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.To cut to the chase, the liveliest parts of The Tower of Babble, Richard Stursberg's anxiously awaited new book about his six turbulent years as head of CBC's English services, are the passages where he goes after his perceived enemies with a hatchet.... (Martin Levine Toronto Star 2012-04-11)
.Far from being a dry account of day-to-day business, this book provides an informative, and rarely flattering perspective of the confused inner workings of Canada's public broadcaster...Stursberg, despite being a first time writer, has a knack for story telling, and is able to effectively translate his experiences into a gripping and entertaining narrative...The Tower of Babble [is] a great pleasure to read and an excellent resource for anyone looking for further insight into the CBC.. (Michaela Pontellini Vancouver Weekly 2012-04-23)
.Stursberg cooks up a book that will raise the blood pressure of his former employees and their many and well-spoken supporters across Canada...Lovers of a good battle story will be glad that he didn't [go gently].. (Duncan McMonagle Winnipeg Free Press 2012-04-28)
....in an entertaining memoir, [Richard Stursberg] dishes out the inside story of his epic battles.... (Adrian Humphreys National Post 2012-04-28)
.Why read The Tower of Babble? It is a rare opportunity to see inside CBC management. It is an amazing look at one of the most controversial, confrontational characters to work in media in Canada. And it actually does provide many examples of what's wrong with our national broadcaster and the difficulties inherent in trying to keep it running.. (Belinda Alzner The Canadian Journalism Project 2012-04-25)
.Richard Stursberg's rage dominates his crackling autobiography -- as does his grief for the lost network's unfulfilled promise.. (Peter C. Newman Globe & Mail 2012-04-20)
.Stursberg's creativity rests in making things work. And that's the sense one gets from The Tower of Babble -- Stursberg really wanted the CBC to work, to be the best it believes itself to be, not because it should, but because Canadians needed it to be. So, while a tell-all -- the circumstances and atmosphere surrounding his end at CBC loom mysteriously over the book until the final chapter -- Stursberg doesn't come off vindictive. With his memoir, he's still trying to help save the CBC.. (Mike Landry Telegraph-Journal 2012-05-05)
.Tower of Babble...fires several broadsides at the power brokers and 'chattering classes' who take a proprietary view of the public broadcaster, while at the same time providing highly readable accounts of his showdown with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman over the all important broadcast rights, his attempts to transform the CBC News department (which he describes in the book as 'Fort News'), and his continued attempts to make CBC relevant in a country where the majority of TV viewers prefer foreign programming.. (Marketing Mag 2012-05-02)
.Stursberg, now a Toronto-based consultant, has written Tower of Babble, Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC, which spills beans on shenanigans he observed while in 'the job I had loved more than any other in my life.'. (Vancouver Sun 2012-05-14)
.By all accounts, Richard Stursberg is not one to mince words. Judging by his book, The Tower Of Babble: Sins, Secrets And Successes Inside the CBC, he's not one to hide from conflict or shrink from espousing unpopular views, either.. (Eric Volmers Calgary Herald 2012-05-12)
.The Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC, is Stursberg's lively, one-sided account of his highly tempestuous time at the Mother Corp, which began with an employee lockout and ended with massive cutbacks due to the recession.. (Nathan Whitlock Toronto Star 2012-05-14)
....a breezy, insightful and unabashedly self-serving business-book-cum-memoir of his tempestuous tenure. He convincingly outlines just how difficult his job was, and succeeds in making you truly care about the CBC -- an impressive feat.... (Nik Sheehan Point of View 2012-10-03)
RICHARD STURSBERG is the former head of CBC’s English services: television, online and radio. Before that, he was executive director of Telefilm Canada and achieved the largest share for Canadian movies at the domestic box office in history. He was also chair of the Canadian Television Fund (now the Canadian Media Fund), CEO of the satellite television company Star Choice, president of the Canadian Cable Television Association and Assistant Deputy Minister for Culture and Broadcasting. He lives in Toronto.