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Radio-Canada rebrands as “ici”

From, ahem, Canada.com,

MONTREAL — The French-language CBC has announced plans to change its name. Radio-Canada will lose the words “radio” and “Canada.”
 
Instead, the federally funded broadcaster will be known in French by the name “ICI” — which means “here” in French.
 
The name change had been rumoured for months but was made official Wednesday with an announcement by the Crown corporation.

The Quebec wing of the Canadian crown corporation… is dropping “Canada” from its name, dropping the bilingual nature of the name and rebranding as “ici”.

A bit more insular isn’t it?

In 2006, the Bloc Quebecois beat the nationalist “ici” drum with its “Heuresement, ici, c’est le Bloc” slogan. Radio Canada has been accused of being a den of separatists in the past, perhaps they were inspired by it?

Comments

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  • seancummings

    Rest assured, nobody in Ottawa is gonna touch this one.

  • sjor5@telus.net

    What about bilingual ici-here or is it only English that has to be translated

  • chaos111_99

    Bloody cowards

  • Exiled maritimer

    And they are dropping the funding? And the mission to be a force of unity. We can save half a billion next year Seriously, who in Ottawa signed off on this?

  • B Cummings

    This is what outrages Stephen Taylor? What of $90 000 payments coming out the PMO and PM Harper’s inability to give clear answers (in spite of his constant request that we allow him “to be clear”).

    And your outrage is reserved for ….”ici”?

    It boggles the mind.

  • seancummings

    $90K ain’t nothing but a fart in the breeze when compared to the more than $1 Billion it gets from taxpayers.

  • GabbyInQC

    Just thought I’d let you know my local radio guy’s take on the name change. He said it should be called “Là-bas” [down there] because that’s where the funding comes from.

  • CanadaGoose1

    Isn’t there a bank or investment fund called IciIci? What do they think of this.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Again, read my twitter. You can fill your boots there.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Apparently, James Moore isn’t pleased.

    “Heritage Minister James Moore said in an interview with The Canadian Press that “Canadians will only tolerate these changes if CBC can explain how they’re not in any way backing away from what taxpayers expect from the CBC — which is for them to be a Canadian broadcaster, very clearly, in mandate and brand.”

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/06/05/french-cbc-radio-canada-ici.html

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    I think that it’s just “ici”

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    There are a few things named “ici”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICI

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    The CBC should have the most bureaucratic name possible. Like the LCBO. Make people know that they’re getting their television from the “Canadian Department of Television Programming”

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Cummings vs. Cummings!

  • B Cummings

    Not quite…you won’t allow me to respond.

  • B Cummings

    So, you choose to analyse, examine and otherwise comment on the topics that are highly important and pertinent to Canadians through the 140 characters offered you through Twitter…

    But, save the unlimited space and freedom offered to you through your website here to scrutinize and elaborate on such considerable topics as CBC-French’s use of the French word for “here”, along with the damning evidence that the Bloq Quebecois in 2006 also used the French word for “here”?
    That makes perfect sense.

  • B Cummings

    It is shocking that the Government of Canada…uh sorry….I mean “The Harper Government” would do such a thing.

  • kenn2

    That’s what rankles, isn’t it – that in fact they won’t roll over and become such a department?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Or, I save my best stuff for the 20,000+ people that subscribe to my twitter and post more casually on my blog? Either or… whichever fits your narrative.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca/ Stephen Taylor

    Huh? Don’t use words that get caught in the profanity filter. Otherwise, there’s not much else moderating…

  • DougM

    I think their name change is dead in the water. As a previously trademarked name, they haven’t a hope of legally using it – even if they try to bully the people who own it. Moreover, to name it “Ici” would abrogate the requirement “to be Canadian in name”. Ain’t gonna happen.

  • DougM

    Tell ya what I think is far worse than someone paying off a debt to taxpayers for someone else. The litany of Liberal who still owe the Canadian taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars – and a media who doesn’t cover it! For the Media, the scandal is that a debt to the taxpayers get paid off – for the Liberals there is no scandal even when they screw the taxpayer over and over again.

  • B Cummings

    Not so sure about that.

    Twice tried to post a response and was given a message that it awaited approval from the moderator, and twice nothing appeared.

    No profanity was used; the response respectful.

    And there you have it.

  • B Cummings

    No narrative. Just making an observation.

  • B Cummings

    No.

    The scandal is someone in the Prime Minister’s Office paid monies to a standing senator to pay off said senator’s debts to Canadians.

    With this is Mr Harper’s inability to convey and honest and reasonable explanation for his staff’s illegal and unethical actions.

    To go off on a “the Liberals did it!” tangent doesn’t even come close to excusing this travesty.

  • DougM

    Travesty? Strange, I remember one Liberal PM saying that it was impossible for ADSCAM to have happened without the full knowledge of the PM, and that Liberal PM saying that even though it happened in his office over the course of three years, he ahd absolutely no knowledge of it! So if that holds true for Liberals, how do you get Harper into the mix? His Chief of Staff wrote a personal cheque. It did not come from Public or Party funds. Unlike all the Liberals who are still defrauding the taxpayer, this debt was paid off. Even the Dweebs at CBC pointed out that it was unlikely Harper knew about it. So to try and suck the PM into it, reflects a lot more on the Moonbats amd the extent of their hysteria than it does Harper. But then the Moonbats blame Harper for everything from bad weather to the global economic meltdown (that’s when they aren’t claiming it never happened, of course) which in turn reflects on their intellectual abilities, which makes them something to be pitied, not followed.

  • DougM

    Nope. What rankles is them sucking $1.3 billion out of the public purse which could be better used for other things than funding a Toronto TV station to compete with Private broadcasters. If they want to stick to radio, you may have a point but in this case they are even trying to back away from that. The intelligent answer is simple. Kill the CBC

  • B Cummings

    So what you’re saying is: “ADSCAM! Liberals! Dweebs! CBC! Moonbats! Harper’s Innocent!!”
    Reflection of intellectual abilities duly noted.

  • kenn2

    You get the oil companies off the government teat, and then let’s talk about the CBC.

  • DougM

    How would your take note of something you haven’t the beginning of the capacity to understand? And I didn’t say Harper is innocent. I smply pointed out that rational people generally like to have some proof before going all hysterical. But it’s very nice that you have learned to cut and paste. Should we start on the big words next?

  • DougM

    Right now the Oil companys are the sole economic engine keeping this country alive both by filling government coffers with royalties as well as keeping Ontario’s, and to a lessor extent Quebec manufacturing on life support. By your analysis there should have been no money given to the Auto sector when the economy melted away. But nope, you only have problems when any money goes west of the Ottawa river don’t you? And as to CBC, they aren’t keeping anyone alive, in fact they are absorbing money that could be keeping people alive while the service they offer is already largely offered by the private sector at no cost to Canadian’s. But then, the CBC is east of the Ottawa river – so they have every right to live off the public teat, don’t they? For a person that refers to themself as a Canadian, your thought process is exceptionally small town minded…