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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 20, 2015 — News Article

Senate report says CBC should find new ways to pay for operations

A Senate committee is calling on Canada's public broadcaster to publicly disclose how much employees make and ensure non-executives aren't getting paid more than their peers in private broadcasting.

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 15, 2015 — OpenDemocracy

The Whittingdale Eight: war or wisdom for the BBC? by Lis Howell

The government has set up an advisory panel for its review of the BBC Charter. 

Jul 14, 2015 — News Article

The Battle of the BBC by Charlotte Higgins

Under attack from a government intent on reducing its size and besieged by commercial rivals, the broadcaster has been forced to justify its very existence.

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.

Jul 1, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Everyone’s a critic, but Canadians have so much to celebrate by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist suggests the CBC is starved for money compared with other countries’ public broadcasters.

Jun 30, 2015 — The Guardian

The BBC is under threat because its success challenges market ideology by Polly Toynbee

Columnist says many of the newer Bristish Tory MPs detest the very existence of the BBC because its phenomenal success an affront to market ideology.


Jun 29, 2015 — Strategy

The fight for specialty channel survival by Jonathan Paul

Columnist says when the specialty TV status quo changes in March 2016 there will be casualties, it’s just a question of how many.

Jun 28, 2015 — Toronto Star

Fixed-date election comes back to bite Stephen Harper by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says no prime minister in his right mind would opt to campaign for a fourth mandate in the circumstances currently faced by Stephen Harper.

Jun 26, 2015 — The Province

Rogers, Shaw look to protect their turf with Shomi streaming service to rival Netflix by John Greenwood

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are teaming up to launch a video streaming service to compete with so-called over-the-top players such as Netflix, which have been grabbing market share from conventional players over the last several years.

Jun 25, 2015 — Digital Radio FM Europe

Final Stop For DAB Radio in Sweden

The Swedish government has announced it will not go ahead with plans to replace FM radio with digital DAB+ broadcasting.