Columnist says that cancellations, conniptions and controversy overshadowed what was otherwise a good year on TV.
FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.
British government license fee settlement far lower than called for by the BBC.
Although only a handful of Canadian shows were routinely watched by large numbers of Canadian viewers, homegrown fare reached millions internationally through sales to foreign countries and lucrative syndication deals.
CBC is shut out of a new rights agreement that will make TSN the exclusive carrier of Canadian Football League content.
The outgoing chairman of Australia's public broadcaster backs the political appointment system that gave him his job.
Cartt.ca interview in which MP Charlie Angus talks about the Heritage Committee, the CBC mandate review, carriage fees and copyright legislation.
A listing of highs and lows at Canada's public broadcaster.
The European Union Competition Commissioner has forced the German authorities to end illegal government aid to public broadcasters.
Columnist says that the CFL is close to reaching a TV deal with Bell Globemedia.
Lobby group envisions Kamloops as a pilot city for the delivery of digital/high-definition TV.
Lobbyist speculates that a CBC Radio plan to invest $20 million in 20 centres across the county was dropped when it received little support from the Conservative government.
CBC News editor-in-chief says the public broadcaster is now thinking of itself as a content provider with the objective to provide news and information to Canadians via their network or platform of choice.
The BBC has announced it is putting its flagship investigative current affairs show "Panorama" back in a primetime slot.
Columnist says the CBC could hang onto the NHL rights by signing a short-term deal with the league, perhaps three or four years in length.
Columnist says that recent comments made by CRTC Commissioner Richard French, who could be the next chair of the regulator, suggests he is a skeptic of Canadian-content regulation.
Columnist says CBC management is losing credibility because of flip-flops such as the decision to reinstate hour-long local newscasts.
FRIENDS encourages the CRTC to grant carriage fees to over-the-air broadcasters in return for commitments to local and drama programming and to reinstate a policy of requiring a percentage of revenue to be spent on the production of Canadian programming.
CBC president Robert Rabinovitch has suggested to the CRTC a hybrid approach to delivery of digital television that relies on a mix of terrestrial broadcast and satellite, cable and IPTV delivery.
Article comments that there has been little news coverage from the CRTC over-the-air television hearings of opinions that differ from those of the large broadcasters.
Gemini Award winner says that by loosening the definition of priority programming in 1999, the CRTC ended the glory days of quality Canadian TV.
Canadian Media Research Inc. comments filed with the CRTC regarding the CBC's proposal to close down its over the air television transmitters.
CBC senior managers have announced a return to local and regional news in the coming months, with Vancouver as the test city.
Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.
Ted Rogers, chief executive of Rogers Communications, tells the CRTC it is not its job to boost the profit margins of private-sector broadcasters.
FRIENDS questions that a plan to return to hour-long local newscasts will be implemented given the term of the current CBC president expires in a matter of months.
CBC TV plans to return to one-hour regional newscasts and establish "civic journalism," where citizens can upload video or images of news events.
FRIENDS says specifics of new CBC plan for local news raise serious questions, and predicts the plan may not survive the appointment of a new CBC president.
The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.
CTV and Quebecor want the limit of 12 commercial minutes per hour lifted, while Corus and the CBC oppose the idea.
Article says Britain's ITV has hired BBC chairman Michael Grade as its executive chairman, a move that is causing turmoil at the public broadcaster.
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearings on over-the-air television will discuss several contentious issues such as carriage fees for conventional broadcasters and funding for Canadian drama.
Global, CTV, CHUM, and the CBC want subscription fees paid by cable and satellite TV distributors and flexibility to get around a 12-minute-per-hour cap on advertising.
Citizen joins FRIENDS in response to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch's editorial in the National Post "A CBC contract with Canadians."
Kamloops City Council has unanimously agreed to send a letter to Bev Oda, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, urging her to help restore public TV to the city.
Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of English television, says CBC's ability to maintain its cultural responsibilities is being compromised by declining revenue from advertising and government.
Article previews upcoming battles for National Hockey League and Canadian Football League television deals.
Columnist speculates that if Richard Stursberg can't deliver on the audience numbers he has been pursuing, his time as Executive Vice-President of CBC Television may soon be up.
CBC's executive vice-president of English TV talks about budget shortfalls, locking out workers, 'The One', staff defections and more.
According a survey commissioned by telecommunication companies, 20% of cable and satellite subscribers would cancel their service if they had to pay more for the channels they already get.
CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO calls a for formally instituted government-led mandate review every 10 years spelling out what Canadians should expect from the public broadcaster.
Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.
FRIENDS says Stephen Harper's agenda for CBC remains hidden and welcomes the House of Commons heritage committee decision to review the broadcaster's mandate.
The House of Commons heritage committee has passed a motion to begin a review of the CBC - FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be the first to testify.
FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should testify before the Heritage Committee's review of CBC's mandate so he can explain his position on the future of Canada's public broadcaster.
Transcript of the Heritage Committee motion by NDP MP Charlie Angus to undertake a CBC mandate review.
CBC television executives say that it will take time to turn around the public broadcaster, and they're staying the course.
Bev Oda speaks publicly about media convergence, the digital age, Canadian content, the future role of the CRTC and the fate of the CBC.
Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Joe Clark have agreed to appear as judges on a new CBC "factual entertainment" program.
In another change in CBC Television's senior management, the regional director for CBC-TV in British Columbia, Rae Hull, is leaving.
The director of television for the Australian public broadcaster says that the volume and availability of Australian content is more important in the digital age than ever before.
CBC-TV series 'Dragons' Den' has seen a ratings increase of 250% since the show premiered in October.
Cultural journalist, policy analyst and editor, Patricia Aufderheide speaks on themes related to public broadcasting within the academic community.
'The Rick Mercer Report' and 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' are receiving better ratings than the American TV shows they compete against on Tuesday nights.
Mark Starowicz, executive producer of CBC's documentary production, unit tells a P.E.I. crowd that funding cuts at CBC are leaving Canada in danger of raising a generation ignorant of its own culture and heritage.
Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English television says American shows on CTV and Global have "nothing to do with our Canadian life, values, mores and culture."
The Executive Vice-President, CBC Television says the broadcaster's central challenge is to make more Canadian programming that more Canadians want to watch.
CBC's head of English-language television says the broadcaster is in a transition period, with a new, heavier reliance on regular series and reality TV.
Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, on the need for public broadcasters to remain strong players in the digital media landscape.
Member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage calls on the government to provide a clear mandate, stable funding and a new governance model for Canada's public broadcaster.
