All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles

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.

Nov 28, 2016 — News Article

Unlike some rivals, Chong says CBC plays vital national unity role by Janice Dickson

While some Conservative leadership candidates have been appealing to the traditionally anti-CBC Tory base by proposing to abolish the national broadcaster or make serious reforms to it, Michael Chong is digging in as the moderate voice in the race by calling the issue a “distraction.”

Nov 28, 2016 — News Article

CBC asks for $400M more in funding to go ad-free by Jackie Hong

A proposal paper posted to the national broadcaster’s website outlines how the CBC/Radio-Canada wants to follow the example of the BBC, the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, and be fully funded by the federal government instead of partially relying on ad revenue.

Nov 28, 2016 — News Article

Unlike some rivals, Chong says CBC plays vital national unity role by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership contender defends broadcaster amid calls for cutbacks from rivals.

Nov 25, 2016 — News Article

Radio-Canada host Guy Lepage calls Maxime Bernier an 'idiot' by BJ Siekierski

In promoting his CBC/Radio-Canada policy Thursday on the Quebec radio station FM93, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said he would not prioritize talk shows like Radio-Canada’s popular Tout Le Monde En Parle — leading the show’s host to call him an “idiot” on social media.

Nov 25, 2016 — News Article

CBC reform deserves debate

Editorial states the CBC has played an important role in the history and development of Canada’s identity but argues the public broadcaster needs to change.

Nov 24, 2016 — News Article

Viewing the CBC as a public good by Brooks DeCillia & Patrick McCurdy

Columnists say the neoliberal view of the CBC as a commodity in the market, as opposed to a public good outside it, must be challenged.

Nov 23, 2016 — News Article

I will stop the CBC competing with private media, and the CBC will be better for it by Maxime Bernier

Federal Conservative leadership candidate says they believe there is still a role in the media landscape for a public radio and television network, but that it has to be something other than what the private sector already offers.

Nov 22, 2016 — News Article

CBC takes aim at critics in open letter by Beatrice Britneff

Public broadcaster president Hubert Lacroix reveals CBC’s digital ad revenue for first time.

Nov 15, 2016 — News Article

Conservative Leadership Candidate Cheered For Dismissing Climate Change by Althia Raj

Conservative Leadership Candidate, Brad Trost says that the biggest subsidy that needs to go is the $1.2-billion allowance to the CBC. 

Nov 15, 2016 — News Article

Stop 'handing out money' to CBC: media outlets by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives of Canadian media outlets urged members of Parliament Tuesday to pursue de-regulation in the news industry and “level the playing field” between the CBC and Canada’s struggling legacy media companies and new digital outlets.

Nov 14, 2016 — Policy Brief

Précis: Miller-Rogers Opinion on Options for a Merit-based CBC Board of Directors Appointment Process

This précis has been prepared for readers’ convenience by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, not by Peter Miller/Brian MacLoed Rogers. 

Nov 9, 2016 — News Article

'Making a meaningful difference': CBC launches new film fund for diverse filmmakers

CBC to invest at least $7.5 million dollars into the fund over the next three years.

Nov 8, 2016 — News Article

CBC threatens podcast app developer for using publicly available content, suggests ‘license fee model’ by Sean Craig

In a move that could impact your morning commute, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has sent a legal threat to the developers of a podcast app, claiming that accessing the public broadcaster’s publicly available RSS feed without paying a licensing fee constitutes “commercial use” and is a violation of its copyright.