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All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2003

Dec 31, 2003 — News Article

CBC defends Mansbridge, says no bias in reporting: Internal study by Tim Naumetz

CBC argues that its study actually found that the majority of Canadians believe CBC News is unbiased.

Dec 31, 2003 — News Article

CBC change urged by Guy Dixon

CBC reacts to media coverage of internal study that recommends image changes for CBC News.

Dec 30, 2003 — News Article

In-house study calls CBC 'stuffy, uptight' by Tim Naumetz

The National Post reports that an internal CBC study has found that viewers see CBC as politically biased and its flagship TV newscast as "stuffy and condescending."

Dec 28, 2003 — News Article

Some reporters acted bravely by Antonia Zerbisias

Some journalists demonstrated bravery, others cowardice in their coverage of the war in Iraq.

Dec 27, 2003 — News Article

War, money dominate the picture by John Doyle

John Doyle notes that the number of reports on the state of Canadian television in 2003 exceeded the number of significant new Canadian productions.

Dec 24, 2003 — News Article

CRTC to look at satellite radio feed by Barbara Shecter

Commercial radio operators fear the CRTC may licence subscription-based, advertising-free satellite radio with low Canadian content requirements to avoid losing Canadian listeners to black market services.

Dec 23, 2003 — News Article

Television by Tim Gardem

New Zealand is a revealing example of the impact on diversity in the broadcasting system when public service television is replaced by a market-driven funding model.

Dec 23, 2003 — News Article

2003 was a difficult year for the newspaper baron by Michael Higgins

A commentary on several 2003 developments relating to Canadian media.

Dec 23, 2003 — News Article

Canada producers feel profit pinch by Etan Vlessing

Statistics Canada's annual survey of the domestic film and video business found Canadian production had a profit margin of 1.2% in 2001, down from 3.2% in 2000 and 4.7% in 1999.

Dec 22, 2003 — News Article

Putting the sports fan in the director's chair by William Houston

Hockey Night in Canada's interactive television is interesting, but not for everyone.

Dec 21, 2003 — News Article

Too many cooks, too little drama by Antonia Zerbisias

Canadians should be outraged that despite years of subsidies and regulatory protection, the means of producing Canadian television drama have all but collapsed.

Dec 20, 2003 — News Article

TV drama once again in peril by Nicholas Hirst

Winnipeg Free Press Editor argues regulatory problems are at the root of Canada's drama production woes, and suggests the federal government should encourage the private sector to invest through additional tax relief.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Hockey viewers have opportunity to sit in the director's chair by William Houston

New interactive television application will allow many subscribers to choose which pictures and video feeds to watch during CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Local viewing up in Canada; U.S. fare tops by Etan Vlessing

CRTC report shows that Canadians are tuning in to Canadian more often than U.S. channels, but watching more U.S. than Canadian programming.

Dec 19, 2003 — News Article

Francophones support homegrown programming

The CRTC's latest report shows viewing of French-language Canadian programming increased in 2002, while viewing of English-language programs continued to be low.

Dec 18, 2003 — News Article

Saddam and the CBC

National Post alleges "left-wing values" and "anti-American bias" in CBC's news coverage of Saddam Hussein's capture.

Dec 18, 2003 — News Article

The CRTC releases annual broadcasting report

CRTC releases its fourth annual Broadcasting Policy Monitoring Report, which provides information on the status of television, radio, and broadcasting distribution in Canada.

Dec 18, 2003 — News Article

Move over Canadian Idol by Alexandra Gill

CBC reportedly has 15 new reality television program ideas in development.

Dec 16, 2003 — News Article

CBC workers vote to join media guild

CBC workers have voted to consolidate representation in the Canadian Media Guild, but by a narrower margin than the Guild had expected.

Dec 15, 2003 — News Article

Industry, public answer federal call by Sean Davidson

The CRTC received a strong response from industry and the public to its call for comments on how to fix English-Canadian television drama.

Dec 15, 2003 — News Article

One Union at CBC: Guild wins vote

CBC employees across the country (with the exception of the province of Quebec and the city of Moncton, NB) have chosen the Canadian Media Guild as their sole bargaining agent.

Dec 15, 2003 — News Article

CEP extends merger offer to CBC workers

The Communications, Energy & Paperworkers of Canada notes that under the Canadian Media Guild, CBC workers will be isolated in an American union that has little connection to the rest of Canadian broadcasting.

Dec 13, 2003 — News Article

Will the BBC go the way of BR? by Will Hutton

Public broadcasting ties to the great Western tradition which asserts that the public domain is an essential component of our civilization.

Dec 13, 2003 — News Article

Blackstone backs independent BBC by Frank Kane

Former UK Labour Arts Minister says independence has to be at the centre of public service broadcasting.

Dec 11, 2003 — News Article

CBC bid for satellite radio targets Bitove by Mark Evans

Sirius Satellite Radio, a New York based company which offers commercial-free and premium stations via satellite, said it plans to move into Canada through a joint venture with CBC.

Dec 11, 2003 — Speech

Remarks by Ian Morrison to the World Electronic Media Forum, Workshop on Public Service Broadcasting, Palexpo, Geneva

Where public service broadcasting is weak, it is an indicator of lower participation by citizens in shaping the forces that influence their lives.