New schedules for the 2006 broadcast season (29 October 2005 to 25 March 2007) have been posted on the Radio Canada International website.
New project launched to help bring movies and miniseries based on prestigious novels by famous Canadian authors to the small screen.
Article suggests Canadians are not finding relevance in CBC's new fall shows.
Frequency interference has prompted NPR to ask the U.S. communications regulator to recall millions of FM modulators that play satellite radios and iPods through car stereos.
Columnist says few positions in Canadian sports TV face more scrutiny than the executive director of CBC Sports.
On the heels of the public relations disaster 'The One', CBC announces a new reality TV show that reaches out to young people interested in stage, dance, singing.
Former prima ballerina Veronica Tennant suggests the CBC is selling out to get more viewers at the expense of its mandate to reflect Canadian culture and nationhood.
The resignation of CBC's head of Sports immediately raised questions about the future of NHL hockey at the network.
Radio actor, playwright, mathematician, birder, musicologist, producer and program host Lister Sinclair passed away yesterday in a Toronto hospital at the age of 85.
The head of Australia's public broadcaster has admitted the need to respond to claims of political bias in its news, current affairs and other programming.
Corner Gas, the Aspers and CBC's troubles mark the past 20 years in film and television in Canada.
CanWest Global Communications, CHUM, CTV and CBC want to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals.
TSN pulled in 1.334 million viewers for its National Hockey League opener compared with 1.229 million viewers for CBC.
Columnist says that CBC's needs to keep NHL hockey and better promote its other Canadian programming or else viewership will continue to diminish.
Consultant hired to help the CBC formulate a local news plan - management wants to present proposals for local television news to the CBC board by November.
Internal note to CBC staff says that a new hire will expand the public broadcaster's capacity to deliver local news that better connects with Canadians.
Britain's BBC wants 100 million American viewers for its television programming.
"Commercial free" public television is placing Disney and Google ads on its Web pages.
Only one Canadian-made show in the top 30 most-watched in Canada for the week Sept 18-24.
FRIENDS comments on the tenure of former CBC Board Chair, Guy Fournier.
CBC's president, chief executive officer and acting chair says the CBC needs a clearer sense of its mandate as technology and the media industry go through sweeping changes.
CBC/Radio-Canada proposes that the CRTC establish conventional broadcaster eligibility for cable and satellite subscription revenues.
The House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage questioned senior CBC managers about programming decisions and rumours the network could lose hockey.
Appearing before the House of Commons heritage committee, CBC president and acting chairman Robert Rabinovitch was grilled over a series of summer controversies.
Senior CBC management answer questions from Parliamentarians on issues such as local newscasts, new technologies, the CBC mandate, controversial programming decisions, and public broadcasting's place in the world.
Columnist says that low ratings are causing fear and consternation to stalk CBC's corridors of power these days.
Ontario's public broadcaster's new strategic agenda aims to make citizens better informed and will make use of new technologies.
Friends makes recommendations on advertising regulations, subscriber fees, public broadcasting funding, out-of-market tuning, time shifting, Canadian programming, local programming, the benefits policy and HD issues.
FRIENDS says the CBC is reaching a tipping point; present circumstances could result in public investment to reduce its dependance on ad revenues.
Former CBC chair tells Heritage Minister that he resigned because he had lost the confidence of Canada's new government.
Editorial says that the CBC is a bureaucratic mess and questions whether taxpayers are getting value for money.
Former CBC president says the current turmoil at CBC represents an opportunity to return the broadcaster to its place as a national treasure.
Columnist says that the CBC corporate culture has cultivated a consistency of opinions and a uniformity of views.
Article comments on the significance of the nomination of Guy Fournier's successor as chair of the board of the CBC to the future of the national public broadcaster.
Columnist says the CBC should stop focusing for ratings and instead produce diverse shows that appeal to many different demographics.
FRIENDS says a number of current CBC Board members have more TV, production, and scheduling experience than current management has and the next CBC Chair should not be a political appointee.
The Conservatives can now replace Guy Fournier with a CBC Board Chair more in-line with the government's priorities.
FRIENDS says the resignation of the chairman of the CBC board of directors could shift too much power to president, Robert Rabinovitch.
FRIENDS says that a Conservative government running low in the polls would not want to weaken the CBC with board chair appointment.
FRIENDS says it is a dangerous situation to have the lame-duck CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, fill the board position he answers to.
CBC Chair's comments another embarrassment for Canada's public broadcaster.
President and CEO of S-VOX says that the broadcasting system should provide Canadians reasonable access to programming that speaks to them as citizens, not just as consumers.
Guy Fournier, chairman of the board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, faces criticism after comments in a supermarket gossip magazine.
Friends recommends that funding for Canadian public broadcasting should be increased to at least 0.14% of GDP, and in return for reducing, or eliminating its reliance on advertising revenues, the CBC's public funding should be increased.
Producer of the cancelled Da Vinci's City Hall back on CBC with a new series; says Canadians want an alternative to American TV.
CBC's fall season got off to a dismal start with only 158,000 viewers for the miniseries debut about the late Quebec separatist leader.
CBC representative says the public broadcaster is less a competitor to private networks than a distinct alternative to them - and they make no apologies for trying to attract more viewers.
Canadian delegation has remained silent during deliberations on a wide-sweeping international broadcast treaty that will have significant consequences for Canadians.
Poll shows that 68 per cent of Ontario voters favour letting TVOntario sell advertising to help it pay for programming.
Columnist says there isn't a thing that's "public" about Canada's public broadcaster except that we all pay for it.
'Shortbus' the sexually explicit movie starring actress, musician and CBC broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee opens in Toronto.
Joan Donaldson, the first head of CBC Newsworld, died Thursday night in Victoria, B.C. at the age of 60.
CBC President Rabinovitch gets a failing grade in a performance review of senior CBC management done for Friends Steering Committee.
CBC President reports to staff on early September Board of Directors meeting.
CBC chases the youth market; CTV has no new Canadian shows but 10 TV movies; Global continues with a mostly American lineup.
FRIENDS recommendation to the Finance Committee states that the CBC's public funding should be increased in return for reducing, or eliminating its reliance on advertising revenues.
CBC TV bio-pic avoids over-simplification and shows René Lévesque in all his contradictions.
Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting
Columnist speculates that the Conservative government may want to move CBC toward an american style, viewer-supported public broadcasting or it may abandon over-the-air transmission.
This is Wonderland earns 12 nominations for the 21st Annual Gemini Awards.
