All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles

Jun 15, 2018 — News Article

CBC radio station for Hamilton is long overdue by Grant Ranalli

Columnist says CBC Radio would add to the list of quality sources of local news and information available to Hamilton residents - a keystone of a healthy democracy. 

Jun 14, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS responds to the CBC President regarding #SaveCBCArchive campaign

FRIENDS invites CBC President, Hubert T. Lacroix, to clarify the public broadcaster's plan for preserving Canada's unique heritage in the CBC Archive.  

May 17, 2018 — News Release

Don’t mess with TVOntario

Three quarters of Ontarians support maintaining (53%) or increasing (20%) funding to TVOntario and its French-language counterpart TFOntario, according to a new Nanos survey, including 66% of Ontarians who would consider voting for Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives (52% support maintaining TVO funding, while 14% would increase it).

May 17, 2018 — Opinion Poll

Nanos Research TVOntario poll

A new poll shows that a majority of Ontarians say TVO and TFO deserve the financial support of the government and agree or somewhat agree that Ontario's provincial political leaders should ensure that TVO and TFO remain strong for future generations

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May 4, 2018 — Blog Post

Petition: Save the CBC Archive!

At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of TV, film, and radio recordings are heading to the incinerator, along with countless records, negatives, and other precious artifacts of Canadian culture and history.

CBC's first copy of Neil Young's HarvestUp in smoke.Knowlton Nash, Barbara Frum, Wayne & Shuster, Peter Gzowski, Joni Mitchell, Tommy Hunter, and Glenn Gould? Up in smoke. The Beatles' final concert (it happened in Toronto)? The Queen's first visit to Canada? Up in smoke.  Read more...

May 3, 2018 — Blog Post

Green Party of Ontario position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Green Party of Ontario.

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Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Parliamentarians discuss media crisis

Close the Loophole – The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising was the topic of discussion by Parliamentarians at a special breakfast event on the Hill on April 24.

Apr 20, 2018 — Blog Post

Ontario Liberal Party position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Ontario Liberal Party.

The Ontario Liberal Party remains firmly committed to supporting the valuable and unique contributions of TVO and Group Média TFO. Our government has consistently demonstrated this commitment and invested to enable TVO and TFO to continue to support lifelong learning through their dynamic educational on air programming. In recent years, our increased investments have enabled both agencies respond to the needs of Ontario's students both inside and outside the classroom through new innovative online platforms and applications like mPower, Homework Help, Boukili and Idéllo that help to bring technology into everyday learning at school and at home.

Our government has also continued to invest in the continued success of the creative industries by offering a comprehensive suite of tax credits, budgeting nearly $485M to invest in the sector through cultural media tax credits in 2017-18. We recognize the essential ways that TVO and TFO support our publicly funded education system and broader society, and we look forward to continuing to build on the strong foundation we have established with both public broadcasters. In contrast, on March 28, Conservative leader Doug Ford joked that he would reduce the CBC's public funding if he could, as per the Toronto Star's coverage on that day.

Apr 18, 2018 — News Article

CBC says it will carry on with destruction of broadcast archives once digitized by Terry Pedwell

A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.

Apr 12, 2018 — News Article

Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again? Paul Adams

Columnist asks whether the CBC can transform itself so that more of the best and brightest at the corporation will think about making their whole careers in Edmonton or Halifax instead of migrating to Toronto?

Apr 11, 2018 — Blog Post

Ontario's NDP position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from Ontario's NDP.

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Apr 9, 2018 — News Article

CBC shut out: Jets games only available on Sportsnet by Dylan Robertson

Columnist takes issue with the public broadcaster not airing any Winnipeg Jets games during the playoffs, focusing instead on Toronto.

Apr 8, 2018 — News Article

'It's a tricky time to have an opinion,' Rick Mercer says as his show wraps up

Mercer became notorious for delivering heated rants about Canadian issues while storming through a Toronto alley emblazoned with graffiti, for putting politics into thought-provoking perspective, and for exploring the nooks and crannies of the nation's landscape and contemporary culture.

Apr 6, 2018 — News Article

New CBC president Catherine Tait makes huge promise on local services by Karl Nerenberg

Catherine Tait, the newly named CBC president, will be the first person with a significant background in the media industry to hold the job since J. Alphonse Ouimet and Tony Manera.

Apr 5, 2018 — Blog Post

Catherine Tait takes the reins at CBC

It’s time for CBC to assume its rightful place in the Canadian media solar system, not just to fill gaps but to lead by example, aim for bold creative excellence and raise the bar for all.

Apr 5, 2018 — News Article

Lettre à madame Catherine Tait by Guy Fournier

In this open letter to Catherine Tait, Guy Fournier asks her to use the all-mighty power conferred by her new appointment to help CBC by better aligning its french and english televisions with the mandate of the public broadcaster and by pressuring the government to end commercials on CBC/Radio-Canada.

Apr 5, 2018 — News Article

The CBC’s president should focus on being different, not just bigger

‘The CBC needs to figure out what it can do best as a public broadcaster and, just as important, what no other organization can do well.’

Apr 4, 2018 — News Article

A message to new CBC president Catherine Tait: Commit to great TV, not the ordinary by John Doyle

Columnist says the issue with the public broadcaster boils down to CBC’s ineptitude, fear of challenging drama and neuroses about its role. 

Apr 4, 2018 — News Article

Nouvelle présidence à CBC/Radio-Canada

In this French radio interview, FRIENDS spoke-person, Daniel Bernhard, comments on Catherine Tait's appointment at the reins of the CBC, and discusses the work that remains to ensure the independence of the public broadcaster.