Anti-Elitism versus Anti-Intellectualism: What the CBC is Doing Right and Wrong

This is a discussion of the programming changes that CBC Radio adopted between 2007 and 2008. It looks at the unintended influence of the societal trend toward anti-intellectualism in the CBC’s programming decisions. I begin by examing the motives for the CBC’s changes, and why they might have adopted the attitudes that they did. I then explore the confusion between anti-elitism and anti-intellectualism, discuss the problems that these have caused for the CBC, and suggest an alternative approach.