SES Research-Osprey Media pool says Ontario's public broadcaster already has the right mix of education and entertainment or believe the TVOntario should offer more education and training programming.
CBC officials say a full-scale renovation will result in an integration of studios and resources, but will not produce staff reductions.
Columnist says that CBC Radio's value can be shown in an educated populace aware if its surroundings and of the political decisions being made at all levels.
CBC's executive director, English Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada says that TV ratings are an important part of the CBC mandate.
CBC-TV's latest ratings hope is a new business related reality show from Japan - Dragon's Den.
Columnist says that the loss of NHL Hockey on CBC-TV could mean the beginning of the end for Canada's public broadcaster.
Proceeds of parking-lot sale to fund a new Vancouver Production Centre for CBC's 550 employees.
Broadcasting veteran and former TVOntario executive producer Doug Grant has been named director of current affairs and weekly programs for CBC-TV and Newsworld.
CBC says a Canadian version of televised singing contest, The One, will not air any time soon - critics say the cancellation is proof of poor decision-making at the broadcaster.
A senior CBC executive says the public broadcaster cannot justify the expense that would be required to deliver CBC-TV via analog in the Kamloops area.
As the CBC heads towards a license-renewal process blogs could gain importance as a conduit for the day-to-day debate on what the broadcaster is doing right or wrong.
Bell Globemedia is developing strategy to outbid CBC for National Hockey League television rights, but a top executive says a final decision on how to proceed has not been reached.
Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and TSN, may bid $1.4-billion for 10 years of Hockey Night in Canada.
Former CBC anchor says the lust for audience and commercial appeal ominously blurs the distinctions between private and public broadcasting; meaning Canadians will get less probing journalism and current affairs coverage.
The CRTC decision to delay CBC/Radio Canada's licence renewal may aid a Kamloops citizens group in its struggle restore CBC-TV broadcast service to the region.
Columnist says that the people to blame for 'The One' failure are CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg and CBC president Robert Rabinovitch.
Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that the CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, and not importing American commercial programming.
Columnist refutes claims that ratings for 'The One' were 'actually half decent' in a blog posting.
Research shows that 'The One' managed only 3.67% audience share and that the past month's ratings have been the poorest in CBC's history.
CBC to fill the hole left in their TV schedule by a cancelled 'The One' with more foreign programming.
Online discussion with Globe and Mail columnist on the recent decisions and future directions of Canada's public broadcaster.
FRIENDS says that pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show means that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.
The American reality series garnered the smallest audience ever for a premiere among the original three U.S. networks.
The cancellation of 'The One' may be evidence that viewers have reached the saturation point for reality talent shows.
The idea: George Stroumboulopoulos and 'The One' was supposed to give CBC's national news a ratings boost.
Columnist says that Canadians should openly question decision by CBC management to bump The National at a time when there are so many critical issues facing the country and the planet.
FRIENDS says poor decisions such as pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show and locking out employees for seven weeks last summer show that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.
FRIENDS calls CBC's experiment to simulcast an American TV show and bump The National from its regular time slot a fiasco.
FRIENDS says that the obvious mistake to broadcast The One raises questions about the television-production experience of CBC senior management and demonstrates the need for reform of the leadership selection process.
With The One sunk, its budget shrinking, Tories in power, and fierce competition, a chorus of critics is calling on CBC-TV to go ad-free.
FRIENDS says that CBC senior management made an indefensible decision to air 'The One', the U.S. reality TV program that has since been cancelled by ABC.
FRIENDS says that senior CBC leadership has egg on its face after making the indefensible decision to broadcast The One.
PBS member station issued large indecency fine after single viewer complaint.
FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.
The ABC reality show The One: Making a Music Star – which made headlines in Canada for bumping CBC's The National from its berth – has been dropped by the U.S. network after only two weeks.
Bell Globemedia's increased buying power and bigwig attitude alter the dynamic of Canada's TV launch season.
Despite only 150,000 Canadians tuning in to The One: Making a Music Star, CBC-TV still plans to continue broadcasting the US reality show.
CBC staffer calls the police to demand that those goldarned CTV whippersnappers across the street keep that dangblasted noise down.
CBC Toronto staffer calls in noise complaint for Canadian Idol festivities across the street from the public broadcaster's headquarters.
Op-ed says that the CBC should restore transmitted television signals in Kamloops, not just because Canadians depend on an unbiased source of news, but because the CBC must live up to its public obligations.
Various form responses from CBC staff and Board members to Friends' supporters who communicated concerns over the pre-emption of The National this summer by an American reality show.
CBC's executive VP in charge of English television says the pubcaster is facing financial pressures unprecedented in its history and that ad revenues are needed to create, produce and broadcast Canadian content.
With control shifting from the media to the audience, the BBC wants to turn its audiences into participants.
Columnist says that it is unlikely that CBC executives will own up to the decision to run The One: Making a Music Star.
A Statistics Canada report states that last year's lockout of CBC employees resulted in an audience decline from 11% to 8.8% for CBC Radio.
The Executive director, Network Programming, CBC English Television responds to an editorial criticizing the US reality TV show that bumped The National from its time-slot.
Lacklustre ratings for the debut of the American reality show that bumped The National are not impressive.
Report states that the lockout ordered by CBC management last August cost Canada's public broadcaster a large share of its listening audience.
Editorial calls the ratings for CBC's The One - barely more than half the audience of the delayed The National - a catastrophic result.
BBC director general unveils a far-reaching reorganization intended to make the BBC a fully on-demand, multiplatform producer capable of carving out a leading role in the digital world.
CBC's The One: Making a Music Star limped out of the starting gate garnering less than half the viewers of a bumped The National.
Columnist asks why the public should be subsidizing CBC Radio when it often amounts to social activist radio?
Ratings low for first CBC simulcast of American reality television show.
Columnist compiles the spin from CTV, Global and CBC on the dismal debut ratings of The One: Making a Music Star.
Kamloops CBC viewer sees the decision to cease television transmission as a precedent the CBC will follow to save money in other smaller markets.
A profile of the development of CBC's online presence; FRIENDS notes that CBC.ca has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet.
Blog posting: CBC insider says CBC management has so much riding on the success of The One that it is sacrificing news programming time — during this Middle East crisis — for pushing an American reality show.
Columnist says CBC is lucky that U.S. network picked one of CBC's own staff to host American reality television show whose simulcast will cause The National to be bumped twice a week.
Last-minute changes to U.S. broadcaster's schedule mean CBC will now bump The National twice a week to air American reality television show The One.
