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All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2006

Dec 26, 2006 — News Article

Year in Review by John Doyle

Columnist says that cancellations, conniptions and controversy overshadowed what was otherwise a good year on TV.

Dec 23, 2006 — News Article

Searching for Bev Oda by Lawrence Martin

FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.

Dec 23, 2006 — News Article

BBC loses license fee battle by Mimi Turner

British government license fee settlement far lower than called for by the BBC.

Dec 21, 2006 — News Article

Success abroad, online viewing, CBC troubles dominated Canadian TV in '06 by Lee-Ann Goodman

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.

Dec 21, 2006 — News Article

Grey Cup moves to TSN in new deal by William Houston

CBC is shut out of a new rights agreement that will make TSN the exclusive carrier of Canadian Football League content.

Dec 20, 2006 — News Article

Outgoing ABC chairman backs political appointment system

The outgoing chairman of Australia's public broadcaster backs the political appointment system that gave him his job.

Dec 19, 2006 — News Article

Interview with NDP Heritage Critic, MP Charlie Angus by Greg O'Brien

Cartt.ca interview in which MP Charlie Angus talks about the Heritage Committee, the CBC mandate review, carriage fees and copyright legislation.

Dec 18, 2006 — News Article

The year that was at CBC by Sean Davidson

A listing of highs and lows at Canada's public broadcaster.

Dec 16, 2006 — News Article

Germans bow to EU on pubcaster funding by Leo Cendrowicz

The European Union Competition Commissioner has forced the German authorities to end illegal government aid to public broadcasters.

Dec 14, 2006 — News Article

TSN, CTV may sack CBC on TV rights by William Houston

Columnist says that the CFL is close to reaching a TV deal with Bell Globemedia.

Dec 13, 2006 — News Article

CBC lobby seizes on idea of 'pilot city' by Mike Youds

Lobby group envisions Kamloops as a pilot city for the delivery of digital/high-definition TV.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

CBC dropped plan to enhance radio, lobbyist says

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.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

Counterpoint; CBC is more than a TV and radio broadcaster by Tony Burman

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.

Dec 8, 2006 — News Article

BBC juggling primetime sked

The BBC has announced it is putting its flagship investigative current affairs show "Panorama" back in a primetime slot.

Dec 8, 2006 — News Article

CBC takes early lead in battle for NHL TV rights by William Houston

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.

Dec 7, 2006 — News Article

Who knew Question Period could be hot? by John Doyle

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.

Dec 7, 2006 — News Article

It flips. It flops. It's the CBC by Warren Kinsella

Columnist says CBC management is losing credibility because of flip-flops such as the decision to reinstate hour-long local newscasts.

Dec 6, 2006 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC on the regulatory framework for over-the-air television [CRTC 2006 – 5]

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.

Dec 5, 2006 — News Article

CBC chief proposes hybrid approach for Canadian HD transition

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.

Dec 5, 2006 — News Article

The silent treatment

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.

Dec 2, 2006 — News Article

How the CRTC killed Canadian drama by Sonja Smits

Gemini Award winner says that by loosening the definition of priority programming in 1999, the CRTC ended the glory days of quality Canadian TV.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

Comments on CBC TV Proposal to Shut Down Off-Air Transmitters

Canadian Media Research Inc. comments filed with the CRTC regarding the CBC's proposal to close down its over the air television transmitters.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

CBC announces renewed focus on local TV news by Guy Dixon

CBC senior managers have announced a return to local and regional news in the coming months, with Vancouver as the test city.

Dec 1, 2006 — News Article

Romance tops CBC axing by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

Slapping fee on conventional TV a 'trash idea,' Rogers tells CRTC by Paul Vieira

Ted Rogers, chief executive of Rogers Communications, tells the CRTC it is not its job to boost the profit margins of private-sector broadcasters.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV kills Canada Now

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.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC to restore one-hour local news shows, cancel Canada Now

CBC TV plans to return to one-hour regional newscasts and establish "civic journalism," where citizens can upload video or images of news events.

Nov 30, 2006 — News Release

CBC local plan overdue - but will it die on the vine?

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.

Nov 29, 2006 — News Article

Kamloops a test case for CBC, union argues by Mike Youds

The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.

Nov 29, 2006 — News Article

Networks split over best way to boost ads by Grant Robertson

CTV and Quebecor want the limit of 12 commercial minutes per hour lifted, while Corus and the CBC oppose the idea.

