These are days of terror at CBC's downtown Toronto headquarters.
The Grim Reaper is moving through the building and many employees expect their shows to be next up on the list marked "cancelled".
The axeman has scuttled the downright awful CBC afternoon series Steve And Chris. Ratings were in the basement and there were few advertisers.
So what does CBC have to do to make a successful daily talk show? The last successful one was Elwood Glover's Luncheon Date.
But there also was the daily public affairs entry Take 30 which served as a launching pad for Adrienne Clarkson (Moses Znaimer was one of the producers).
ABC is showing how these days with The View. Why can't CBC try something upscale for a change. CBC used to have Midday which was deemed the "Baby Journal".
But Steve And Chris was a bad retread of HGTV series and it simply didn't work.
My insiders say a lot of CBC shows are on the block now that the Corp must make up an anticipated $65 million dip in advertising revenues.
Like The Nature Of Things. Like the fifth estate. Both continue to fare well ratings wise but so did Royal Canadian Air Farce and it got the boot because its viewers were a bit older.
I've been predicting CBC's death by a thousand cuts for years. And now it's happening right before our eyes.
May I be so bold as to propose a solution: stop axing the creative talent and go after middle management which has grown like weeds in the past decades. There are floors of these paper pushers as befits every federal bureaucracy. But what do they contribute in terms of programming?
For years CBC has been waging war against its unions by turning every other employee into a manager. The Department of Communications is bloated with these managers. And yet to save dollars CBC fired its dedicated cadre of PR types, the ones who publicized the shows.
With no talk shows to promote its own product, CBC has seen ratings tumble. You figure it all out.