Despite criticism, CBC commences simulcast of U.S. reality television show, displacing The National on Tuesday nights east of Manitoba.
CTV-TSN-Rogers consortium that stole the 2010 and 2012 Olympics from CBC may also be able to get NHL Hockey.
While some feel that pro sports on CBC is nearing its end, others say that the outlay for CHUM may mean Bell Globemedia will not be able to outbid the public broadcaster for NHL hockey.
Possible strike action at the BBC has been postponed for a week after a meeting led to new concessions.
CBC Television Chief of staff responds to letter by a resident regarding the inability to receive CBC Television programming over antennae in Kamloops.
BBC staff set to vote on strike action after revelations that senior managers have been given large pay rises.
The host of CBC Newsworld's The Hour will host the American reality show this summer that is bumping The National from it's time-slot.
Neither side welcomes a new disclaimer on the Prairie Giant miniseries; for some, the issue is becoming a debate over the CBC's independence.
FRIENDS calls the ideas in a Senate committee report freeing the CBC from the ratings race "radical and impressive".
Columnist says the CBC can chart a new path in the internet era by collaborating with Canadians to bring their creativity to a wider broadcast audience.
Editorial suggests that excellence at the CBC, while currently seeming unachievable, is what should be strived for.
CBC TV's executive director, network programming says a new six-part series, North/South, was not dumped in the daytime "dead zone", rather it was specifically produced for the time-slot.
CBC's Executive Director, Network Programming says CBC is the only network to which people can turn for Canadian history programming.
CBC Radio's host of The Contrarians says that staff at the public broadcaster just as bored as other Canadians with the endless debate over CBC's future.
FRIENDS says that the expected CBC mandate review that would have fuelled interest in public broadcasting was blocked on instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
Hon. Andy Scott urges the Minister of Canadian Heritage to initiate the planned review of the CBC, despite intervention by the Prime Minister's office.
Industry groups, filmmakers, political families and the Saskatchewan Opposition have entered the debate on CBC's decision not to re-air the Tommy Douglas miniseries.
Columnist says North/South - the Canadian-made series set amid the Halifax construction industry - has potential, but nobody's going to watch it in the afternoon in the middle of summer.
A Friends' supporter refutes the form response by a CBC board member regarding the pre-emption of The National by an American reality show.
CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.
FRIENDS says that the record level of foreign shows on CBC-TV is more evidence that CBC needs direction from Parliament and Canadians to return to its public broadcasting mandate.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation shelves an unauthorised biography of the country's most influential radio broadcaster after threat of litigation.
The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
FRIENDS says CBC-TV's success at shedding foreign programs from its primetime schedule through the 1990s has been almost completely undone by senior management at CBC.
The Ontario government is modernizing and revamping TVOntario, but the spectre of advertising now looms over the province's public broadcaster.
Ontario's public broadcaster undergoes sweeping overhaul fuelled by $25-million injection.
FRIENDS says that a mandate review is needed to put CBC back on track
A Decima poll says Canadians are equally divided in their preference for CTV or CBC national news but 57 per cent would be less likely to watch The National if it were bumped by an hour.
Senate report recommends that CBC television should not provide services that inappropriately duplicate those of the private sector, such as the coverage of professional sports and the Olympics.
Ontario's public television broadcaster will receive a temporary increase in its annual $45 million base operating grant from the province help implement a new agenda.
The writer of the Tommy Douglas TV movie is defending his script against criticism that led the CBC to pull the miniseries from rebroadcast.
TVOntario will receive $25-million in new government funding over two years as part of a plan to focus more closely on education and learning.
Opposition suggests the Liberals wanted TVOntario's flagship news show, Studio 2, cancelled because it was often critical of the government.
TVOntario announces a new Strategic Agenda for Ontario's public broadcaster, including a transition to digital, a content strategy that responds government priorities and and new directions in revenue generation.
Heritage Minister express skepticism about the CBC trying to follow the lead of profit-seeking networks.
Editorial says that the CBC should experiment with TV programming in attempt to draw new audiences to the network.
Columnist discusses Senate Committee report's conclusions on media concentration in Canada and the CBC.
Editorial says the Senate report on the state of Canada's media industries should be viewed as a beginning to a much wider national discussion on the future of the CBC.
FRIENDS responds to a letter by CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum.
FRIENDS believes Heritage Minister Bev Oda discreetly abandoned a plan to order a mandate review of the CBC under pressure from other members of the federal Cabinet.
The Writers Guild of Canada asks CBC to issue apology after the miniseries circulation and DVD sales were halted.
Editorial says the CBC should become commercial-free, but its public funding should remain static.
Op-Ed says that if CBC President Robert Rabinovitch is not going to fight for the CBC, he might as well quit and let the Conservatives have their way with the public broadcaster.
Editorial says CBC must be distinctive, focused on Canadian stories, drama, humour, current events but it cannot be all things to all people.
CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum says that given declining operating resources, the CBC should change its mandate to meet its top priorities.
Senate report helps the public understand the news media better and media people better understand themselves.
Columnist says CBC television should be limited to news programming.
Columnist says that CBC's best hope of survival might lie turning the network into a pay channel, like HBO or Bravo.
Op-Ed says CBC should stop trying to duplicate programming on the private networks and concentrate on creating television that isn't afraid to reach out to marginalized or minority communities.
Columnist says that since the government won't increase CBC funding it's time to consider alternative revenues such as private broadcasters paying a public broadcasting tax.
FRIENDS responds to a letter by the executive vice-president, CBC English Television noting that Canadian content in primetime has averaged 68% since his arrival.
Executive vice-president of CBC English television comments on decision to pre-empt The National newscast with American reality television show.
Knowlton Nash comments on recent CBC programming decisions: "If the CBC really wants reality TV, let people get the reality of what's happening in the world by turning on The National at 10 p.m. every night"
Op-ed: how do we explain to foreign correspondents and production crews who are putting their lives on the line in places such as Afghanistan that they are pre-empted for an American talent show?
Private broadcasters applaud a Senate committee proposing that the CBC get out of the sports broadcasting business - FRIENDS says the discussion will be moot if CTV outbids CBC for NHL hockey.
Editorial applauds CBC use of american reality programming and says that the talk of CBC mandate and missions means nothing if no one is watching.
FRIENDS notes that CBC President Robert Rabinovitch told the Commons Heritage Committee just nine months ago that CBC doesn't do reality programming.
The Senate's standing committee on transport and communications suggests setting media market share threshold at 35%.
