Radio has its own craft and discipline. You might not appreciate, say, a book editor suddenly having absolute power over your TV company. If a book editor wants to work in TV, you might expect them to humble themselves, to learn, and to observe before accepting a post where they would make huge decisions about other people’s work.
Denis McGrath is a veteran Canadian television screenwriter whose work includes episodes of Showcase’s Continuum and CBC’s InSecurity and Republic of Doyle. He sent this letter in response to yesterday’s post: CBC Puts Reality TV Exec in Charge of New Radio.
The CBC has appointed Leslie Merklinger as their new Director of New Programs for radio.
Merklinger leaves her post as Commissioning Editor for the Food Network. According to an internal memo by newly-appointed English Services boss Cindy Witten, Merklinger has “had a varied career in factual, arts, lifestyle programming.” Her credits include Donut Showdown, Top Chef Canada, CTV’s eTalk, and Opening Soon: By Design for HGTV