.

None of the CBC emails directly address the main argument put forth by the RCI Action Committee that CBC is in violation of its licence obligations under Article 46.2 of the Broadcasting Act and Order in Council 2012-0775, which oblige RCI to produce programming for international audiences.

Instead the emails state “we are not shifting the international mandate of RCI” (Soucy) or “we are not changing the mandate of RCI” (Poulter). However, in the Soucy email there is the admission “What we are doing is adapting the tremendous amount of great content already being produced by our reporters and modifying it for an international audience.”

The CBC emails present facts that are sometimes not comparable or that intentionally present a misleading impression.

Here’s one example: The emails suggest RCI production will increase because the new RCI will be using “more of the great content already produced by our journalists at CBC and Radio-Canada” (Poulter). What it doesn’t say is that instead of three host producers creating this content per language section, only one employee will be left, and only to translate and adapt CBC and Radio-Canada material. It’s not clear in the emails how one person can produce more content than three.

It is impossible for the Committee to know how many of these emails were sent out and to whom. We do not have the resources of a Government Relations Department.

But what is most troubling is that the Prime Minister and three of his ministers are remaining silent. They are letting CBC respond in their place to concerns about the future of Radio Canada International, when they should be telling the CBC to obey the Broadcasting Act and do it before March 31st.

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An overview of the new policy and RCI’s relationship with CBC here

An examination of why the new policy does not respect the mandate of RCI here

Links and advice on how you can help protect RCI’s international mandate here

Exembajadores canadienses consideran un error los cambios en RCI

En una carta abierta publicada el 18 de marzo de 2021, 45 exembajadores canadienses calificaron de error los cambios previstos en el mandato internacional de Radio Canadá Internacional (RCI).

“En tanto que diplomáticos que han servido a Canadá en todo el mundo, conocemos los beneficios que supone para nuestro país que el público extranjero conozca Canadá”. Los ex embajadores pidieron que se ponga fin a la nueva política de CBC/Radio-Canadá, que desvía el enfoque del servicio internacional de la programación destinada a un público internacional.

La carta abierta fue enviada al primer ministro Justin Trudeau, a la viceprimera ministra Chrystia Freeland, al ministro de Asuntos Exteriores Marc Garneau y al ministro del Patrimonio Canadiense Steven Guilbeault, y en ella se les pide que apoyen la convocatoria de una evaluación independiente sobre la mejor manera de que la RCI continúe su misión internacional, con autonomía financiera y editorial.

Para mayor información, contacte a Wojtek Gwiazda, portavoz, Comité de acción de RCI.

wojtekrciaction@gmail.com

Carta abierta de los embajadores

Como diplomáticos que han servido a Canadá como embajadores, altos comisionados y cónsules generales, deseamos expresar nuestro apoyo al personal del servicio internacional de Canadá, Radio Canadá Internacional, en su campaña para mantener el enfoque del servicio en la programación destinado a públicos internacionales.

Como diplomáticos que han servido a Canadá en todo el mundo, sabemos sobre los beneficios para nuestro país que el público extranjero conozca Canadá. También creemos que es nuestra responsabilidad como nación ofrecer una fuente fiable de noticias e información.

A pesar de una carta abierta firmada por el ex primer ministro Joe Clark, el ex embajador de Canadá ante la ONU, Stephen Lewis, el ex ministro de Asuntos Exteriores Lloyd Axworthy, ex diplomáticos, especialistas en asuntos exteriores y otros, CBC/Radio-Canadá parece decidida a aplicar su nueva política de RCI el 1 de abril.

Creemos que disminuir el mandato esencial de RCI de sus programas destinados a un auditorio internacional es un error. Es cierto que Internet permite ahora acceder a muchas fuentes de información canadienses, incluida CBC-Radio Canadá, pero la singularidad de RCI reside en su experiencia en explicar la realidad canadiense a audiencias extranjeras que no están familiarizadas, o apenas, con Canadá y su realidad.

Por lo tanto, pedimos al gobierno que intervenga y bloquee la nueva política de CBC/Radio-Canada. Apoyamos además el llamado del Comité de Acción de RCI para que se convoque a una evaluación independiente sobre la mejor manera de que Radio Canadá Internacional continúe con su misión internacional, reconstruya su capacidad para cumplir su mandato principal y que lo haga con una forma de autonomía financiera y editorial.

