Douglas & McIntyre
The Tower of Babble

Book details:

April 2012
ISBN 978-1-92681-273-1
6" x 9"
288 pages
16 colour photographs
Biography & Autobiography / Business BIO003000
$32.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Tower of Babble

Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC

The ultimate CBC insider exposes the controversies, successes and dead ends of his time at the top.

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In 2004, CBC television had sunk to its lowest audience share in its history. That same year, Richard Stursberg, an avowed popularizer with a reputation for radical action, was hired to run CBCs Television services and by 2008 his role was expanded to head of all English services: television, online and radio. With incisive wit, Stursberg tells the story of the struggle that resulteda struggle that lasted for six turbulent and controversial years.

Shortly after Stursberg arrived, the corporation locked out its employees for two months. Four years later, he signed the most harmonious labour contract to date. He lost the television rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games. He won the biggest NHL contract in history. He had unprecedented ratings successes. He had terrible flops. He enjoyed the best radio, television and online ratings in CBCs history. He fought endless wars with the CBC president and board about the direction of the corporation and ultimately was dismissed.

This is the story of our most loved and reviled cultural institution during its most convulsive and far-reaching period of change. It is for those who think the CBC has lost its way, those who love where it is, and those who think it should not exist in the first place.

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