4/1/2008 4:39:00 AMThe writing has been on the wall for a while but now we have to make it official. The name of the beloved Radio 3 Castro Hat is officially changing once and for all.
In a recent letter to CBC Radio 3 Director Steve Pratt, the US Department of Foreign Affairs addressed a specific concern by the FCC: the name “Castro Hat” was being broadcast to America on web-services. Apparently, the Helms-Burton act of 1996 extends to US internet policy - and although no one can understand why they want to address this now (didn’t they get the memo, we changed the name to “Freedom Hat” months ago) - we received very stern warning of what may happen if we don’t comply:
…if immediate steps are not taken to address our concerns, the domain www.cbcradio3.com all related sub-domains will become inaccessible from within the continental United States.
– April Pazzo , US DFA
In a bizarre twist, since the decision to effectively cut US listeners from Radio 3 applies only to Web radio, the satellite broadcast won’t be affected at all.
In some respects, the news that came down today from Steve Pratt was a complete surprise; in a way, though, it really shouldn’t have been. After all, China recently struck CBC from the list of domains accessible from within its borders, so a precedent had been set. What remains unusual though is that Radio 3 has now been censored by both sides of the political spectrum. Go figure.