Dec 9, 2003 — News Article

Tough journalist transformed CBC

Denis Harvey, a CBC executive who pushed for high levels of Canadian content and Canadian drama on the public broadcaster, passed away at 74.

Dec 9, 2003 — News Article

Witness postponed until 2004 by Guy Dixon

Many programming decisions remain unsettled as CBC rethinks its documentary programming in light of competition from specialty channels.

Dec 8, 2003 — News Article

CBC facing its worst funding crisis: Rabinovitch by Paco Francoli

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch says Canada's public broadcaster is in worse financial shape now than during the Liberal funding cuts of the 1990s.

Dec 2, 2003 — News Article

Will Al-Jazeera win its war? by James Adams

Protests from bodies such as the Canadian Jewish Congress are unlikely to stop the CRTC from licensing the Arab station Al-Jazeera.

Dec 1, 2003 — News Article

Real ‘democratic deficit’ in Canada’s broadcasting industry by Wendy Lill

Member of Parliament Wendy Lill says the government's response to the Heritage Committee's report on the Canadian broadcasting system, Our Cultural Sovereignty, has been "underwhelming" and "patronizing" to Committee members and Canadians.

Dec 1, 2003 — News Article

‘New government’ must develop a well-defined policy on mergers and acquisitions in broadcasting, says Lincoln by Clifford Lincoln

Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage summarizes key positions underlying the Committee's 2003 report on the Canadian broadcasting system, Our Cultural Sovereignty.

Dec 1, 2003 — News Article

Reporters: Prick up your ears by William Thorsell

Thorsell suggests the longevity of CBC Radio's As It Happens is due to its understanding that good journalism requires listening, focusing on positive news stories in addition to negative ones, and covering matters of public interest as well as matters that interest the public.

Nov 30, 2003 — News Article

A Groundswell of Support for Reforming the Media by Paul Schmelzer

The FCC's June 2 vote to relax U.S. rules governing how many media outlets a company can own has been met with strong opposition despite a virtual blackout on the issue by US networks.

Nov 28, 2003 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Support for Canadian Television Drama [PN CRTC 2003-54]

FRIENDS' response to CRTC call for comments calls for a review of the business model for Canadian drama, measures to address the comparative disadvantage of Canadian series in the marketplace, and a focus on quality.

Nov 25, 2003 — News Article

Sharpen up your complaint skills, people by John Doyle

John Doyle says that compared to Americans, Canadians are poor at voicing their dissatisfaction with broadcasters.

Nov 24, 2003 — News Article

CRTC scuttles CAB confab focus by Sean Davidson

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters annual conference was a hotbed for discussions pertaining to many issues now facing Canadian media.

Nov 24, 2003 — News Article

Fate of Lincoln report falls to Martin by Laura Bracken

The government's lukewarm official response to the Lincoln report has left many in the industry fearful the two-year, 872-page study will end up a victim of bad political timing.

Nov 23, 2003 — News Article

No joke, Bullard blasts CTV by Vinay Menon

David Asper says Global's hiring of Mike Bullard is an attempt to develop and build stars and content as opposed to "renting" it.

Nov 18, 2003 — News Article

TV fund reorganizes financing programs by James Adams

An administrative overhaul of the Canadian Television Fund should make it easier for independent producers to access funds, but the larger issue of the need for increased funding remains.

Nov 18, 2003 — News Article

The smart and dumb decisions of TV execs by John Doyle

Globe columnist says commercial Canadian television lacks creativity and is merely a delivery system, purchasing American shows and delivering them to local viewers.

Nov 17, 2003 — News Article

HDTV finally ready for prime time by Randy Ray

Broadcasting insiders say HDTV is set to take off as HDTV TV sets drop in price and Canadian broadcasters expand their range of HDTV programming.

Nov 17, 2003 — Blog Post

Response to letter from Lise Lareau, Canadian Media Guild

Friends' Spokesperson Ian Morrison responds to a letter from Lise Lareau, President of the Canadian Media Guild concerning Friends' position on the current vote by CBC's non-Quebec employees to choose between the Guild (Local 30219, Communications Workers of America) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, a Canadian union.

Nov 12, 2003 — News Article

Keynote Address to the National Conference on Media Reform by Bill Moyers

The Founding Director of Public Affairs Television and current President of The Schumann Center for Media and Democracy discusses the state of the media in the United States.

Nov 12, 2003 — News Article

Split-run TV ads could boost Canadian industry by Kate Taylor

Columnist argues that if giving U.S. cable companies access to Canadian advertising can be used to fund Canadian programming, it is worth another look by the CRTC.

Nov 12, 2003 — News Article

Second World Press Freedom Ranking

Canada ranks 10th in a World Press Freedom ranking of 166 countries, coming in behind Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Trinidad and Tobago, Belgium, Germany and Sweden, but ahead of the UK (27th) and the USA (31st).

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

New Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

Attitudes Towards Canadian Media

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Newspaper Association have jointly released a Decima poll on Canadians' attitudes towards their communications media, showing that Canadians believe that government has a role to play in preserving Canadian content in the media.

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

Poll shows Canadians rely on their media in times of democratic deficit

Poll on Canadian media indicates that a significant majority of Canadians say maintaining a strong domestic media industry is an important agenda item for the new federal government.

