New CBC Radio 2 gets a boo
Listeners have had just over a week to absorb the formatting changes on CBC Radio 2, which has put classical music into the weekday slot of 10 am to 3pm and some weekend slots, and transformed Tom Allen's popular classical morning show into a hodgepodge of genres.
So what's the verdict? As far as I can tell, the CBC is winning few fans with its new schedule. At a dinner the other day, four avid CBC Radio 2 listeners were bemoaning the fact that they had found themselves forced to switch it off. Another friend tells me she is so upset she refuses to even listen to CBC Radio One, and claims a comment she posted to a Radio 2 blog item with a link to the "Save Classical Music at the CBC" Facebook group (with over 16,000 members) was censored. And judging by the overwhelmingly negative comments on the Inside the CBC blog, not many people have embraced the "new 2".
What do you think? Has the CBC's bid to expand its listenership backfired?