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Jul 27, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC needs to rethink its purpose, not just its programs by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says Canada’s public broadcaster will continue to limp along – resisting calls to refine its outdated and overly broad mandate to reflect a multichannel, multiplatform universe – or it will admit that much of the programming on which it spends its scarce resources is redundant.

Jul 25, 2015 — Kingston Region

The Senate’s shoddy report on CBC by Carol Goar

Columnist says that after 18 months of hearings, a Senate committee files a slapdash, miserly report on the future of the CBC

Jul 25, 2015 — The Guardian

CBC still plays a role in our lives

FRIENDS says following the Senate Committee's recommendations would render the CBC as nothing more than a “transmitter of programs that are conceived and thought up by private interests.”

Jul 23, 2015 — Globe & Mail

The Senate wants more Reach for the Top on CBC. Seriously? by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications would not even let Senator Art Eggleton include his minority report recommending that funding be raised from $29 per Canadian to $40, which is still only half of the average spent on public broadcasting in other Western democracies.

Jul 22, 2015 — News Article

Give CBC the support it needs: Editorial

FRIENDS says the Senate Report is all about paring back both the CBC’s scope and budget, and putting it on a shakier footing.

Jul 22, 2015 — Ottawa Citizen

A blueprint for marginalizing the CBC by Tony Manera

Former CBC/Radio-Canada President says the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications' report represents an abdication of responsibility for an institution created by Parliament with a mandate that is as relevant today as it ever was.

Jul 22, 2015 — CBC: As It Happens

Liberal-appointed Senator slams proposed CBC changes

Liberal-appointed Senator Art Eggleton is criticizing a Senate committee report recommending major changes at the CBC.

Jul 22, 2015 — La Presse

Disappointing, Disheartening Senate Report on the Future of the CBC

Alain Saulnier, former Director-General of News and Public Affairs at Radio-Canada, says a Senate report on the future of CBC/Radio-Canada looks to diminish the public broadcaster.

Jul 21, 2015 — CBC News

Senate report on CBC calls for new revenue sources, greater transparency by Susana Mas

A Senate committee has tabled a report on the future of Canada's public broadcaster, with 22 recommendations ranging from finding new sources of funding, to publicly disclosing how much its employees make and putting a stop to all in-house production of non-news and current affairs.

Jul 21, 2015 — Huffington Post Canada

Senate Committee Studying CBC Nearly Crossed Line: Ombudsman by Althia Raj

French-language service ombudsman Pierre Tourangeau says a Senate committee studying the future of CBC/Radio-Canada came dangerously close to “political interference.”

Jul 21, 2015 — OpenDemocracy

Time to fight for the BBC by Peter Oborne

Columnist says George Osborne and his neoliberal backers are not just attacking the BBC but launching a concerted assault on Britain’s democratic public culture.

Jul 20, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Here’s a better Senate plan for the CBC by Art Eggleton

Senator says it is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.

Jul 20, 2015 — iPolitics

Senate report recommends alternative financing models for CBC by Kyle Duggan

Among the report’s twenty-two recommendations, it suggests the CBC should explore “alternative funding models” and additional ways to generate revenue to “minimize the Corporation’s dependence on government appropriations,” and it calls on the CBC to disclose financial information about contracts and salaries.

Jul 20, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC urged to find new funding models by Simon Houpt

A Senate committee that spent 18 months studying the CBC and its place in the media landscape is recommending the public broadcaster explore alternative funding models, shake up its governance structure, be more transparent in its operations and air more amateur sports and high-quality arts.

Jul 20, 2015 — CBC/Radio-Canada

Senate Study on CBC/Radio-Canada a Missed Opportunity

The public broadcaster says it was hoping for more from the Senate Committee's report on the future of the CBC.

Jul 20, 2015 — Winnipeg Free Press

Senate committee calls for changes at CBC by Mia Rabson

A Senate committee wants Canada’s public broadcaster to be more transparent about salaries and look for new sources of revenue.

Jul 16, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Harper, Australian counterpart Abbott part ways on austerity by Konrad Yakabuski

Canada’s Prime Minister and his Australian counterpart share the same conservative ideology, contempt for carbon taxes and disdain for their public broadcaster.

Jul 14, 2015 — MediaPost

OTT Platforms Could Hit $12B IN 2018, Netflix Will Dominate by Wayne Friedman

Over-the-top TV platforms could triple in revenue in four years.

Jul 10, 2015 — National Post

National Post View: The cord cutters’ revolt

Columnist suggests that had the CRTC’s regulatory changes happened years ago, it is possible many of today’s cord-cutters might have stuck with cable and adapted to the new system.

Jul 8, 2015 — OpenDemocracy

“We cannot allow chaff to impact strategic direction”: an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Scadding

The Head of Public Affairs at the BBC talks about pressures and ambitions at the corporation ahead of next year’s Charter Renewal. 

Jul 7, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

German TV, Print Giants in Talks About $16 Billion Merger by Georg Szalai

Discussions of a merger come a decade after a previous deal failed amid regulatory opposition. 

Jul 7, 2015 — Broadcast Dialogue

Canadian broadcasters spent $138.7 million in television public benefits in the 2013-2014 broadcast year, according to new research

Spending on so-called tangible public benefits related to the acquisition of regulated Canadian broadcast television assets increased by 27% or $29.9 million to $138.7 million in the 2013-2014 broadcast year, according to new research from Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog Professional Services Inc.

Jul 7, 2015 — Comox Valley Record

Federal parties converge to man We Vote CBC booth Saturday

On Saturday, July 11, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (Comox Valley contingent) are bringing three federal parties together to work in a spirit of co-operation, manning our "We Vote CBC" booth.

Jul 7, 2015 — The Guardian

BBC considering move to make news channel online only by Tara Conlan

Columnist says the BBC is understood to be looking into future of £66.2m TV channel and how live news is covered, with final decision yet to be made.

Jul 6, 2015 — RapidTVNEws

BBC faces 18% funding cut in Tory budget by Rebecca Hawkes

The BBC could be forced to meet the cost of free television licences for those over age 75 as part of £12 billion in welfare cuts to be announced in the UK Government's budget on Wednesday.

Jul 6, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s Still Standing gets laughs in small-town Canada by John Doyle

Columnist says Still Standing is a retro-CBC premise and on paper it reeks of CBC dutifully fulfilling its public broadcast mandate and showing Canada to Canadians, but there is a delightful quality to Harris’s genuine curiosity about the people in obscure places.

Jul 6, 2015 — BBC.com

BBC to fund over-75s' TV licences by Nick Higham by Nick Higham

Funding free licence fees for over-75s cost the government £608m in 2013-14 - about a fifth of the BBC's budget.

Jul 5, 2015 — Toronto Star

Growing number of Canadians are cutting traditional TV services, says CBC report by Aly Thomson

Light viewers are now realizing most of their content needs can be met by the Internet, leading 16 per cent of Canadians to not pay for traditional TV.

Jul 2, 2015 — The Guardian

BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs in cost-savings push by Jane Martinson

Managers and back office functions to be cut to make up for a funding shortfall of £150m largely due to the faster-than-expected switch to online viewing.

Jul 2, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC to Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs, Become "Simpler, Leaner" by Georg Szalai

The U.K. public broadcaster remains under pressure to reduce its costs amid funding shortfalls.