Nov 8, 2003 — News Article

CBC hires PR giant that excels at disasters by Chris Wattie

FRIENDS observes that firm hired to improve CBC's public image appears to be doing its job.

Nov 7, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa fait fi des recommendations d’un comité sur le financement de la SRC

FRIENDS says the fate of the Heritage Committee's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting lies not with the current Minister, but with her successor.

Nov 7, 2003 — News Article

Copps calls for review into media ownership by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS expects that Sheila Copps' response to the House of Commons Heritage Committee report will have limited impact given the pending change of government.

Nov 6, 2003 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada to move forward with a new contract with Canadians

CBC says government response to Heritage Committee report reaffirms CBC's place in the Canadian broadcasting and cultural landscape.

Nov 6, 2003 — News Article

Government of Canada Remains Committed to a Strong Canadian Broadcasting System

Response of the Government of Canada to the report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, "Our Cultural Sovereignty".

Nov 6, 2003 — News Release

Media Briefing Note: Government response to "Our Cultural Sovereignty"

FRIENDS awaits Heritage Canada's response to the 97 recommendations contained in the two-year, all-party House of Commons Heritage Committee report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Nov 3, 2003 — News Article

Two unions vie for 8,000 CBC workers by James Adams

Unionized workers at CBC outside Quebec and Moncton are preparing to choose between a Canadian and a U.S.-based union.

Nov 2, 2003 — News Article

Ad switcheroo a brilliant plan by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias praises plan that would replace U.S. commercials with Canadian ads on top American specialty channels.

Oct 31, 2003 — News Article

Underdog or enemy? by Eric Reguly

Eric Reguly says broadcaster opposition means the odds are against 49th Media's plan to substitute American ads with Canadian ads on five U.S. specialty channels.

Oct 31, 2003 — News Article

Oh, Carole! The CBC chair doth protest too much by Peter Worthington

Columnist says the CBC would get more sympathy and support if its words matched its deeds.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Beating the bushes for Olympic television money by William Houston

CBC appears to be the only network keen on bidding for the 2010 Olympic Games.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Radio-Canada s'en prend à Starchoice et Bell ExpressVu par Stéphanie Bérubé

Starchoice and ExpressVu limit access to local CBC programming in French.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Beating the bushes for Olympic television money by William Houston

The CBC, Canada's current Olympic network, appears to be the only network keen on bidding for the 2010 Games.

Oct 30, 2003 — News Article

Lo and behold, 'Kisser' Crewson saves the day by John Doyle

John Doyle finds that a Canadian star links industry discussions, questions in Parliament about state of Canadian drama.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

Too much TV impairs reading, study suggests by Gloria Galloway

New U.S. study suggests that excessive media exposure could impair children's reading skills.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

DVRs seen imperilling TV advertising by Richard Blackwell

Bell Globemedia executive says programmable video-recording devices less of a threat to TV advertising than first predicted.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

Broadcasters overcharged $82M a year by Ian Jack

A parliamentary committee has concluded that broadcasters are overcharged on licence fees, and says that the practice may be illegal.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

CBC faces more cuts after pension shortfall catches up by Simon Tuck

The CBC must cut programming and other costs by a further $43-million next year to meet employee pension plan payment obligations.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

New TVs must be digital by 2007

A US court has upheld an FCC decision requiring TVs in the US to be capable of receiving digital TV signals by July 2007.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

CBC seeks partnership with broadcasters in France by Joe Paraskevas

Rabinovitch says CBC will consider expanding its international services and partnering with public broadcasters in other countries.

Oct 27, 2003 — News Article

CBC braces for one-union vote by Mark Dillon

Employees at the CBC are preparing to vote on whether to be represented by an American union.

Oct 27, 2003 — News Article

One-union vote at CBC by Mark Dillon

A winner-take-all showdown is looming at the CBC between the two unions that currently represent most of its employees.

Oct 27, 2003 — Blog Post

Memo to FRIENDS Steering Committee: CBC's Unions

Memo from Ian Morrison to Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Steering Committee members on the implications for viewers and listeners of the choice CBC employees are now making between CBC's two unions.

Oct 25, 2003 — News Article

A Newsworld of their own by Chris Cobb

Al Gore and his partners plan to buy Newsworld International and create an all-news network for Americans under 25.

Oct 25, 2003 — News Article

Are the U.S. airwaves about to lean to the left? by Simon Houpt

Al Gore is reported to be exploring the purchase of Newsworld International to create a new US media venture.

Oct 24, 2003 — News Article

'Death by a thousand cuts' can't continue: CBC boss by Norma Greenaway

CBC representatives tell Senate committee that ratings cannot be the only measure of a public broadcaster expected to offer distinctive programming.

Oct 24, 2003 — News Article

'The pews are empty,' CBC told by Norma Greenaway

Senators tell CBC Chair Carole Taylor that Canadians think CBC is biased and not relevant to their lives.

Oct 23, 2003 — News Article

Fini l'information-spectacle à la SRC par Stéphanie Bérubé et Hugo Dumas

CBC President admits that changes to its French-language TV news service were a mistake.

Oct 23, 2003 — News Article

La dictature des cotes d'écoute par Robert Rabinovitch

French version of text by CBC President circulated at Senate committee hearings on media concentration.

