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Jul 28, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada sells building for $42 million

CBC/Radio-Canada has signed agreements to sell its existing building and the western portion of its lot to real estate developer Groupe Mach for $42 million.

Jul 27, 2017 — News Article

NPR is reinventing itself. Here’s how it could change for the better. by Melody Kramer

NPR’s editorial director and senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, outlined a plan at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) to “roll out a regional hub system” that would help connect stations with each other, make it easier for them to share their expertise with each other, “wipe out the lines between NPR and the member stations” — and get more local stories aired nationally.

Jul 22, 2017 — News Article

Gender pay gap strikes again. This time at the BBC by Elizabeth Renzetti

Columnist says that when the BBC was forced to unveil salaries for its on-air talent, it was infuriating, though not surprising, to see that the top seven earners were men, and that men made up two-thirds of the 96 names on the list. 

Jul 13, 2017 — News Article

Diversity on TV improving but Indigenous people still 'virtually invisible,' study says by Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson

Columnist says Canadian television has been getting better at representing the country’s cultural diversity, according to a government-commissioned study — except when it comes to Indigenous people, who remain “virtually invisible on Canadian networks.”

Jul 8, 2017 — News Article

What’s next in TV’s digital revolution by Chris Powell

Columnist says consumer adoption of network TV alternatives like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coupled with the content available on YouTube and quasi-legal sources like Periscope and torrents, is requiring broadcast groups to straddle the line between traditional TV and digital.

Jul 5, 2017 — News Article

Heritage Minister to unveil Canadian media strategy in September by Ryan Thorpe

News Media Canada called on Joly and the federal government last month to increase funding to the Canadian Periodical Fund from $75 million to $350 million annually.

Jul 4, 2017 — News Article

BBC Set to Fight Netflix With More Money for Kids TV by Alex Ritman

The broadcaster will pledge an extra $44 million toward children's content to counter the growing influence of online offerings.

Jul 3, 2017 — News Article

News observers hope for change and more context at 'The National' post-Mansbridge

FRIENDS spokesperson says the status quo isn't working and so shaking things up and trying another approach is something that all viewers should welcome.

Jun 30, 2017 — News Article

Do not adjust your set: 50 years of colour TV – from tennis and ties to petals and plumage by Mark Lawson

Half a century after the green grass and lemon squash of Wimbledon marked the dawn of colour TV in Britain, Mark Lawson reveals how it revolutionised everything from Cézanne to snooker.

Jun 29, 2017 — News Article

News observers hope for change and more context at The National post-Mansbridge by Victoria Ahearn

With Peter Mansbridge set to sign off as CBC News chief correspondent and anchor of "The National," speculation abounds as to what will happen with the public broadcaster's flagship program.

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada recognized as an iconic Canadian brand by Interbrand Canada for Canada150

To showcase the influence and impact of Canadian brands in honour of Canada150, Interbrand Canada has released “The Interbrand 150: Iconic Canadian Brands Report: Our Time to Grow.”

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

A CBC send-off: Colleagues salute Peter Mansbridge ahead of final broadcast by Haydn Watters

Mansbridge, who is stepping down after nearly 30 years as anchor of The National and almost 50 years as a CBC journalist, was honoured by family, friends and co-workers at the public broadcaster's Toronto headquarters.

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

Peter Mansbridge promises low-key exit from anchor chair at 'The National' by David Friend

Nearly a year after telling viewers he planned to retire from the public broadcaster’s flagship program, the 68−year−old newsman who defined an era at CBC News plans to sign−off for the final time with little fanfare.

Jun 28, 2017 — News Article

Traditional media still most trusted by Colette Brin and Sébastien Charlton

In Canada, as in other countries among the 36 surveyed for the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, it appears that most people still consider traditional media or their brands the most trustworthy sources.

Jun 22, 2017 — News Article

CBC hired external investigator to probe nepotism complaints after executives' spouses awarded contracts by Sean Craig

Although the investigator found no breaches of the public broadcaster’s conflict of interest policy, the legal counsel for one anonymous complainant said the findings are “inconsistent with the facts” and the contracts present the appearance of conflict of interest.

Jun 22, 2017 — News Article

Trudeau Liberals complete step one of many required for CBC reconstruction by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says the federal government has taken the first step on a long road toward what hopefully will be the restoration of the CBC as Canada’s most important public interest and cultural institution.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Canada needs a strong CBC by Nick Fillmore

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces the government is introducing a new system, ending the long-time practice of appointing friends of the government to the CBC board of directors.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Current Opportunity: Chairperson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

The Government of Canada is currently seeking a Chairperson for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jun 21, 2017 — News Article

Current Opportunity: Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in these positions.

Jun 20, 2017 — News Article

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Announces the Creation of an Independent Committee to Recommend Qualified Candidates for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.