Firmantes:

Brian Baker, former Ambassador

Gaston Barban, Board Director, AMBCANADA – Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association;  former High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and  Mauritius, and Ambassador to Madagascar

L Michael Berry, former Ambassador

Jean-Pierre Bolduc, Ancien haut-commissaire et ambassadeur du Canada en Afrique

Denis Briand, Ambassadeur: l’une en Guinée et l’autre au Burkina Fasso en plus d’avoir été Haut Commissaire en Sierra Leone pendant que j’étais en Guinée

Phil Calvert, former Ambassador

Keith H. Christie, former Ambassador of Canada to Mexico and Cuba

Nick Coghlan, former Ambassador & Consul General

Terry Colfer, former Ambassador

Abina M. Dann, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine 2005 – 2008, Consul-General to Sao Paulo Brazil – 2008 – 2012

Robert Dery, former Consul General of Canada in Minneapolis

Jean-Yves Dionne, Délégué commercial et ancien Consul général du Canada à Rio de Janeiro

James Elliott, former Trade Commissioner and Consul General

Otch von Finckenstein, former Ambassador

Paul Frazer, former Canadian Ambassador and Official Spokesperson

Réjean Frenette, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

Émile Gauvreau, ancien Ambassadeur

Jacques Gignac, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

John W. Graham, former High Commissioner and Ambassador

Marius Grinius, former Ambassador of Canada, Vietnam, North and South Korea, UN Geneva

Sam Hanson, former Ambassador

Nick Hare, former Ambassador

Ernest Hébert, ancien Ambassadeur

Kathryn Hewlett-Jobes, former High Commissioner to Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize

John T. Holmes, former Ambassador

Jean-Paul Hubert, ambassadeur á la retraite

Rod Irwin, former Ambassador

Ferry de Kerckhove, former Ambassador of Canada, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt

James M. Lambert, former Ambassador and former DG of Public Diplomacy

Christian Lapointe, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

Anne Leahy, former Ambassador to Russia 1996-1999, former Ambassador to Poland 1993-1996,First Secretary Canadian Embassy to the USSR 1980-82

John Macfarlane CM

C. R. Mann, former Ambassador

Barry Mawhinney, former Ambassador

Carolyn McAskie OC, former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations

Brian Northgrave, former Ambassador

Roy Norton, former Consul General of Canada and former Chief of Protocol of Canada

Louis Poisson, ancien Ambassadeur

Andrew Robinson, former Ambassador

C. William Ross, former Ambassador and Consul General

Jean-Guy Saint-Martin, ancien ambassadeur dans différents pays d’Afrique et du Maghreb

John Schioler, former ambassador to Egypt, Sudan, Zaire, Congo (Brazzaville). Rwanda and Burundi

Sandelle Scrimshaw, former High Commissioner, Ambassador and Consul General

Scot Slessor, former HOM, Consul General

Richard Têtu, ex-Ambassadeur du Canada

Former Canadian Ambassadors say changes to RCI a mistake

In an open letter released March 18, 2021, 45 former Canadian ambassadors called planned changes to the international mandate of Radio Canada International (RCI) a mistake.

“As diplomats who have served Canada all over the globe, we know the benefits to our country of foreign audiences knowing about Canada.” The former ambassadors called for a halt to a new CBC/Radio-Canada policy, which takes the focus of the international service away from programming for international audiences.

The open letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, and it calls on them to support a call to convene an independent assessment of how RCI can best continue its international mission, with a form of financial and editorial autonomy.

For more information, please contact Wojtek Gwiazda, Spokesperson, RCI Action Committee, wojtekrciaction@gmail.com

If you would like to help us please consult this page:

What you can do – Comment vous pouvez nous aider

http://rciaction.org/blog/what-you-can-do/

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Open Letter from Ambassadors

As diplomats who have served Canada as ambassadors, high commissioners, and consuls general we wish to voice our support of the staff of Canada’s international service, Radio Canada International, in their campaign to maintain the service’s focus on programming for external audiences.

As diplomats who have served Canada all over the globe, we know the benefits to our country of foreign audiences knowing about Canada. We also believe that it is our responsibility as a nation to provide a reliable source of news and information.

Despite an open letter signed by former Prime Minister Joe Clark, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN, Stephen Lewis, former Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy, former diplomats, foreign affairs specialists and others, CBC/Radio-Canada seems determined to implement its new RCI policy on April 1.