Oct 23, 2003 — News Article

Board chair to meet senators by Graham Fraser

CBC chair Carole Taylor says funding cuts cannot continue if CBC is to be effective as Canada's public broadcaster.

Oct 23, 2003 — News Article

Telefilm Annual Report (2002-2003)

2002-2003 Annual Report for Telefilm Canada.

Oct 23, 2003 — News Article

CBC Annual Report (2002-2003)

2002-2003 Annual Report for CBC and Radio Canada.

Oct 22, 2003 — News Article

Public Broadcasting: Why Bother?

Talking points by CBC Chair Carole Taylor to the Canadian Club, Ottawa.

Oct 22, 2003 — News Article

The CBC is worth fighting for by Carole Taylor

CBC Chair Carole Taylor says adequate, stable funding is necessary for CBC to fulfill its mandate.

Oct 21, 2003 — News Article

Gemini news awards a hit by Antonia Zerbisias

Zerbisias notes a sharp decline in the quantity and quality of local television news outside the largest Canadian cities.

Oct 21, 2003 — News Article

Gemini Award winners at last night's broadcast gala:

List of winners from yesterday's Gemini Awards.

Oct 20, 2003 — News Article

Izzy Asper's legacy by Stan Sutter

Izzy Asper was wrong about the CBC, and should have had to give more support to Canadian content in exchange for the right to use public airwaves.

Oct 20, 2003 — News Article

What this country needs ... by Scott Feschuk

Feschuk gives CTV and Global "Best American Network in Canada" award.

Oct 20, 2003 — News Article

Geminis are tonight -- not that you care by Alex Strachan

CanWest columnist says Gemini Awards are out of touch with Canadian audiences.

Oct 20, 2003 — News Article

A blowout party, just what the doctor ordered by John Doyle

The 2003 Gemini Awards faced stiff competition from US programming for viewers in its timeslot.

Oct 18, 2003 — News Article

Gemini gala is prime-time tedium by Alex Strachan

The tedium of the Gemini Awards turns off viewers, hindering the opportunity to draw viewers' attention to promising Canadian programs.

Oct 14, 2003 — News Article

Advertisers heartened by Toronto 1 ratings by Guy Dixon

Critics are turned off by Toronto 1's heavy reliance on U.S. programming; advertisers are encouraged by ratings numbers.

Oct 13, 2003 — News Article

Heritage holds CTF roundtable by Sean Davidson

The Department of Canadian Heritage held a meeting with stakeholders from the television industry to discuss the future of the Canadian Television Fund and English-language drama.

Oct 11, 2003 — News Article

We'll miss Izzy Asper's charm, honesty and opinions by Edward Greenspon

Globe & Mail editor recalls Asper's wit, litigiousness.

Oct 9, 2003 — News Article

The net effect has been a surprising success among viewers by William Houston

Despite doubts during its launch, CTV's Sportsnet has enjoyed more growth in the past five years than any other specialty channel.

Oct 9, 2003 — News Article

Izzy saw himself as the underdog by Margaret Wente

Despite being one of Canada's most successful and honoured men, Izzy Asper never got rid of the chip on his shoulder.

Oct 9, 2003 — News Article

Fierce and focused: What will his legacy be? by John Doyle

Izzy Asper would have resisted requirements that private broadcasters produce and air more Canadian drama.

Oct 9, 2003 — News Article

Succession planning an issue for Rogers: 'Realize your mortality' by Barbara Shecter

Ted Rogers' succession planning is several years behind Izzy Asper's.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Jazz-loving deal-maker praised as 'regular guy' by Randy Boswell

Global's success with US programming often caused Asper to clash with Canadian nationalists and broadcasting regulators.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Visionary often a term used for Asper by Will Chabun

Asper claimed CBC was an unfair competitor.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Israel H. Asper, Creator of Media Giant in Canada, Dies at 71 by Bernard Simon

New York Times notes Global's success depended partly on attracting Canadian advertisers to popular American shows such as The Love Boat, Dynasty and Hill Street Blues.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Flamboyant, blunt -- and committed by Daphne Bramham

Izzy Asper's purchase of Southam newspapers reopened the debate over media concentration in Canada.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Israel Asper: A 'great Canadian' who never forgot where he came from

Critics who accused CanWest of relying too heavily on U.S. programs missed the "larger picture".

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

The deal-maker who built an empire by Barbara Shecter

Conrad Black describes differences between Izzy Asper and his sons.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Death of a 'Canadian titan' by Barbara Shecter

Watchers expect smooth transition following death of Izzy Asper.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Satire survival: This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Air Farce start new seasons this week by Tony Atherton

CBC remains committed to This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Air Farce despite declining ratings.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Actors look to Martin to boost TV fund

Actors eye Paul Martin government as they return to Parliament Hill to lobby for more financial and regulatory support for Canadian television.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Duking it out in Canadian drama by Gayle MacDonald

Daryl Duke received a lifetime achievement award last weekend from the Directors Guild of Canada.  He is a longstanding member of the Steering Committee of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

CanWest head's death sends media giant into uncertainty by Keith Damsell

CanWest likely to undergo changes following founder's death.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Without Izzy, there won't be the sizzle by Eric Reguly

Eric Reguly ponders CanWest's economic viability now that Izzy Asper has passed away.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Observers hail Asper contribution by Richard Bloom and Paul Waldie

Izzy Asper will be remembered for achievements, controversy.