Nov 28, 2006 — News Article

BBC's surprising 'mess': Grade quits, will head ITV by Mimi Turner

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.

Nov 27, 2006 — News Article

Cable bills up, CanCon down? by Jim Bawden

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.

Nov 27, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasters push CRTC for viewer fees by Barbara Shecter

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.

Nov 27, 2006 — Blog Post

Supporter response to CBC President editorial

Citizen joins FRIENDS in response to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch's editorial in the National Post "A CBC contract with Canadians."

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

Kamloops City Council want to Save our CBC

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.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

CBC joins push for carriage fee by Michael Posner

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.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

TV battle may change sports picture by William Houston

Article previews upcoming battles for National Hockey League and Canadian Football League television deals.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

Analysis: Why Stursberg's days at the CBC may be numbered by Murray Whyte

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.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

Full interview with Richard Stursberg

CBC's executive vice-president of English TV talks about budget shortfalls, locking out workers, 'The One', staff defections and more.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasting row heats up by Barbara Shecter

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.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

A CBC contract with Canadians by Robert Rabinovitch

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.

Nov 23, 2006 — News Article

Networks' fee demand gets airtime by Barbara Shecter

Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.

Nov 22, 2006 — News Article

Heritage committee launches review of CBC

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.

Nov 22, 2006 — News Article

House committee moves to launch review of CBC by Guy Dixon

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.

Nov 21, 2006 — News Release

Prime Minister should be first to testify about CBC

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.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Minutes of Proceedings from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the Heritage Committee motion by NDP MP Charlie Angus to undertake a CBC mandate review.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Falling auds a part of CBC original plan by Tamsen Tillson

CBC television executives say that it will take time to turn around the public broadcaster, and they're staying the course.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Heritage Minister talks with friends in Toronto by Avil Beckford

Bev Oda speaks publicly about media convergence, the digital age, Canadian content, the future role of the CRTC and the fate of the CBC.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Ex-Canadian Prime Ministers Again Judging Reality TV Show, With a Bit Less Power by Ian Austen

Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Joe Clark have agreed to appear as judges on a new CBC "factual entertainment" program.

Nov 17, 2006 — News Article

B.C. regional director of CBC-TV exits by Guy Dixon

In another change in CBC Television's senior management, the regional director for CBC-TV in British Columbia, Rae Hull, is leaving.

Nov 17, 2006 — News Article

Future is digital, says ABC TV chief

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.

Nov 15, 2006 — News Article

Dragon's Den a ratings winner for CBC

CBC-TV series 'Dragons' Den' has seen a ratings increase of 250% since the show premiered in October.

Nov 14, 2006 — News Article

Announcement for 2006 Spry Memorial Lecture

Cultural journalist, policy analyst and editor, Patricia Aufderheide speaks on themes related to public broadcasting within the academic community.

Nov 10, 2006 — News Article

'Rick Mercer Report' performs ratings heroics for CBC-TV by Lee-Anne Goodman

'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.

Nov 9, 2006 — News Article

Federal government starving CBC of funds, top executive warns by Ron Ryder

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.

Nov 8, 2006 — News Article

CBC exec frustrated Canadians prefer U.S. TV over their own

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."

Nov 7, 2006 — News Article

Speech by Richard Stursberg at the Economic Club of Toronto

The Executive Vice-President, CBC Television says the broadcaster's central challenge is to make more Canadian programming that more Canadians want to watch.

Nov 4, 2006 — News Article

Stursberg says CBC ratings not 'disastrous' by Guy Dixon

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.

Nov 3, 2006 — News Article

The role of public service broadcasters in a vibrant and pluralist digital media landscape by Viviane Reding

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.

Nov 2, 2006 — News Article

CBC 70th anniversary: Statement in the House of Commons by Charlie Angus, MP Timmins-James Bay

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.

Nov 1, 2006 — News Article

Radio Canada International Schedules and Frequencies

New schedules for the 2006 broadcast season (29 October 2005 to 25 March 2007) have been posted on the Radio Canada International website.

Nov 1, 2006 — News Article

Can Lit comes to small screen by Martin Knelman

New project launched to help bring movies and miniseries based on prestigious novels by famous Canadian authors to the small screen.

Oct 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC in ratings tailspin by Mark Dillon

Article suggests Canadians are not finding relevance in CBC's new fall shows.

Oct 26, 2006 — News Article

Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars by Frank D. Roylance

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.

Oct 20, 2006 — News Article

CBC job a perpetual hotseat by Rob Brodie

Columnist says few positions in Canadian sports TV face more scrutiny than the executive director of CBC Sports.

