The Regions No More

On Wednesday the CBC Radio program Spark recorded a live interview with Bill Buxton and they used a little bit of tape I sent them (it’s about half-way through) wherein I talked about how the CBC’s traditional “hub and spoke” technology model has led to a CBC worldview where Toronto is at the centre and the rest of us are in “the regions.”

Yesterday the CBC announced that “the regions” are officially no longer to be known as such: it changed the names of “regional production centres” to “centres.”

I wonder if this will change the CBC worldview accordingly.


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oliver on May 23, 2008 - 18:25 Permalink

Heavy! Peter Rukavina, world-view shaper. I wonder how much of this has been going on without us even noticing.

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Andrew Chisholm on May 24, 2008 - 16:02 Permalink

Journalism as we know it is changing, and that is no news around here. Peter has been blogging about happenings in Charlottetown which we could never find while reading The Guardian. I can honestly say that I get a good percentage of my news from this very web site. Another large part of my news is found when I ask myself a question and seek the answer with some research of my own.

It is only a matter of time before someone designs the “Facebook” of table top news networking. Google is suspected to be designing a system which writes news stories based on information it pulls from blogs, traditional news, PDF files on government web sites, ect.

We the people are the journalists. We have been sharing the news we see since the beginning of man kind.

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Scott on May 25, 2008 - 22:23 Permalink

I was very pleased to hear an island voice at the Nora Young/Bill Buxton talk! A half hour before the talk I was actually getting a tour of the CBC headquarters in Toronto by my friend Molly. Decentralized media is definitely thought provoking and I believe it will become a major source of information in the future (well, the present and future). But I do think there is still a need for centralized news/journalism/media. The news room at CBC was crazy, feeds coming in from all over the world in all time zones, and a huge room full of people tracking,analyzing,writing,etc…