Oct 8, 2003 — News Article

Izzy Asper, 1932-2003 by Gordon Pitts

Izzy Asper could be "abrasive [and] litigious but also brilliant and charming".

Oct 6, 2003 — News Article

Television network in turmoil by Konrad Yakabuski

Industry observers expect Radio-Canada to abandon unpopular changes to television news in Quebec.

Oct 6, 2003 — News Article

At last, the right heads roll by Lysiane Gagnon

CBC has dismissed the news director responsible for unpopular changes to its French-language television news programming.

Oct 5, 2003 — News Article

CBC man wants Asper apology by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC reporter unlikely to receive apology from CanWest head.

Oct 4, 2003 — News Article

Ideology and idiocy by Christopher Dornan

Journalism professor, Christopher Dornan, says CanWest CEO Leonard Asper takes a complicated matter that merits serious attention and reduces it to baiting and name-calling.

Oct 4, 2003 — News Article

Actors to ask Ottawa for more TV-drama funding

ACTRA members will return to Parliament Hill October 7 to appeal for more federal money for Canadian TV drama.

Oct 3, 2003 — News Article

Asper accuses media of anti-Israel reporting

CanWest CEO says errors in quoting CBC reporter don't undermine his overall message criticizing Canadian media coverage of the Middle East.

Oct 3, 2003 — News Article

CBC fails to get point, Asper says

Leonard Asper admits to misquoting Neil Macdonald, but claims mistake does not detract from main point regarding anti-Semitism in the media.

Oct 3, 2003 — News Article

Mr. Asper, you owe me an apology by Neil Macdonald

Neil Macdonald responds to comments made by Leonard Asper that link reporting from the Middle East to "anti-semitism in the Canadian media."

Oct 2, 2003 — News Article

Russell Smith by Russell Smith

Russell Smith says Toronto 1 is a typical example of a media product that claims to be local despite the fact its programming is predominantly American.

Oct 1, 2003 — News Article

Media bias and the Middle East

Text of CanWest CEO Leonard Asper speech to Gray Academy of Jewish Education, Winnipeg, September 29.

Oct 1, 2003 — News Article

Media biased against Israel when reporting on the Mideast, Asper says

CanWest CEO Leonard Asper outlines 'personal' views on media bias in Middle East reporting, including that journalists often hold left-leaning views and are often socialists.

Sep 29, 2003 — News Article

CRTC seeks comments on Canadian content issue

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television.

Sep 29, 2003 — News Article

Copps is Doing Prime Minister Chrétien a Favour by Sticking Around, You Know by Sean Durkan

Sheila Copps' refusal to drop out of the Liberal leadership race is giving Prime Minister Chrétien a reason to stay in office.

Sep 27, 2003 — News Article

Rethinking CBC Radio: a naked medium by Michael Posner

CBC Radio's new vice-president to respect CBC radio's existing audience while not abandoning efforts to capture new listeners.

Sep 27, 2003 — News Article

Waiting out the Chrétien regime by James Adams

Fact that CBC kept mum on $10m funding cut suggests management is focused on the bigger picture of how the public broadcaster will be treated under a Paul Martin government.

Sep 26, 2003 — News Article

Media ownership diverse, despite mergers, CRTC says by Ian Jack

CRTC chair tells Senate committee media ownership more diverse now than 10 years ago.

Sep 25, 2003 — News Article

The BBC Loses a Bit of Its Luster by Sarah Lyall

New York Times says the BBC has lost some of its luster, through editorial blunders, an inability to negotiate the changing broadcast landscape, and an aggressively adversarial approach to news.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

PM's largesse leaves CBC out in cold: Will get $10 million less than expected by Bill Curry

Federal government announces $5.5 billion in new spending on Chrétien legacy issues, while CBC receives $10 million less than promised.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa gives CANDU extra $46-million: 'Nuclear renaissance' by Andrew McIntosh and Bill Curry

Chair of Commons Canadian Heritage Committee "surprised, even astounded" by CBC funding cut.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

Union wary of CBC's $10M shortfall

Canadian Media Guild doubts CBC can absorb $10 million cut to operating budget revealed in government estimates.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

CBC to face $10-million shortfall by James Adams

Estimates show Ottawa will cut $10 million in funding promised to CBC in last federal budget.

Sep 24, 2003 — News Article

Canada's odd fascination with expenses by Jeffrey Simpson

Canada's media, including CBC, lack a substantial international presence.

Sep 23, 2003 — News Article

Study: PVRs threatening TV ad base by Jesse Hiestand

Personal video recorders, which allow viewers to skip commercials, could result in higher subscriber fees to offset the diminishing impact of advertising.

Sep 23, 2003 — News Article

Linda Groen named head of CBC Radio current affairs

Linda Groen, former executive producer of The Sunday Edition, has been named the new head of current affairs for CBC Radio.

Sep 22, 2003 — News Article

CBC to be housed in one Giant on-camera newsroom by Molly Amoli K. Shinhat

Consolidation of CBC and TV radio employers in Ottawa into a new broadcast centre leaves journalists concerned that their coverage and diversity will diminish.