Oct 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC takes another stab at reality TV by Andrea Baillie

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.

Oct 18, 2006 — News Article

Canadians losing touch with culture, Tennant claims by Susan Zielinski

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.

Oct 18, 2006 — News Article

Lee leaves CBC Sports for Olympic TV post by William Houston

The resignation of CBC's head of Sports immediately raised questions about the future of NHL hockey at the network.

Oct 17, 2006 — News Article

Broadcaster's curiosity made him a CBC icon by Charles Enman, CanWest News Service

Radio actor, playwright, mathematician, birder, musicologist, producer and program host Lister Sinclair passed away yesterday in a Toronto hospital at the age of 85.

Oct 17, 2006 — News Article

New ABC boss vows no more bias by Amanda Meade and Imre Salusinzky

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.

Oct 16, 2006 — News Article

20 people, events, trends and things that made a difference by Marcus Robinson, Mark Dillon & Etan Vlessing

Corner Gas, the Aspers and CBC's troubles mark the past 20 years in film and television in Canada.

Oct 16, 2006 — News Article

CRTC preps for TV review by Norma Reveler

CanWest Global Communications, CHUM, CTV and CBC want to charge cable companies a fee for carrying their signals.

Oct 7, 2006 — News Article

TSN takes Round 1 in ratings war with Hockey Night in Canada by William Houston

TSN pulled in 1.334 million viewers for its National Hockey League opener compared with 1.229 million viewers for CBC.

Oct 5, 2006 — News Article

A CBC without hockey? Don't go there by John Doyle

Columnist says that CBC's needs to keep NHL hockey and better promote its other Canadian programming or else viewership will continue to diminish.

Oct 4, 2006 — News Article

New CBC hire points to boost in local TV news by Guy Dixon

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.

Oct 3, 2006 — News Article

Next steps for CBC News

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.

Oct 2, 2006 — News Article

BBC sees double with U.S. assault by Steve Brennan

Britain's BBC wants 100 million American viewers for its television programming.

Oct 2, 2006 — News Article

Is PBC Selling Out Online? by Alex Beam

"Commercial free" public television is placing Disney and Google ads on its Web pages.

Oct 2, 2006 — News Article

Oh say can't you see Canadian TV?

Only one Canadian-made show in the top 30 most-watched in Canada for the week Sept 18-24.

Oct 2, 2006 — News Article

Fournier Fouls Out by Shanda Deziel

FRIENDS comments on the tenure of former CBC Board Chair, Guy Fournier.

Sep 29, 2006 — News Article

CBC wants mandate review every 10 years by Guy Dixon

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.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

CBC and the Future of Television

CBC/Radio-Canada proposes that the CRTC establish conventional broadcaster eligibility for cable and satellite subscription revenues.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

Heritage committee grills CBC bosses on reality TV, hockey

The House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage questioned senior CBC managers about programming decisions and rumours the network could lose hockey.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

No sex, bug-eating on CBC: Rabinovitch by Mike De Souza

Appearing before the House of Commons heritage committee, CBC president and acting chairman Robert Rabinovitch was grilled over a series of summer controversies.

Sep 27, 2006 — News Article

Transcript from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

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.

Sep 27, 2006 — News Article

CBC ratings a black hole by Jim Bawden

Columnist says that low ratings are causing fear and consternation to stalk CBC's corridors of power these days.

Sep 27, 2006 — News Article

'We will take the time. We will go deep' by Michael Posner

Ontario's public broadcaster's new strategic agenda aims to make citizens better informed and will make use of new technologies.

Sep 27, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC regarding the regulatory framework for over-the-air television

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.

Sep 26, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Broadcasting Corpse? by Vanessa Milne

FRIENDS says the CBC is reaching a tipping point; present circumstances could result in public investment to reduce its dependance on ad revenues.

Sep 25, 2006 — News Article

Remarks Cost the Canadian Broadcast Chairman His Job by Ian Austen

Former CBC chair tells Heritage Minister that he resigned because he had lost the confidence of Canada's new government.

Sep 25, 2006 — News Article

Is it worth the money?

Editorial says that the CBC is a bureaucratic mess and questions whether taxpayers are getting value for money.

Sep 25, 2006 — News Article

How to save CBC by Tony Manera

Former CBC president says the current turmoil at CBC represents an opportunity to return the broadcaster to its place as a national treasure.

