This isn’t meant to be a criticism of CBC staff, many of whom already work crazy hours without longterm contracts. But if you look at CBC Prince Edward Island’s website, you’ll notice that the world seems to stop on Friday afternoon and pick up where it left off on Monday morning. Even this weekend, when we were all living under the spectre of the boil order, there was scant information available from any source on new developments.
This is, of course, part of a larger general approach at the CBC, which is to treat the weekend quite differently from regular working days — we get the slimmed down Saturday Report instead of a real newscast. And so on.
If news is important (and I’m willing to debate that point), then it seems to me that it should be important 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.