CANADA: CBC in a Jam

Canada's ordinarily bland and imperturbable radio and TV network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reeled along last week, leaderless and groggy from cumulative misfortune. For 22 years almost nothing happened at the CBC; suddenly, strikes, temperament and scandal popped up all over.

The CBC is run by the government as a nation-binding cultural medium in a country that is strung-out, bilingual and unattractive to private networks. It tries to keep down its subsidy ($60 million this year) by selling commercials in a gentlemanly, low-pressure way. With its money, the CBC turns out a satisfactory and varied diet of Canadian-produced live and...

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