Editorial says executives at the CBC should be ashamed of themselves for bumping their main newscast for a tarted-up American singing contest.
NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says CBC television appears to be a rudderless ship without a sense of its important mandate.
Senators Joan Fraser and Jim Munson point to the decision to bump The National for a U.S. reality program as an example of the dangers that CBC faces in pursuing a commercial mandate.
Columnist says that Knowlton Nash is the kind of journalist-manager who has forgotten more about CBC's workings than most of the current executives put together will probably ever learn.
Columnist says that the only faint silver lining around a dark CBC logo is the fact full privatization will have to wait for Stephen Harper to land a majority government.
FRIENDS contrasts statements made by CBC president Robert Rabinovich saying that the broadcaster is not interested in reality television with recent CBC Television programming decisions.
The CBC needs a full re-examination of itself to get back to its core mandate of public broadcaster, says the head of the Senate committee on transport and communications.
Canadian Journalism Foundation honours Knowlton Nash with its lifetime achievement award - he is 'apprehensive' about the CBC's decision to bump the newscast he famously served as anchor from 1978 through 1988.
Editorial states that recent CBC Television programming decisions are alienating those who support its existence as a publicly funded broadcaster.
As Senate considers broadcaster's long-term strategy, CBC executives have been forced into damage control in the wake of public reaction to The National being bumped for an American Idol knockoff reality show.
FRIENDS says the current senior management of CBC values ad revenue and audience rating points more than serving Canadians and this is having a huge impact on the kinds of programs CBC TV is presenting.
A sweeping Senate report on the Canadian media industry calls for tougher ownership restrictions, a new regulatory framework for acquisitions, and a new road map for the CBC.
A Senate report on the state of Canada's media industry has called on the federal government to increase funding for the CBC so that the public broadcaster can operate without commercials.
ACTRA says that CBC spending money on a U.S. talent show in search of ratings and revenue is a sell-out of its mandate as Canada's national public broadcaster.
FRIENDS and Peter Mansbridge comment on 'The National' on being bumped by a U.S. reality show.
A "strategic review" of Ontario's public broadcaster could be released today - Minister states that big changes, but not massive job cuts are included in the offering.
After a three month period from March to May 2005, when CBC's English Television network Canadian content levels fell below minimum legal requirements, CBC-TV's CanCon levels have risen to 82% in the three months from December 2005 to February 2006.
FRIENDS shocked and surprised by CBC's decision to bump The National from its usual time slot to make way for a simulcast American reality show.
A Senate report on the state of Canada's media will recommend that CBC-TV become a truly public, commercial-free broadcaster.
FRIENDS says CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, not importing American commercial programming.
FRIENDS comments that CBC.ca has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet and CBC is the most trusted source of news and information in the country.
Moses Znaimer and Quebec producer Jocelyn Deschênes have brokered a deal with the CBC to make Rumours, an English version of the hit Québécois comedy Rumeurs.
The executive vice-president, CBC English Television cites the eroding funding environment as reason for focus on new reality based programming.
Editorial comments on CBC using public funds to create reality-programming based on a U.S. show.
CBC's fall schedule is padded with reality shows, longer-running dramas and documentary series.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has voted to reduce funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 17.4% for 2007 and has refused advance-funding for 2009.
CBC management is delaying layoffs to in-house production staff at CBC Toronto until May 31, 2007.
Columnist states that while Canada needs a vibrant, public source of TV programming, the CBC has been so wounded by budget cuts, bad management and burgeoning competition that many Canadians see little worth saving anymore.
CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal delayed after Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda's announcement of a six-month review of new television technologies.
Note to CBC staff from CBC President Robert Rabinovitch concerning a CRTC study ordered by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the future environment the Canadian broadcasting system, a forthcoming CRTC review of over-the-air television, and the deferral by one year of the renewal of the CBC's broadcasting licence.
CRTC study to help the government set its broadcasting policy for the 21st century.
FRIENDS issues statement following the failure of Heritage Minister Bev Oda to announce a mandate review of CBC.
Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda has asked the CRTC to determine what impact rapidly changing technology will have on the broadcast industry's future - move expected to delay the CBC's renewal licence for a year.
BBC director-general Mark Thompson insists that the Internet can turn the public broadcaster into a truly global media brand.
The Federal government and the CRTC are expected to release details of a policy review that could reshape television rules.
Executive Summary of a report that will facilitate a Town Hall discussion on the future of Canadian television and Canadian television programming at the Banff World Television Festival.
Reform of the CBC likely to be the Conservative government's first step in a more sweeping overhaul of the broadcasting industry.
U.S. House of Representatives votes to cut $115 million in federal support from public broadcasters; may spark grass-roots campaign to restore funds.
The Vice-president and CFO of CBC/Radio-Canada submits information on number of CBC staff and cost of salaries in rebuttal to a letter by Bill Roberts.
Editorial takes issue with a report calling for the CBC to put more focus on news, arts and culture and less emphasis on sports and commercials.
President and CEO of VisionTV states that the CBC needs to claw back staff costs and reduce bureaucracy.
According to a study published by the Public Policy Forum, CBC Television should run more news, arts and culture, less sports and fewer commercials.
Brian Williams, the face of the Olympics on CBC for 30 years, follows the games to rival CTV - move seen as another blow to sports programming on the public broadcaster.
A discussion paper on the future of public broadcasting in Canada by a former member of the CBC board of directors.
CBC executive says the broadcaster will put more emphasis on high-profile television series rather than specials and mini-series.
Following a survey of more than 5,000 audience members, CBC.ca gets a major re-design.
Former member of the CBC board of directors states that the federal government must better define the CBC's role and that there must be less emphasis on audience ratings and commercial revenues.
Columnist argues that the new "perky" attitude at CBC Radio is eroding its ability to deliver serious journalism.
With the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final the CBC is expecting a ratings windfall.
While the Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants CanCon requirements lowered, CBC Radio 3 finds success playing emerging Canadian artists almost exclusively.
Citizens in Kamloops BC lobby the CBC President and the CRTC for access to CBC television over public airwaves.
The CBC Radio 3 Podcast, featuring up-and-coming Canadian bands, has been downloaded more than two million times in the past year - more than 50 per cent of listeners are from outside Canada.
CBC/Radio-Canada board chairman Guy Fournier has sparked debate by suggesting Radio-Canada has become too Quebec-centric and should be doing more to promote national unity.
CBC's executive director of English programming plans to increase Canadian prime-time programming to 175 hours in the 2006-2007 season and 250 hours by 2008.