Sep 17, 2003 — Ad Campaign

Let's Tell Our Own Stories

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches advertising campaign to underscore the need to tell Canadian stories on television.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Article

Scary ads call for TV support by Martin Knelman

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Article

TV lobby unveils ad campaign urging more Canadian content

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Article

Campaign pitches homegrown TV

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Release

Draft Speaking Notes - Launch of Let’s Tell Our Own Stories Campaign

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches "Let's Tell Our Own Stories" campaign.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Release

Let’s Tell Our Own Stories

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches advertising campaign to underscore the need to tell Canadian stories on television.

Sep 16, 2003 — News Article

Dyke: Gov't planned 'attack' on BBC by Sam Andrews

The inquiry into the death of government weapons scientist David Kelly is allowing pre-existing tensions between the government and the BBC to surface.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

Campaign aims to spur public on drama crisis by Peter Vamos

Friends television campaign intends to raise the public's "share of mind" on the issue of Canadian programming on television.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

Révision de la radiodiffusion canadienne par Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

The Broadcast Act needs teeth by Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 13, 2003 — News Article

Pay-per-view televising of NHL games a winner for fans, clubs by William Houston

More National Hockey League games will be available on Canadian Television this season, but free viewing will be limited to one national outlet -- CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

Sep 8, 2003 — News Article

CBC watching -- from a different angle

The National Post criticizes the CBC's intentions to broadcast non-Canadian "blockbuster" movies in prime time to attract commercial revenues.

Sep 5, 2003 — News Article

CBC executes reorganization of top executives by Etan Vlessing

The CBC has shuffled its top arts and entertainment programming executives in and effort to consolidate the public broadcaster's radio, TV and Web site operations.

Sep 2, 2003 — News Article

Canadian programming rebounds by Etan Vlessing

Stable funding and improved relations with the federal government has resulted in improved audience ratings for the CBC.

Aug 30, 2003 — News Article

The water's not fine by Alan Kellogg

Alan Kellogg states that the CBC's attempts at borrowing concepts from American reality TV has been less than impressive.

Aug 27, 2003 — News Article

Ian Hanomansing, Kevin Newman among Gemini Awards nominees by Alex Strachan

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — News Article

CBC leads with nods for news, sports

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — News Article

CBC leads networks in news nominations: Gemini Awards by John McKay

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 27, 2003 — News Article

Major networks dominate Geminis by Michael Posner

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 26, 2003 — News Article

CBC leads Gemini news nominations by Dan Brown

CBC-TV received numerous nominations in the news and information categories for 18th annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 21, 2003 — News Article

CBC shutting down its arts web site by J. Kelly Nestruck

The CBC is closing its ArtsCanada Web site and laying off staff.

Aug 19, 2003 — News Article

Plusieurs animateurs changent d'émission - La radio de la SRC veut consolider sa position par Paul Cauchon

French CBC Radio, unlike its television counterpart, is increasing both the total number of listeners and its overall market share.

Aug 14, 2003 — News Article

CBC allowed more blockbusters in prime time by Richard Blackwell

The CRTC has granted CBC Television the right to continue to show non-Canadian blockbuster movies in prime time. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters predicts CBC may become "a U.S. superstation".

Aug 14, 2003 — News Article

CBC gets OK to air H'wood fare by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC has granted CBC Television the right to continue to show non-Canadian blockbuster movies in prime time. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters predicts CBC may become "a U.S. superstation".

Aug 14, 2003 — News Article

CBC can air hit movies, CRTC says by Barbara Shecter

The CRTC has granted CBC Television the right to continue to show non-Canadian blockbuster movies in prime time. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters predicts CBC may become "a U.S. superstation".

Aug 9, 2003 — News Article

CBC AS HOME OF THE BLOCKBUSTER? by James Adams

CRTC decision expected shortly on whether CBC can show blockbuster non-Canadian movies during prime-time.

Aug 3, 2003 — News Article

Canadians tuning out the CBC by Mark Milke

The Calgary Herald claims CBC viewership has declined due not only to increasing competition, but also the perception of bias.

Aug 2, 2003 — News Article

Transparent, but contentious by Maria Cook

The CBC's new, centralized Ottawa headquarters are drawing mixed reviews.

Aug 1, 2003 — News Article

Concert TV coverage trashed by John McKay

Public voices disappointment with CBC and MuchMusic broadcasts of the Rolling Stones concert at Downsview Park.

Aug 1, 2003 — News Article

Public radio sees boost in listeners by Allison Dunfield

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — News Article

CBC English, French jump to third place in radio rankings

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — News Article

CBC radio gaining listeners

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Aug 1, 2003 — News Article

Island radio listeners bucking trend: study

Public radio rose to third place among listeners by the fall of 2002 from sixth place five years earlier, Statistics Canada says.

Jul 21, 2003 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Globe & Mail

The BBC is not state-funded, but is instead a respected arm's-length public broadcaster.

Jul 19, 2003 — News Article

What's with the Revolving Door at CBC? by Denis Armstrong

Denis Armstrong reports on the exodus of talent from the CBC in Ottawa.

