Shame on CBC in letting Don Murray & Patrick Brown go

Globe and Mail is reporting that the contracts for two of CBC best-known and most insightful foreign correspondents, Don Murray (London) and Patrick Brown (Beijing), have not been renewed.

I’m deeply sickened, saddened, and angry with the short sightedness of CBC in making this decision based on “economic reasons”.

I wished Canadians are as outraged about this news as when CBC Sports dropping the balls on their contracts negotiation with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry.

If you feel like it, you can try calling CBC toll-free number to try to leave messages for the following senior executive to tell them exactly how you feel,

I am realistic as I doubt any one will care. I don’t know how many people realize how precious Don and Patrick are in shaping the world views of Canadians? The sad fact is they may join a different network. Who knows if they will join CBC former editor-in-chief Tony Burman in going to Al Jazeera English? After all, talents like Don and Patrick don’t come by easily.

CBC seems to have no idea to treasure its talents.

I have lost faith in the management team of CBC News.

What were Lacroix, Stursberg, Enkin, and Cruikshank smoking?

P.S. If you know any of these people, call them and tell them you are mad!

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8 Responses to Shame on CBC in letting Don Murray & Patrick Brown go

  1. Bob Dawson says:

    But they are of retirement age, are they not? Murray is in his 60’s. Not an excuse to fire anyone; in fact may be discriminatory. But still… they came close to lifetime employment, available only to state employees

  2. kempton says:

    It is not about their retirement ages. It is about how good they are and what a lost if they move on. Both Don and Patrick are amongst the best in the field. I am saying Don and Patrick’s kind of experiences don’t come by easily and it is a definitely a lost for CBC and people who care about getting an insightful prospective on Europe and China.

  3. Dan says:

    I knew Patrick Brown in Beijing…arrogant asshole.
    Good deal he is out

  4. kempton says:

    Dan,

    I don’t know if you have an ax to grind or have a personal issue with Patrick to be so disrespectful to him but I want to say while I don’t know Patrick personally, I think he did a wonderful job in reporting about news in China and around the world to Canadians in Canada.

    Kempton

  5. jeff says:

    why do you say they are being let go in your headline? you first sentence clears it up – their contracts are not being renewed

    to say “let go” implies that the two men are champing at the bit to let out of the studio, like schoolchildren waiting for the end of school bell.

    why use a management weasel word/phrase like “let go”?

  6. john smith says:

    They both were of retirement age, cost lots of money to Canadian taxpayers, and didn’t turn that many stories.

    They weren’t value for money. And Patrick Brown was terrible to work with.

    Just because they were familiar to you because they were on-air so long, doesn’t mean they should stick around forever at the expense of Canadian taxpayers.

    And, if they were so damn good, why hasn’t CNN, NBC or even Global or CTV snapped them up?

  7. kempton says:

    Since I have no way of verifying you actually had worked with Patrick, I don’t know if you are right or wrong. And as I haven’t had the pleasure to work with Patrick so I can’t comment either.

    What I can say is Patrick’s reporting were insightful and in depth over the years and have served Canadians well. And I can confidently praise because I read and watch HK and Chinese news and do know a lot about news and events in that region and Patrick is one of the most insightful reporters around.

    Thanks for commenting even we don’t agree on things.

  8. jy says:

    Both gentlemen represent the best of canadian tv journalism. Let’s not forget it’s nearly impossible to put a price tag on their expertise and competency. I read about the kind of money they made and the amount was very reasonable to me. They are lots of useless public servants making much more than they did such as those morons running all kinds of boards and tribunals. People, get your priorities right. If you want to be well informed and enlighted about world affairs, don and patrick are the kind of journalists you need.

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