CRTC sides with CBC, decides TSN cannot broadcast more than one hockey game nationally at the same time; CBC had argued competition from TSN for advertising revenues would make it uneconomical for the public broadcaster to air sports on TV.
Stompin' Tom Connors says he is outraged that CBC-TV is moving away from music and variety shows and is no longer interested in airing a concert production he taped last fall.
CBC's union, the Canadian Media Guild, is urging the Canadian Heritage Minister to intervene and avert what it sees as the gradual privatization of CBC-TV.
Transcript of question by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and response by the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning parliamentary disclosure and debate of the terms of the government’s rumoured mandate review of the CBC.
Note to CBC Staff announcing the new Creative Head of Television Drama - a former Executive in Charge of Production for Drama at CBC Television.
Turnover in CBC senior management continues with the resignation of the creative head of television drama.
Newly-appointed CBC programming executives are conducting a 10-city tour in search of proposals from independent producers for "hit" television series.
CBC's new executive director of programming is travelling across the country seeking pitches from independent producers, in particular program ideas that will attract bigger audiences.
Reports show that CTV News is watched by four times more Maritimers than CBC's newscast.
Transcript of questions by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and responses by the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning funding of the Canada Council for the Arts and the commercialization of CBC television.
CBC attempting to enhance its presence in documentary programming with the purchase of additional 53 percent stake in The Documentary Channel; CBC says financial arrangement, including how CBC will pay for the purchase, will not be released.
Corus Entertainment to sell its ownership share in the digital service The Documentary Channel to CBC/Radio-Canada, subject to the approval of the CRTC.
Columnist argues that the expiration of the NHL's TV contract with CBC should be an opportunity for Canadian taxpayers to voice their concerns about the way the Toronto-focused CBC covers hockey and the shortage of regional games.
CBC creates new management position for "factual entertainment" programming, which will oversee the development, production, acquisition and adaptation of talk shows, game shows, lifestyle and reality programs.
BBC director general's vision for public broadcaster foresees it transformed from a largely TV and radio-based service to an online, on-demand, new media entertainment resource.
Transcript of comments by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and responses by Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning parliamentary grant to CBC and other aspects of Canadian cultural funding.
CBC ranks considerably ahead of CHUM, Rogers, CanWest Global and CTV in second annual corporate reputation survey conducted by Leger Marketing in collaboration with Marketing; almost three-quarters of Canadians have a "good opinion" of the brand.
CBC announced it has cancelled the ZeD TV television program - regarded as an innovative outlet for art-house filmmaking and new media - as of the end of the current season.
CBC union disappointed in decision by CBC to cancel the award-winning, innovative late-night program ZeD TV.
CBC's The Current, Dispatches, Definitely Not the Opera, Ideas, Outfront As It Happens and some regional programming are all now available as downloadable podcasts on computers or portable music players.
Table prepared by Canadian Media Research Inc. showing percentage of CBC airtime devoted to Canadian and foreign content by program type and by quarter in the 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06 broadcast years.
CBC President and CEO talks about changes in the broadcasting industry, the state of Canadian drama and CBC funding.
CCA says main estimates make no mention about budget cuts for arts and culture, but also contain no indication the Conservative government intends to invest new money.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2006 Alternative Federal Budget recommends $178.4 million be allocated to implement proposed CBC local/regional strategy over three years.
Report by UK culture department says BBC not doing enough to control internal costs and that commercial businesses intended to generate funds for program production are performing poorly.
BBC director general Mark Thompson outlines vision to transform TV and radio services and introduce new range of broadband, mobile and interactive content.
Article reports that CBC Television has approached the National Hockey League about extending its lucrative and long-standing contract past the current 2008 expiration.
CBC considers plan to turn symbolic Radio-Canada tower in Montreal into condominiums.
Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.
CBC management says layoffs driven by the need for cost efficiencies; Media Guild says layoffs mean CBC is abandoning television production.
Article says decline in advertising resulting from of poor position of Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL playoffs could impact CBC revenues by as much as $30 million.
Layoffs at CBC wipe out almost entire TV design department - programs such as the Royal Canadian Air Farce and The National no longer able to fully produce own shows.
FRIENDS says news that Conservative government will review mandate of CBC not a surprise, questions whether intention is to give political direction to the CRTC.
Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, urges the Harper government to proceed cautiously with any review of the broadcasting industry.
CBC shuts down Toronto design operations, plans to contract out set design, set decoration, carpentry, paint shop, special effects, hair, costumes and props functions.
79 employees in Design, Studio & Remote Production, Post-Production, and Network Presentation given notice of redundancy at the CBC's Toronto Production Centre.
Days before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs unsold advertising spots raise concerns of a CBC revenue shortfall.
Veteran CBC producer Mark Starowicz has been appointed executive director of documentary programming for CBC Television, a new senior management position.
Article says Conservative mandate review of the CBC will not be conducted by a parliamentary committee involving former Alliance culture critic Jim Abbott; FRIENDS notes that Conservative policy on public broadcasting has changed significantly since 2004 election.
CBC announces promotion of "Canada: A People's History" producer Mark Starowicz to senior management.
Conservative MP Jim Abbott, who will reportedly assist Heritage Minister with review of CBC mandate, has been a harsh critic of the national public broadcaster in the past.
Australian Public Broadcaster struggles with governance issue as Australian federal government seeks to eliminate a staff-elected position on the Board of Directors.
Media researcher argues that drama is the most important program category to audiences and that neither the CBC nor its private counterparts are investing enough in ongoing dramatic series.
CBC management note to staff confirms CBC licence renewal hearing has been deferred.
British culture minister names three members to the BBC Trust, the new body that will succeed the existing BBC board of governors in overseeing the public broadcaster's operations.
Charts prepared by Canadian Media Research Inc. showing audience share of Canadian vs. foreign drama series on English television from fall 2003 to fall 2005, and comparing audience for various types of Canadian vs. foreign programming on French and English television in the 2004/05 broadcast year.
Article says Conservative government will allow CRTC to conduct television industry review, but under federal Heritage Department direction; CBC licence renewal to be delayed until industry review complete.
Toronto Star columnist's blog quotes from CBC management message to staff confirming that the CRTC will defer the CBC's broadcast licence renewals; raises questions about CBC's future under a Conservative government.
CBC claims radio audiences have returned to prior year levels according to BBM data.
Conservative government Accountability Act will mean CBC is subject to access-to-information rules and investigations by the auditor-general, raising concerns about the confidentiality of journalistic sources.
