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Subject: Re: Rép. : Headlines in RSS format ?
To: CBC Headlines Service
Date: 09/17/2004 12:49 PM
>>> « F. Rodriguez »
wrote @ 09/03 10:09 pm
>>> […] I’d like to receive your headlines in RSS format. It’s more
>>> convenient and fast, not to mention less bandwidth intensive.
CBC Headlines Service wrote:
>> We have the regret to announce to you that CBC does not provide a RSS
>> or XML feed for external use due to our strict Editorial policy. If
>> you wish to publish CBC news on your site, please subscribe to the
>> CBC Free Headlines service at:http://cbc.ca/freeheadlines
>> Best regards,
>> Marie-Josée Houle
>> Customer service
>> CBC/Radio-Canada affiliation program
>> Headlines service firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonjour Mme. Houle,
Thank you for your prompt response.
I understand the desire for editorial control over your content, but would like to point that CBC and Radio-Canada may be missing the opportunity to measure and know their potential RSS/XML audience. By not providing direct access using this format, visitors will use alternative means, like dodgeit.com anonymous email accounts with RSS
Those with a sense of ethics and respect for such policies (like me) will simply end up using other news sources that do provide such formats:
Government of Canada -http://news.gc.ca/cfmx/ccnews/xml/rss/National_en.xml
Le Devoir – http://www.ledevoir.com/rss/ledevoir.xml
Reuters – http://www.reuters.com/newsrss.jhtml
…to name just a few.
As a concerned canadian citizen and advocate of open, free standards use, I’d like to reiterate my desire of seing RSS/XML feed support for your news. Should you have any questions or comments, I’ll be happy to address them.
Many thanks for your time and dedication,
Montreal, QC, Canada