Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: A small group of beleaguered, bearded males and expensively dressed females from the upper middle classes who operate a vestigial communications network from a series of glamourous half-empty buildings in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and a diminishing number of other Canadian centres. The corporation is now under permanent siege from the federal government and the private sector media giants, who are aided by CBC senior management, whose chief role is to pretend that the network remains viable no matter what limb is being amputated without anaesthetic, fire any staff who don’t spend at least two days a week in the Toronto building and send around memos counseling broadcast staff to lick the boots of hostile federal politicians and officials.

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