Sep 23, 2006 — News Article

The lessons I learned at CBC by Robert Fulford

Columnist says that the CBC corporate culture has cultivated a consistency of opinions and a uniformity of views.

Sep 21, 2006 — News Article

Une des deux décisions difficiles à prendre à Ottawa, Brigitte McCann et Dany Bouchard

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.

Sep 21, 2006 — News Article

Your Tube: With a new season on the horizon, can the CBC stop dithering and make good TV? by Joshua Ostroff

Columnist says the CBC should stop focusing for ratings and instead produce diverse shows that appeal to many different demographics.

Sep 21, 2006 — News Article

CBC chair speculation begins as Fournier "flushed himself" by Glenn Wanamaker

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.

Sep 21, 2006 — News Article

CBC head's exit seen as gift for Conservatives: Fournier fallout by Julie Smyth

The Conservatives can now replace Guy Fournier with a CBC Board Chair more in-line with the government's priorities.

Sep 21, 2006 — News Article

Fournier's exit gives Rabinovitch too much power at CBC: watchdog by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says the resignation of the chairman of the CBC board of directors could shift too much power to president, Robert Rabinovitch.

Sep 20, 2006 — News Article

CBC chairman calls it quits by Elizabeth Thompson

FRIENDS says that a Conservative government running low in the polls would not want to weaken the CBC with board chair appointment.

Sep 20, 2006 — News Article

CBC chair quits over furor by Murray Whyte

FRIENDS says it is a dangerous situation to have the lame-duck CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, fill the board position he answers to.

Sep 20, 2006 — News Article

One less embarrassment at Fort Dork - by John Doyle

CBC Chair's comments another embarrassment for Canada's public broadcaster.

Sep 20, 2006 — News Article

'Green space' on the airwaves by Bill Roberts

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.

Sep 19, 2006 — News Article

Controversial CBC chair in trouble over Lebanese comment by Rhéal Séguin

Guy Fournier, chairman of the board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, faces criticism after comments in a supermarket gossip magazine.

Sep 19, 2006 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS statement to the House of Commons - Standing Committee on Finance

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.

Sep 18, 2006 — News Article

CBC bets on Haddock's Intelligence by Marise Strauss

Producer of the cancelled Da Vinci's City Hall back on CBC with a new series; says Canadians want an alternative to American TV.

Sep 18, 2006 — News Article

English Canada says 'Non' to Lévesque by Marise Strauss

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.

Sep 16, 2006 — News Article

CBC responds by Jeff Keay

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.

Sep 11, 2006 — News Article

Leaders weirdly silent on sweeping broadcast treaty by Michael Geist

Canadian delegation has remained silent during deliberations on a wide-sweeping international broadcast treaty that will have significant consequences for Canadians.

Sep 11, 2006 — News Article

Ads on TVO supported by James Wallace

Poll shows that 68 per cent of Ontario voters favour letting TVOntario sell advertising to help it pay for programming.

Sep 11, 2006 — News Article

The public enemy: The CBC doesn't serve Canadians. It hurts them by Kevin Libin

Columnist says there isn't a thing that's "public" about Canada's public broadcaster except that we all pay for it.

Sep 9, 2006 — News Article

Long and Short of it: CBC Offers Lee Support by Bruce Kirkland

'Shortbus' the sexually explicit movie starring actress, musician and CBC broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee opens in Toronto.

Sep 9, 2006 — News Article

First head of Newsworld: CBC's Joan Donaldson

Joan Donaldson, the first head of CBC Newsworld, died Thursday night in Victoria, B.C. at the age of 60.

Sep 7, 2006 — Blog Post

Rabinovitch Performance Up-date (2004/06) A Failing Grade

CBC President Rabinovitch gets a failing grade in a performance review of senior CBC management done for Friends Steering Committee.

Sep 7, 2006 — News Article

Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

CBC President reports to staff on early September Board of Directors meeting.

Sep 6, 2006 — News Article

Networks unveil some Canadian fall TV fare

CBC chases the youth market; CTV has no new Canadian shows but 10 TV movies; Global continues with a mostly American lineup.

Sep 5, 2006 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Consultation Brief to the Finance Committee

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.

Sep 4, 2006 — News Article

CBC show gets Lévesque right by Graham Fraser

CBC TV bio-pic avoids over-simplification and shows René Lévesque in all his contradictions.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Ian Morrison Interview by Cyril Doll

Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Unplugged: The CBC 'won't look much like it does today' when this government's done with it by Cyril Doll

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.

