Stuart McLean’s reign of terror at CBC enters 20th year.
Folksy, avuncular, deadly.Sep 8th, 2013 | By Heber Dolphy | Category: Featured
Twenty years on, there is no end in sight to Stuart McLean’s avuncular reign of terror at the CBC.
Since the 1994 inception of his program The Vinyl Café, McLean has insidiously used his skills as a folksy storyteller and cold-blooded killer to work his way up to effective dictatorship of the Canada’s state broadcaster.
Although he holds no official management title, a URNews investigation has found that McLean wields almost complete control over programming, hiring and strategic planning of the corporation, and management and staff alike dare not risk his wrath.
“Once a vice-president disagreed with Stuart over the Hockey Night in Canada theme issue,” said a senior CBC manager on condition of strict anonymity. “Stuart had him trussed and roasted like a turkey and served to the Board of Directors.”
Even as his popularity with the general public has grown over the years, with multiple re-broadcasts of The Vinyl Café, tours of the country, and healthy book sales, behind the scenes, McLean has grown more brutal and unpredictable, according to insiders. Insisting on being called Brotherly Leader and sporting paramilitary garb, McLean has taken to traveling about the CBC facilities with armed bodyguards dressed to look like Mr. Dressup and The Friendly Giant.
At a recent staff retreat, McLean proposed a network-wide staff retraining exercise intended to make all on-air personnel speak with the same friendly, folksy cadences employed by him. The edict is said to cover even senior CBC personalities like Peter Mansbridge, Don Cherry and Evan Soloman.
It is not know when the new policy will be implemented or if there has been any resistance. However, there are reports Kevin O’Leary has not been seen in three weeks.