We believe that diminishing RCI’s core mandate of programming for an external audience is a mistake. It is true that the Internet now gives access to many Canadian sources of information, including the CBC, but RCI’s uniqueness is its experience in explaining the Canadian reality to foreign audiences not familiar, or barely aware of Canada and its reality.

We therefore call on the government to intervene and block the new CBC/Radio-Canada policy. We further support the RCI Action Committee’s call to convene an independent assessment of how Radio Canada International can best continue its international mission, rebuild its capacity to fulfil its core mandate, and do so with a form of financial and editorial autonomy.

Signatories:

Brian Baker, former Ambassador

Gaston Barban, Board Director, AMBCANADA – Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association;  former High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and  Mauritius, and Ambassador to Madagascar

L Michael Berry, former Ambassador

Jean-Pierre Bolduc, Ancien haut-commissaire et ambassadeur du Canada en Afrique

Denis Briand, Ambassadeur: l’une en Guinée et l’autre au Burkina Fasso en plus d’avoir été Haut Commissaire en Sierra Leone pendant que j’étais en Guinée

Phil Calvert, former Ambassador

Keith H. Christie, former Ambassador of Canada to Mexico and Cuba

Nick Coghlan, former Ambassador & Consul General

Terry Colfer, former Ambassador

Abina M. Dann, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine 2005 – 2008, Consul-General to Sao Paulo Brazil – 2008 – 2012

Robert Dery, former Consul General of Canada in Minneapolis

Jean-Yves Dionne, Délégué commercial et ancien Consul général du Canada à Rio de Janeiro

James Elliott, former Trade Commissioner and Consul General

Otch von Finckenstein, former Ambassador

Paul Frazer, former Canadian Ambassador and Official Spokesperson

Réjean Frenette, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

Émile Gauvreau, ancien Ambassadeur

Jacques Gignac, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

John W. Graham, former High Commissioner and Ambassador

Marius Grinius, former Ambassador of Canada, Vietnam, North and South Korea, UN Geneva

Sam Hanson, former Ambassador

Nick Hare, former Ambassador

Ernest Hébert, ancien Ambassadeur

Kathryn Hewlett-Jobes, former High Commissioner to Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize

John T. Holmes, former Ambassador

Jean-Paul Hubert, ambassadeur á la retraite

Rod Irwin, former Ambassador

Ferry de Kerckhove, former Ambassador of Canada,Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt

James M. Lambert, former Ambassador and former DG of Public Diplomacy

Christian Lapointe, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

Anne Leahy, former Ambassador to Russia 1996-1999, former Ambassador to Poland 1993-1996,First Secretary Canadian Embassy to the USSR 1980-82

John Macfarlane CM

C. R. Mann, former Ambassador

Barry Mawhinney, former Ambassador

Carolyn McAskie OC, former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations

Brian Northgrave, former Ambassador

Roy Norton, former Consul General of Canada and former Chief of Protocol of Canada

Louis Poisson, ancien Ambassadeur

Andrew Robinson, former Ambassador

C. William Ross, former Ambassador and Consul General

Jean-Guy Saint-Martin, ancien ambassadeur dans différents pays d’Afrique et du Maghreb

John Schioler, former ambassador to Egypt, Sudan, Zaire, Congo (Brazzaville). Rwanda and Burundi

Sandelle Scrimshaw, former High Commissioner, Ambassador and Consul General

Scot Slessor, former HOM, Consul General

Richard Têtu, ex-Ambassadeur du Canada

D’anciens ambassadeurs canadiens qualifient d’erreur les changements apportés à RCI

Dans une lettre ouverte publiée le 18 mars 2021, 45 anciens ambassadeurs canadiens ont qualifié les modifications prévues au mandat international de Radio Canada International (RCI) d’erreur.

«En tant que diplomates qui ont servi le Canada partout dans le monde, nous savons qu’il est avantageux pour notre pays que des auditoires étrangers connaissent le Canada.» Les anciens ambassadeurs ont appelé à l’arrêt d’une nouvelle politique de Radio-Canada/CBC, qui détourne l’attention du service international de la programmation destinée aux auditoires internationaux.

La lettre ouverte a été envoyée au premier ministre Justin Trudeau, à la vice-première ministre Chrystia Freeland, au ministre des Affaires étrangères Marc Garneau et au ministre du Patrimoine canadien Steven Guilbeault, et elle les appelle à appuyer un appel pour convoquer une évaluation indépendante de la meilleure façon dont RCI pourrait au mieux poursuivre son mandat essentiel, aet le faire avec une forme d’autonomie financière et éditoriale.