Jul 17, 2003 — News Article

Journal de Montreal: Blockbusters à la société d'État (FRENCH)

TVA and TQS oppose CBC/Radio-Canada's application to broadcast foreign films during prime time.

Jul 10, 2003 — News Article

Heritage report buried by Antonia Zerbisias

Coverage of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting has been sparse.

Jul 8, 2003 — News Article

Toronto 1 poaches staff from the CBC by Antonia Zerbisias

Craig Broadcasting's new Toronto TV station, Toronto 1, recruits news anchors from CBC, but relies heavily on American programming in its program line-up.

Jul 8, 2003 — News Article

2010 Winter Olympics by William Houston

Televising 2010 and 2012 Olympics expected to cost CBC $100 million or more.

Jul 4, 2003 — News Article

CBC lineup favours Canadian kids by Anne-Marie Tobin

CBC reaffirms its commitment to Canadian-made children's television.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Canadian TV rights now up for bids by Guy Dixon

Vancouver's successful bid for the 2010 Winter Games has sparked a bidding race for the rights to televise the Games in Canada.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Olympic win for Vancouver, NBC City to host 2010 Games; net can go live in primetime by Andrew Grossman and Etan Vlessing

CTV and Global have in the past contended CBC's access to public money gives it an unfair advantage in bidding for Olympic broadcasting rights. CBC says the Olympics are a net money-earner.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

CBC gets break in Olympics budget: No competition by Chris Zelkovich

News that CTV and Global are unlikely to bid for broadcasting rights to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics may lower the cost to CBC.

Jul 2, 2003 — News Article

Anchor away: Journalist Keith Morrison has found success south of the border by Ned Powers

Expatriate journalist Keith Morrison says CBC "sets the standard in news coverage and no one else in North America can match them".

Jul 2, 2003 — News Article

Global doc a misfire in tin-pot 'media war' by John Doyle

The National Post's 'CBC Watch', a forum for complaints about the public broadcaster, would be more at home on "the lunatic fringe of the Internet" than "a daily newspaper owned by a broadcaster who competes with the CBC for viewers".

Jul 1, 2003 — News Article

Each day, more of home to miss by Luke Eric Peterson

Living in the U.S. provides a new perspective on the uniqueness of Canada.

Jul 1, 2003 — News Article

History's strange brew by Mark Starowicz

Documentary producer Mark Starowicz writes that Canadians will never stop redefining their country.

Jun 30, 2003 — News Article

Is this the saviour of Canadian TV? by John Doyle

John Doyle reports on Clifford Lincoln's commitment to the ideal of a Canadian broadcasting system and his ideas for reforming it.

Jun 28, 2003 — News Article

Vancouver win will mean increased TV fees by William Houston

William Houston speculates that if Vancouver-Whistler is awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics, the cost of Canadian television rights will skyrocket. CBC will bear this cost, as CTV and Global have stated their networks will likely not bid.

Jun 28, 2003 — News Article

How Shelagh got her groove back by Sarah Hampson

An interview with Shelagh Rogers discussing the transformation of CBC Radio.

Jun 26, 2003 — News Article

Talent bleeds from Post by Antonia Zerbisias

The ongoing loss of good journalists and an ill-conceived bulletin board on journalistic bias at the CBC are not harbingers of a strong future for the National Post.

Jun 25, 2003 — News Article

Newsroom retains its edge 7 years after debut on CBC by Joel Rubinoff

Ken Finkleman's show the Newsroom is still as vital as when it began.

Jun 25, 2003 — News Article

The CBC responds to CBC Watch by Tony Burman

CBC responds to recent National Post accusations of bias in journalism.

Jun 24, 2003 — News Article

Who's taken whom? by Michael Posner

Michael Posner asks why the CBC is spending money on U.S.-made series.

Jun 24, 2003 — News Article

We're short on sizzle, not steak by Liane Faulder

The problem with Canadian drama isn't quality but the lack of U.S.-style hype to build an audience for it.

Jun 24, 2003 — News Article

No new money for CBC, would-be PM Copps says by Barbara Shecter

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps states that she would not increase base funding to the CBC if elected Prime Minister.

Jun 22, 2003 — News Article

The ULLICO scandal

An insider-dealing scandal has engulfed many of organized labor's most powerful bosses, including president of Communications Workers of America.

Jun 19, 2003 — News Article

Pétition des écrivains contre Radio-Canada par Rollande Parent

Quebec writers assail CBC Radio for a lack of attention to literature in its programming.

Jun 18, 2003 — News Article

CBC must drop the propaganda by Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay argues that the CBC is using taxpayers' money to subsidize anti-U.S., anti-Israeli propaganda.

Jun 17, 2003 — News Article

A timely example of why we must have the CBC by John Doyle

CBC's involvement in What the World Thinks of America is a reminder of its essential role as a pubic broadcaster.

Jun 14, 2003 — News Article

Adjust the TV system but let's keep it simple by Morley Walker

Morley Walker writes that the Canadian broadcasting industry needs more money to produce Canadian drama, more subsidies for the CBC, and more regulation to discourage media convergence.

Jun 12, 2003 — News Article

Keep lid on foreign ownership, put hold on media convergence: report by Bruce Cheadle

A study by the House of Commons heritage committee has made significant recommendations on foreign ownership limits, media convergence, CBC accountability, and funding for CBC, the Canadian Television Fund, and local and regional programming. The government says it's in no hurry to respond.