Columnist laments that Canadian broadcasters no longer broadcast Canadian drama series long enough for them to build a loyal audience.
CBC plan to rent out larger portion of Toronto broadcasting centre rejected by municipal committee.
Liberal opposition critic comments on key culture and heritage issues, urges Conservative government to conduct broad-based consultations in planned review of the CBC's mandate.
FRIENDS joins Council of Canadians and other groups to strengthen support for Canadian culture, calls on new Conservative government to fund CBC's local/regional programming plan.
Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.
Ex-Hollywood producer and new executive director of arts and entertainment programming at CBC faces high expectations.
CBC hires American film producer as head of arts and entertainment programming.
Columnist warns that recent moves by the Australian government to abolish staff-elected board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will lead to increased government influence and a reduction in impartial and culturally relevant content and information.
Move by CBC to lease its downtown Toronto broadcast centre to pay for programming faces opposition.
CRTC publishes 2005 figures on Canadian television revenues and expenditures.
ACTRA condemns increase in Canadian private broadcasters' spending on U.S. programming.
Labour disruption narrowly avoided as CBC, union representing CBC employees in Quebec and Moncton reach tentative deal on collective agreement.
Corporate donations credited with saving U.S public radio, allowing it to expand services, leading to significant increase in audience.
Columnist proposes strategies to invigorate CBC radio and television for core audiences.
RCI posts schedules for March-October 2006 broadcast season.
CBC President reports to staff on aspects of management presentation to Board of Directors.
UK government white paper indicates BBC Board of Governors will be replaced by an executive board, and by the BBC Trust, which will represent viewers and to which the executive board will be accountable.
Despite change in leadership, U.S. communications regulator proceeds to issue millions of dollars in fines against broadcasters for indecency complaints; broadcasters plan appeals.
VisionTV group of channels adopts new corporate identity.
UK government's plan for the BBC puts the creation of original entertainment content at the heart of its mission for the next decade.
CBC's recent cancellation of three critically-acclaimed Canadian dramas called the beginning of the end for Canadian drama on English-language television.
Column chronicles year of bad programming decisions at CBC, links recent cancellation of critically-acclaimed drama series with delays resulting from management decision to lock out employees in fall 2005.
Public broadcaster BBC told to focus on entertainment programming, but not chase ratings or copy successful programs from other broadcasters.
Columnist argues Canadian media surprisingly uncritical in coverage of new Conservative government.
Radio Canada is closing in on TVA's audience market share.
Study finds news becoming more repetitive and superficial despite overall increase in quantity.
Richard Stursberg lays out a vision where CBC Television can become the most important and popular video platform for Canadian news, current affairs, and entertainment programming.
CBC management and union representing Radio-Canada employees in Quebec and Moncton agree to bargaining marathon from March 13 to 26 in lead-up to March 28 contract renewal deadline.
Overview of February 17, 2006 presentation by CBC Executive Vice-President of English Television, Richard Stursberg, to the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association.
CBC President/CEO Robert Rabinovitch confirms he will not seek reappointment when term expires at end of 2007.
President says CBC is "only partly" a public broadcaster; columnist notes that review of CBC mandate proposed by Heritage Minister would hold up CRTC licence renewal process.
CBC President admits CBC needs more drama shows, after cancelling three series; praises CBC mandate review mulled by new Heritage Minister prior to election.
Union representing Radio-Canada employees in Quebec and Moncton concludes conciliator not making a difference in negotiations with management, refuses to continue conciliation process.
Labour negotiations involving employees of Radio-Canada French-language services in Quebec and New Brunswick appear headed for impasse.
CBC President praises idea of CBC mandate review; says CBC drama should be risk-taking, innovative.
Text of speech by CBC President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Rabinovitch, on the future of CBC.
Columnist criticizes request for survey participation, says representative of over-reliance by CBC management on bureaucratic studies and research.
NDP Heritage Critic calls for stable funding, end to patronage appointments at CBC.
Charlie Angus, NDP Heritage Critic, outlines NDP policy approach to relations with new Conservative government on CBC and Canadian broadcasting policy issues, including CBC governance, local/regional programming, foreign ownership limits, and English-Canadian drama.
Numerous challenges face the new president of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, Paula Kerger.
CBC vice-president of English television, Richard Stursberg, defends CBC President's performance in face of criticism over cancellation of three drama series; announces ratings floor for new drama and documentary programs.
Producers confused by CBC presentation on drama expectations; columnist laments recent CBC drama cancellations, notes that Canadian shows on CTV have ratings advantage from adjacent U.S. programs that CBC does not have, rejects idea that CBC and private sector are competitors.
Column says Kamloops was not being well served by CBC even before a private broadcaster's disaffiliation from the public broadcaster on February 27 made it no longer possible to access English television over the air.
Columnist points out logical fallacy in CBC management plan to improve ratings by airing programming that viewers want to watch.
Union representing Quebec, Moncton Radio Canada employees may seek strike mandate after members reject latest management offer in contract renewal negotiations.
CBC heading towards sixth labour conflict in as many years as communications sector union representing French-language employees rejects latest contract offer.
Columnist admits being misled by numbers released by CBC in response to ACTRA/FRIENDS press release on CBC's drama performance.
Columnist criticizes computer-generated model viewer, "Alice", used by CBC management to determine whether to air programming or not.
Disaffiliation of CBC affiliate in Kamloops, British Columbia to result in denial of CBC television to viewers without access to cable or satellite service.
Stursberg announces “audience-first” programming strategy at CBC, where new Canadian drama programs must attract a minimum of 1 million viewers; FRIENDS critical of fact that both private networks are within “Cancon-catching distance” of the federally-funded public broadcaster.
Former CBC president articulates why governance reform matters and is critical to the future of the CBC.
Text of Toronto Star columnist's blog discussing the accuracy of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV, updated to show that figures provided by CBC to counter data released by FRIENDS/ACTRA were misleading and do not allow an "apples to apples" comparison.
FRIENDS responds to column questioning the accuracy of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV.
In wake of data showing CTV has more Canadian drama programming in prime time than CBC, observers criticize CBC as too focused on ratings.
FRIENDS, ACTRA argue CBC management drops ball on drama after data show CTV presented more prime time drama hours than CBC between 2003 and 2005.
FRIENDS responds to column questioning the veracity of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV.
The new Conservative Heritage Minister has reportedly instructed staff to research the best way to approach a mandate review of the CBC; article speculates that mandate could be narrowed and funding cut.