Pour plus d’information veuillez contacter Wojtek Gwiazda, porte-parole, Comité d’action de RCI, wojtekrciaction@gmail.com

Si vous souhaitez nous aider, veuillez consulter cette page:

Comment vous pouvez nous aider – What you can do

http://rciaction.org/blog/what-you-can-do/

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Lettre ouverte des ambassadeurs

En tant que diplomates ayant servi le Canada à titre d’ambassadeurs, de hauts-commissaires et de consuls généraux, nous tenons à exprimer notre appui au personnel du service international du Radio Canada International, dans leur campagne visant à maintenir l’accent du service sur la programmation destinée à des auditoires externes.

En tant que diplomates qui ont servi le Canada partout dans le monde, nous savons qu’il est avantageux pour notre pays que des auditoires étrangers connaissent le Canada. Nous sommes également convaincus qu’il est de notre responsabilité, en tant que nation, de fournir une source fiable de nouvelles et d’information.

Malgré la présentation d’une lettre ouverte signée par l’ancien premier ministre Joe Clark, l’ancien ambassadeur du Canada à l’ONU, Stephen Lewis, l’ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères Lloyd Axworthy, d’anciens diplomates, des spécialistes des affaires étrangères et autres, Radio-Canada/CBC semble déterminé à mettre en œuvre sa nouvelle politique pour RCI à partir du 1er avril.

Nous croyons que réduire le mandat essentiel de RCI, qui consiste à offrir une programmation à un auditoire mondial, constitue une erreur. Il est vrai qu’Internet donne désormais accès à de nombreuses sources d’information canadiennes, y compris Radio-Canada/CBC, mais le caractère unique de RCI réside dans son expérience qui lui permet d’expliquer la réalité canadienne à des auditoires étrangers ne connaissant pas ou peu le Canada et sa réalité.

Ainsi, nous demandons au gouvernement d’intervenir et de bloquer la nouvelle politique de Radio-Canada/CBC. Nous appuyons également l’appel du Comité d’action de RCI de convoquer une évaluation indépendante pour déterminer la façon dont Radio Canada International pourrait au mieux poursuivre sa mission internationale, reconstruire sa capacité de remplir son mandat essentiel, et le faire avec une forme d’autonomie financière et éditoriale.

Signataires :

Brian Baker, former Ambassador

Gaston Barban, Board Director, AMBCANADA – Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association;  former High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and  Mauritius, and Ambassador to Madagascar

L Michael Berry, former Ambassador

Jean-Pierre Bolduc, Ancien haut-commissaire et ambassadeur du Canada en Afrique

Denis Briand, Ambassadeur: l’une en Guinée et l’autre au Burkina Fasso en plus d’avoir été Haut Commissaire en Sierra Leone pendant que j’étais en Guinée

Phil Calvert, former Ambassador

Keith H. Christie, former Ambassador of Canada to Mexico and Cuba

Nick Coghlan, former Ambassador & Consul General

Terry Colfer, former Ambassador

Abina M. Dann, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine 2005 – 2008, Consul-General to Sao Paulo Brazil – 2008 – 2012

Robert Dery, former Consul General of Canada in Minneapolis

Jean-Yves Dionne, Délégué commercial et ancien Consul général du Canada à Rio de Janeiro

James Elliott, former Trade Commissioner and Consul General

Otch von Finckenstein, former Ambassador

Paul Frazer, former Canadian Ambassador and Official Spokesperson

Réjean Frenette, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

Émile Gauvreau, ancien Ambassadeur

Jacques Gignac, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

John W. Graham, former High Commissioner and Ambassador

Marius Grinius, former Ambassador of Canada, Vietnam, North and South Korea, UN Geneva

Sam Hanson, former Ambassador

Nick Hare, former Ambassador

Ernest Hébert, ancien Ambassadeur

Kathryn Hewlett-Jobes, former High Commissioner to Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize

John T. Holmes, former Ambassador

Jean-Paul Hubert, ambassadeur á la retraite

Rod Irwin, former Ambassador

Ferry de Kerckhove, former Ambassador of Canada,Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt

James M. Lambert, former Ambassador and former DG of Public Diplomacy

Christian Lapointe, ancien Ambassadeur du Canada

Anne Leahy, former Ambassador to Russia 1996-1999, former Ambassador to Poland 1993-1996,First Secretary Canadian Embassy to the USSR 1980-82

John Macfarlane CM

C. R. Mann, former Ambassador

Barry Mawhinney, former Ambassador

Carolyn McAskie OC, former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations

Brian Northgrave, former Ambassador

Roy Norton, former Consul General of Canada and former Chief of Protocol of Canada

Louis Poisson, ancien Ambassadeur

Andrew Robinson, former Ambassador

C. William Ross, former Ambassador and Consul General

Jean-Guy Saint-Martin, ancien ambassadeur dans différents pays d’Afrique et du Maghreb

John Schioler, former ambassador to Egypt, Sudan, Zaire, Congo (Brazzaville). Rwanda and Burundi

Sandelle Scrimshaw, former High Commissioner, Ambassador and Consul General

Scot Slessor, former HOM, Consul General

Richard Têtu, ex-Ambassadeur du Canada

CBC letter to signatories about “confusion”, Committee response

Two days after our open letter to the Prime Minister and three of his ministers (see here), Shaun Poulter, the Executive Director of Strategy, Public Affairs, and Government Relations for our public broadcaster and RCI’s administrator, CBC/Radio-Canada, wrote an email to some of the signatories of the open letter.

It appears that signatories whose email addresses were public, including that of RCI Action Committee spokesperson, Wojtek Gwiazda, received a form letter because “I saw that you had added your name to a letter calling for a halt on CBC/Radio-Canada’s planned changes” to Radio Canada International. The letter sought to make sure signatories had “all the information you need about the service” because “There has been some confusion over what we’re doing…” The letter copied the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister, and the Canadian Heritage Minister.

The next day, February 18, 2021, our spokesperson sent the Committee’s reply.

Since neither CBC nor the government has shown any movement on our appeal to stop the implementation of the new CBC policy taking RCI away from its core mandate of programming for external audiences, we felt it was important to make this letter public, and our response to it.

The following text is the reply. The original text of the CBC’s Shaun Poulter is in blue italics.

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Dear Mr Poulter,

Thank you very much for your email, which you shared with me, and some of the other signatories to our open letter. Thank you also for sharing it with the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Canadian Heritage Minister.

We are appreciative of the fact that you wanted to share your perspective.

What follows is a response to your email. It does not address every comment you made but will help us all to be on the same page.

Hello,

I wanted to reach out to you because I saw that you had added your name to a letter calling for a halt on CBC/Radio-Canada’s planned changes to Radio-Canada International. There has been some confusion over what we’re doing and I wanted to make sure you have all the information you need about the service.

First I would like to correct the way you referred to Radio Canada International.  Perhaps this was a typo? There is no hyphen between Radio and Canada. Order in Council 2012-0775, states in English and in French, the name of our international service is “Radio Canada International.”

First, we are not changing the mandate of RCI. It remains an international service projecting Canada, Canadian stories and Canadian perspectives, to the world. That has not changed.

A reading of the CBC press release of December 3, 2020 would suggest otherwise. Within the outline of all the ways CBC will “modernize” RCI there is no mention of an international audience.

There is also no mention of international audiences in  “Radio Canada International’s transformation is focused on three key areas:”

And there is no mention of international audiences in the final paragraph of the press release:

“By becoming more relevant, more visible or more widely available in the languages spoken by the largest number of new Canadians, the new offering will allow Radio Canada International to better connect and engage with its target audience. RCI will also make all this content freely available to interested ethnic community media.”

In fact, this last paragraph confirms what we have said, the new transformation very clearly puts the focus of RCI on a target audience in Canada, which is not part of Order in Council 2012-0775.

What has changed is the way people around the world today access news about Canada.

Once, RCI on shortwave was the only way to get news about Canada. Today it is through the Internet.

Radio Canada International has been on the Internet since the mid 1990s at the same time as CBC. We have successfully used the Internet since then, independently of the CBC.

The challenge we have is that our international audiences are overwhelmingly using our traditional websites, CBC.ca and Radio-Canada.ca to reach us, bypassing RCI.

It is difficult to react to this statement. How much of this is Canadians abroad, and how much is non-Canadians, RCI’s international audiences?

The number of weekly visits to the RCI site from outside of Canada is less than 0.05% of outside visits to CBC.ca or Radio-Canada.ca. Inside Canada, it’s less than 0.01%.

