All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

The CBC - Boon or Boondoggle by Sara Golling

FRIENDS says that among 18 major Western democracies, Canada, at $29 per inhabitant, was third lowest in terms of the level of per capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2014.

Dec 12, 2016 — News Article

CBC’s ad-free proposal shakes up heritage discussion by Simon Houpt and Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The public broadcaster argues going ad-free will allow it to take bold creative risks akin to its well funded U.K. counterpart, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and create high-quality flagship TV programs for Canadians that can be exported to the rest of the world. 

Dec 10, 2016 — News Article

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

Dec 9, 2016 — News Article

Scheer says he would axe CBC news division by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership candidate says government has ‘glaring’ conflict in operating CBC.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Ad-free CBC would be 'completely different,' says president

The president of CBC/Radio Canada said a proposal to increase government funding to the public broadcaster and do away with ads would transform the organization, especially its television programming.

Dec 3, 2016 — News Article

Furor over CBC’s opinion section is a tempest in an inkpot by Romayne Smith Fullerton

Columnist says that in order for Canadians to know each other, and understand the thoughts, attitudes, and values of others across our vast country, we need to expose ourselves to a range of interpretations and opinions.

Dec 2, 2016 — News Article

The Conservatives have slaughtered sacred cows before. If they target CBC, they can do it again by Chris Selley

While Conservative leadership candidate proposes to reform the CBC as an ad-free broadcaster focused on “what only it can do” in a modern media market, others in the party have assailed him for not calling to dismantle Mother Corp. outright.

Dec 2, 2016 — News Article

Ad-free CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the Liberals decide CBC can drop the ads, they need to make sure the public broadcaster gets the money it needs to fulfill their mandate.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Memo to Kellie Leitch: Nothing more ‘un-Canadian’ than dismantling the CBC by Harrison Samphir

Columnist says the CBC’s real value cannot rationally be measured simply by the amount of profit it generates.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Why is the BBC giving licence fee cash to the companies who have slashed local journalism? by Jonathan Heawood

The BBC has struck a deal to divert at least £8m of licence fee payer’s money into the pockets of newspaper publishers in every year of this Charter period – £88m in total.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Ambrose Tells Trudeau To 'Just Say No' To Giving CBC $400M In Additional Funding by Ryan Maloney

Federal Conservatives are urging the Liberal government not to give the CBC/Radio Canada more than $400 million in additional annual funding so that the public broadcaster can go ad-free.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Heritage will study CBC's ad-free proposal: Joly by Beatrice Britneff

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly tells the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  that her department will study a request the CBC submitted to the federal government asking for an extra $318 million in annual funding to move to an ad-free model.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all by John Doyle

Columnist says one must live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

The CBC’s answer to its privileged status — more privilege and an extra $400 million please by Kelly McParland

Columnist says CBC is a “cultural ecosystem” in which a privileged few thrive behind a protective fence of government support, safe from the demands and dangers of competition that bedevil the other side of the divide.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

‘We have no other tools’: CBC asks Ottawa for more than $300 million in new funding to go ad free by Sean Craig

Inspired by the British Broadcasting Corp., the CBC is recommending that its funding level be “depoliticized” by tying its subsidy to its current five-year licence cycle, indexing it to inflation, and keeping it separate from election and government budget announcements.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Ad-free CBC would send $158M in ad dollars to private media

A position paper released by the public broadcaster says that the CBC would lose $253 million in annual ad revenue if the broadcaster switched to an ad-free model — but two-thirds of that revenue “would migrate to other Canadian media.”


Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch calls for the CBC to be dismantled by John Edwards

The Simcoe-Grey MP and Conservative leadership candidate said she put the public broadcaster on notice that, if she becomes prime minister, the CBC is unlikely to exist in its current form.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article


The co-founder of Media Democracy Days and OpenMedia says the CBC's coverage of local pipeline controversies have not been the public broadcaster's "finest hour."

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate must be reviewed first

Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of TVA Group says a priority should be to review and clarify CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to make sure it complements the private broadcasters rather than competing with them.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.