Columnist criticizes critics of CBC management, takes issue with statistics released by FRIENDS, ACTRA showing CTV presented more prime time drama than CBC between 2003 and 2005.
Former Alliance-Atlantis executive responsible for lifestyle programming becomes new head of network programming at CBC, denies that focus will be exclusively on ratings.
Heritage Minister's past calls for a full review of CBC's mandate raise concerns; Minister suggests government may look at CBC management appointments process.
FRIENDS and ACTRA decry CBC's dismal performance in presenting Canadian drama series during prime time and call for CBC management to be held to account.
FRIENDS says data on CBC drama performance during prime time threaten its reputation as the leader in representing Canadian content.
CBC Television unveils new process for developing and commissioning Canadian programming, identifies goals to include faster turn-around times for new program pitches and an improved ratio of programs developed to programs produced.
Data showing CTV aired more Canadian drama in prime time than CBC between 2003 and 2005 prompt FRIENDS to reiterate call for reform of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.
The Quebec government says it plans to "modernize" the province's public broadcaster by cutting one third of its staff, outsourcing Montreal production to the private sector, and discontinuing various "secondary and peripheral" activities.
Viewers in Kamloops, British Columbia that do not subscribe to cable or satellite services will lose access to CBC programming when CFJC-TV, a private broadcaster, terminates its 49-year affiliation with the CBC on Feb. 27.
In early days of Olympics coverage, CBC's audience predictions fell short of expectations.
Television columnist calls sacrifice of top Canadian dramas on the altar of ratings a "tactical error".
Report says CBC expected to announce cancellation of two of its most critically acclaimed TV dramas ever.
Da Vinci's City Hall, The Tournament and This Is Wonderland, three of CBC's critically acclaimed drama series, will not be renewed, CBC announced.
ACTRA says cancelled CBC drama programs This is Wonderland, Da Vinci's City Hall and The Tournament are the victims of the 2005 CBC lockout.
FRIENDS responds to article criticizing CBC spending, notes that editorial independence from government and elected officials must be maintained to distinguish CBC as a public rather than a state broadcaster.
Expenditures on CBC Radio New Orleans benefit concert criticized; NDP Member of Parliament warns that CBC budget a focus of "budget trimmers" in the Conservative government.
CBC is reportedly negotiating with Google and Apple to allow downloads of its Canadian programming.
Francophone management at CBC/Radio-Canada not concerned over fate of CBC following election of new Conservative government.
FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.
Sirius begins broadcasting Howard Stern in Canada, but avoids high-profile marketing campaign.
Columnist exposes gulf between Alliance Atlantis and CBC programming, offers advice to former Alliance Atlantis executive hired as director of CBC English-language television programming.
CBC staff face space constraints as management seeks to maximize use of real estate; Toronto Broadcasting Centre to be redesigned to allow portions to be leased to outside tenants.
CBC leaves popular radio shows without hosts following departures; faces salary challenge from private sector.
After five-month search, CBC recruits executive formerly in charge of lifestyle programming at Alliance-Atlantis to replace Slawko Klymkiw as executive director of English-language programming; FRIENDS says position is critical given senior management's lack of programming and scheduling experience and was left vacant too long.
CBC notes that Sirius Canada, in which it holds a 40% stake, is a "separate company" entitled to make decisions based on market demands.
Sirius Canada adds Howard Stern to lineup to ensure its subscribers have the "best, most compelling radio"; CBC, which owns 40% of Sirius Canada, rumoured to have resisted decision.
CBC rationalizes decision by Sirius Canada, 40% owned by CBC, to carry Howard Stern.
FRIENDS blames patronage appointments for CBC lockout, says appointments process as a whole must change.
Maritimes director for CBC TV worries that Conservative government has not made its intentions for CBC clear.
CBC claims Turin Olympics most successful ever for advertising revenues.
Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, defeated; Conservative Bev Oda tipped to replace her.
FRIENDS tells Le Devoir it would oppose any attempt by a prime minister to remove the President of CBC; this would render CBC a state rather than a public broadcaster.
CBC, Bell Canada partner to deliver 2006 Olympic coverage to cellular phones.
Opinion editorial says that minority governments best represent the interests of Canadians, no telling what a Harper government would cut from the budget.
Article discusses Australian experience in electing a conservative government, resulting erosion of institutions of public culture.
Conservative advisor counsels breaking up CBC, structuring CBC radio on U.S. "fundraising drive" model.
Article speculates that the CBC President's days will be numbered under a Conservative government.
Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.
Columnist notes contrast between Bloc and Conservatives in emphasis on cultural policy.
Authors wonder what will happen to the CBC under a Harper government; conclude that minority governments less likely to stray from core Canadian policy values.
Responses by federal political parties to questions on Canadian cultural and communications policy posed by assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor; lack of media attention to issues such as CBC funding, foreign ownership limits, Canadian content regulations and support for the arts called a "cultural blackout of incredible democratic significance."
A Conservative government would preserve the "role" of national cultural institutions, but unclear whether it would maintain their funding.
Outgoing PBS head says the U.S. public broadcaster desperately needs more funding.
Columnist says Stephen Harper's cancellation of his appearance on CBC's The National gives away the party's stance on public broadcasting.
Cultural issues receiving even shorter shrift than in the 2004 election; neither Liberals nor Conservatives respond to ACTRA questions concerning policy stance on culture.
John Doyle comments on "makeover" of CBC news, descent of fifth estate newsmagazine into a speculative docudrama.
The Charlottetown, P.E.I. city council wishes to see the hour-long CBC local news at six format restored.
Article states that Radio-Canada's dismissal of longstanding radio personality François Parenteau was an act of censorship that went virtually unnoticed.
Editor in Chief of CBC News announces rebranding of CBC news as a "single, integrated multimedia news and current affairs service".
Radio and television interviewer Ken Rockburn discusses election coverage, offers pointed criticism of CBC radio.
CBC revamps news on TV and radio networks, CBC Newsworld and Web site in attempt to increase brand recognition.
Columnist says that despite the CBC's past achievements, the time has come to leave broadcasting to the private sector.
Article says that for the time being, programming changes at CBC and Global News seem to be mainly cosmetic; changes to CBC Newsworld described as "CNN-ish".
Networks revise news formats; CBC bases changes on two year old survey which found that parts of CBC news operation did not appeal to young people.
Opinion piece says that Canada's cultural subsidy and regulatory structure reflects the interests of the large commercial media conglomerates as opposed to those of Canada's creative class.