Again, are these Canadians abroad? Also we are not quite sure about the importance of this statement. CBC’s budget is more than a billion dollars, RCI’s is about $2 million. We might be able to raise those figures you mentioned if we were better funded.

We are trying to change that by increasing the visibility of RCI with a home page presence on CBCNews.ca and Radio-Canada.ca, along with a languages portal page, in addition to adding it to the CBC News and Radio-Canada Info mobile apps. In this way, RCI’s international reach will be increased, not decreased, by our proposed changes.

How will international audiences know where to find RCI within the CBC and Radio-Canada websites? And why are RCI’s existing mobile apps being deleted? As is stated in the CBC press release: “the service’s five existing apps will be deleted.”

We are also going to increase the amount of content offered on RCI by using more of the great content already produced by our journalists at CBC and Radio-Canada and adapting it for international audiences. RCI staff will also begin offering weekly podcasts tailored to each language.

How is firing two of the three people in each language service, going to increase content offered by RCI? Surely you would agree, three people can produce more content than one person?

How is translating and adapting CBC and Radio-Canada content better than having trained international broadcasters who create content for their target audience?

How is firing all three English and all three French host-producers going to increase programming for international audiences?

And you point out that under the new policy there will be one podcast per language per week under the new policy. How is that better than what RCI does right now?  Each language section produces 18 audio reports per week.

Finally, on languages, we are going to be able to offer content in two additional languages, Tagalog and Punjabi, in addition to the English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin already offered. We are also adding a reading option in traditional Chinese.

We acknowledge that CBC is adding two languages, as the press release pointed out:

…the addition of complete sections in Punjabi (the third-most-spoken language among immigrants to Canada after the main Chinese languages, Mandarin and Cantonese) and Tagalog (the language of the Philippines and increasingly spoken in Canada).

This raises the important point, that the languages chosen were ones spoken in Canada, and not languages that were chosen to attract international audiences.

We truly believe that these changes are necessary and will make RCI a better, more used international service for the Internet age. It will also help new Canadians learn more about their new country. In order that RCI complement other ethnic media services in Canada, we will also offer the RCI content to them at no charge.

Again this appears to really focus on an internal Canadian audience, which is very laudable, and perhaps CBC should embark on creating programs for this audience, but that is not the mandate of RCI. And the mandate of RCI is given to it by Parliament through the Broadcasting Act and Orders in Council, not by the CBC.

I know that some of the changes, particularly the job cuts, are concerning to many. Wojtek Gwiazda, who runs the RCI Action Committee, has been particularly dedicated since his retirement a decade ago.

I appreciate you singling out my efforts, but would correct you though. As concerned by the job cuts as I am, my main concern over my 30 years as the Committee spokesperson, has been with protecting Canada’s Voice to the World.

And I retired in 2015, so coming onto six years.

What he is proposing is a completely separate service. Unfortunately that is not how we will reach, and better-serve global audiences in the Internet age.

We are not proposing a “completely separate service”. We are proposing a form of financial and editorial autonomy, something that existed well into the beginning of the 1990s.

In case you haven’t seen it, our full announcement from last December is here: https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/media-centre/radio-canada-international-transformation

Thank you for that reminder. You might be interested in reading our analysis of the press release, which was published on our website on December 17, 2020, two weeks after the press release: http://rciaction.org/blog/2020/12/17/major-transformation-does-not-respect-international-mandate-of-rci-2/

And also this analysis published the day after the new policy announcement was presented to RCI staff: http://rciaction.org/blog/2020/12/04/modernizing-rci-to-death/

We appreciate your continued interest in, and support of the service. Please let me know if I can provide any other information to you.

Sincerely,

Shaun Poulter

Shaun Poulter
Executive Director, Strategy, Public Affairs, and Government Relations

Directeur général, Stratégie, Affaires publiques et relations gouvernementales

CBC/Radio-Canada
Cell: (613) xxx-xxxx
shaun.poulter@cbc.ca

We also appreciate your continued interest in our attempt to protect the international mandate of Radio Canada International.

Please let us know if you need any further information.

Wojtek Gwiazda

Spokesperson, RCI Action Committee

Cell: 514-xxx-xxxx

Email: wojtekrciaction@gmail.com

RCI Action Committee

Website: http://rciaction.org/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RCI_Action

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