La Presse has an article on the state of podcasting in Quebec, concluding, basically, it’s not too good. The focus is on Radio Canada’s offerings (called baladodifusions in Quebecois), and this sort of shocked me:
la version podcast de Christiane Charette, une des Ã©missions-phares de la PremiÃ¨re ChaÃ®ne, est laissÃ©e Ã l’abandon. Personne ne l’a mise Ã jour depuis le dÃ©but de la saison; le dernier fichier date du 22 juin. Â«Personne dans l’Ã©quipe de Christiane n’a eu le temps de s’en occuper. Ils ont manquÃ© de ressourcesÂ», explique Marie TÃ©treault, chef des communications aux nouveaux mÃ©dias Ã la sociÃ©tÃ© d’Ã‰tat.
Talk about commitment.
I had some drinks with Sylvain at the last PodMtl (
hey, how come that page is in English only?? it automatically detects browser language)… and we talked about why Quebec is “behind.”
One thing I think is that anglos – because of language – just have quicker access to developments in a wider swath of world population. We are connected directly via the web to everything that happens in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, … etc. And since much innovation is happening on mobile data etc there, especially US and UK, it means were are getting (english) “data” inputs, meaning quicker uptake of innovation elsewhere.
The CBC may look good compared with Radio Canada, but they were pushed by the successes of NPR in the US, and BBC in the UK – and CBC was probably behind them by a year or 2 on podcasting. (See what I had to say about CBC and podcasting in November 2005) Whereas RadioCanada is pushed by … well by CBC certainly, and possibly? I presume? public broadcasting in France and elsewhere in Francophonie? Who does Radio Canada look to as the “competition” or at least as colleagues?
Does anyone know how much public broadcasters are podcasting in other francophone countries? UPDATE: Radio France, for instance, is podcasting like crazy, see: RF Podcast.
Anyway, would be nice to see more in Quebec, no doubt.