Jun 12, 2003 — News Article

Cross-ownership under attack by Graham Fraser

The House of Commons heritage committee says a moratorium is needed on broadcast licences for media companies seeking to own both television networks and newspapers.

Jun 10, 2003 — News Article

Networks wooing ad dollars by Rick Westhead

Sales officials with CTV, the CBC and other Canadian television networks will spend June and early July courting advertisers to sell between two-thirds and three-quarters of their prime-time ads.

Jun 9, 2003 — News Article

Satire gives Mercer far more than 22 minutes of fame by Judy Monchuk

The convergence of decision makers at Banff Television Festival can't help but give focus to the critical situation of Canadian television.

Jun 6, 2003 — News Article

Tremonti's latest

National Post condemns Anna Maria Tremonti.

Jun 3, 2003 — News Article

Ratings tumble could set a record by William Houston

The Stanley Cup final is experiencing the lowest audiences in history for a final on the CBC.

Jun 2, 2003 — News Article

Canadian television? That's CBC's line by Alex Strachan

Despite boasting "Canadian Television" as it's slogan, CTV's schedule still contains a large number of American programs.

Jun 2, 2003 — News Article

The jewel in its crown: CBC beat foes at coronation by Luma Muhtadie

Fifty years ago, the CBC beat American Networks in a race to be the first to broadcast footage of the Queen's coronation.

May 30, 2003 — News Article

CBC's fall shows remain in limbo by Tony Atherton

CBC's fall schedule is ambitious, but uncertain funding could still mean cutbacks and cancellations.

May 30, 2003 — News Article

Cash-strapped CBC launches 'guerrilla' TV by John McKay

Despite cuts to production funding, CBC plans a strong line-up of all-Canadian programming this year and says the worry is next year.

May 30, 2003 — News Article

CBC sticks to Canadian content by Etan Vlessing

The CBC has unveiled a fall 2003-04 TV season that relies mostly on returning Canadian series and is virtually devoid of American programming.

Apr 12, 2003 — News Article

Drastic funding cutbacks expected to Canadian TV by Jim Bawden

The Canadian Television Fund has chosen a day the House of Commons isn't sitting to announce the impact of $25 million in cuts on Canadian television production funding. CBC will be hit particularly badly.

Apr 1, 2003 — News Article

Longer war assaults Canadian TV news budgets by Mary Gordon

Tony Burman, editor-in-chief of news and current affairs at CBC, denies reports the Iraq war is putting a strain on CBC budgets.

Mar 16, 2003 — News Article

More layoffs feared at CBC

Friends fears uncertain federal budget will force $30 million in budget cuts at CBC, leading to layoffs and a decrease in regional programming.

Mar 14, 2003 — News Article

Lobby group fears more CBC cuts

Friends worries federal budget uncertainty will force cost-cutting at CBC.  CBC claims extra federal funding has been confirmed.

Mar 13, 2003 — Blog Post

Federal Budget Victimizes CBC - More Cuts Coming

Despite promise of $60 million in extra federal funds, CBC will have to make cuts

Mar 7, 2003 — News Article

Copps confirms CBC funding

CBC will get an extra $60 million again for the 2003-2004 year, in addition to the nearly $1 billion announced for its operating budget, Heritage Minister Sheila Copps confirmed Friday

Mar 6, 2003 — Blog Post

Letter to the Minister of Finance Re: CBC Funding

Friends asks John Manley to confirm Sheila Copps’ promised $60 million in extra CBC funding

Feb 28, 2003 — News Article

Letter to the Editor by Norma Reveler

Norma Reveler responds to The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) fears that Our Public Airwaves is a pawn in an ongoing battle with another union representing a different segment of CBC employess. 

Feb 25, 2003 — News Article

Funds dicey, but CBC has big plans by John McKay

Despite uncertainty over federal budget, CBC plans several major productions, while Canadian TV, film producers lament CTF funding cuts.  Friends urges CBC to reinvest in regional programming.

Feb 20, 2003 — Blog Post

Letter to CBC President Re: Local and Regional Presence

Friends asks CBC to develop new vision centred on local content, presence

Feb 18, 2003 — News Article

CBC advocate seen as suspect by James Adams

The creation of Our Public Airwaves reflects increasing tension between CBC’s two largest English-language unions

Feb 16, 2003 — News Article

CBC boss blasts private networks by Graham Fraser

At McGill Institute for the Study of Canada conference, CBC president Robert Rabinovitch criticized private broadcasters for dumping American shows onto Canadian stations

Feb 15, 2003 — Speech

Who Controls Canada's Media?

Canadians want strong, independent public broadcaster, not control of media by PM, central Canada, private broadcasters

Jan 30, 2003 — News Article

CEP union questions motives of new pro-public broadcasting organization by Norma Reveler

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) worries that Our Public Airwaves, a new pro-public broadcasting advocacy organization,is a pawn in an ongoing battle with another union representing a different segment of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) employees.

Jan 27, 2003 — News Release

Public Broadcasting: Threats and Solutions from Across the Pond

Friends is co-sponsoring a lecture series on the challenges affecting public broadcasters worldwide