Aug 30, 2006 — News Article

Cancelled CBC series leads Gemini field by Alex Strachan

This is Wonderland earns 12 nominations for the 21st Annual Gemini Awards.

Aug 29, 2006 — News Article

Educational future in view for TVOntario by James Wallace

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.

Aug 29, 2006 — News Article

CBC building to get plaza, community space by Brian Morton

CBC officials say a full-scale renovation will result in an integration of studios and resources, but will not produce staff reductions.

Aug 25, 2006 — News Article

How—and what—we value - Growing up with the CBC by Erika Shaker

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.

Aug 24, 2006 — News Article

Overheated prose by John Bozzo

CBC's executive director, English Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada says that TV ratings are an important part of the CBC mandate.

Aug 19, 2006 — News Article

Will dragons be the one for CBC? by Liam Lacey

CBC-TV's latest ratings hope is a new business related reality show from Japan - Dragon's Den.

Aug 19, 2006 — News Article

Slip-slidin' away by Andrew Ryan

Columnist says that the loss of NHL Hockey on CBC-TV could mean the beginning of the end for Canada's public broadcaster.

Aug 18, 2006 — News Article

CBC realizes a real-estate reality by John Bermingham

Proceeds of parking-lot sale to fund a new Vancouver Production Centre for CBC's 550 employees.

Aug 18, 2006 — News Article

TVOntario veteran Grant finds a new home at CBC by Guy Dixon

Broadcasting veteran and former TVOntario executive producer Doug Grant has been named director of current affairs and weekly programs for CBC-TV and Newsworld.

Aug 16, 2006 — News Article

CBC puts off "The One"

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.

Aug 15, 2006 — News Article

CBC executive rules out over-the-air broadcasts by Mike Youds

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.

Aug 15, 2006 — News Article

Blogging in the belly of the beast Guy Dixon

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.

Aug 12, 2006 — News Article

Too early for decision on NHL rights by William Houston

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.

Aug 11, 2006 — News Article

CBC out in the cold? by William Houston

Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and TSN, may bid $1.4-billion for 10 years of Hockey Night in Canada.

Aug 10, 2006 — News Article

Good journalism must be focus of our broadcasters by Knowlton Nash

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.

Aug 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC fans push case for CRTC review by Mike Youds

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.

Aug 4, 2006 — News Article

Blame for The One belongs to two on top by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist says that the people to blame for 'The One' failure are CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg and CBC president Robert Rabinovitch.

Aug 2, 2006 — News Article

The One Not the One

Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that the CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, and not importing American commercial programming.

Aug 2, 2006 — News Article

One for the road by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist refutes claims that ratings for 'The One' were 'actually half decent' in a blog posting.

Aug 1, 2006 — News Article

CBC audience numbers

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.

Aug 1, 2006 — News Article

If you blinked and missed The One, no loss by Andrew Ryan

CBC to fill the hole left in their TV schedule by a cancelled 'The One' with more foreign programming.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

Kate Taylor on the future of the CBC

Online discussion with Globe and Mail columnist on the recent decisions and future directions of Canada's public broadcaster.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

"The One" is big zero in two countries by Vanessa Yara

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.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

'The One' great humiliation by Jamie Portman

The American reality series garnered the smallest audience ever for a premiere among the original three U.S. networks.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

The reality: We're sick of talent searches by Andrew Ryan

The cancellation of 'The One' may be evidence that viewers have reached the saturation point for reality talent shows.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

Failed 'One' part of larger plan by Alexandra Gill

The idea: George Stroumboulopoulos and 'The One' was supposed to give CBC's national news a ratings boost.

Jul 30, 2006 — News Article

Want reality TV? Watch The National by Richard Rolke

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.

Jul 29, 2006 — News Article

Reality TV 'fiasco' befalls CBC by Bruce DeMara

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.

Jul 29, 2006 — News Article

A short, not-so-sweet run for CBC and The One by Tony Lofaro

FRIENDS calls CBC's experiment to simulcast an American TV show and bump The National from its regular time slot a fiasco.

Jul 29, 2006 — News Article

The One is off the air Gayle MacDonald and Alexandra Shimo

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.

Jul 29, 2006 — News Article

And now, no word from our sponsors by Kate Taylor

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.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

Canadian version of The One still possible: CBC executive

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.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

CBC's Strombo no longer The One

FRIENDS says that senior CBC leadership has egg on its face after making the indefensible decision to broadcast The One.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

PBS president says new FCC tactics are obscene by David Kronke

PBS member station issued large indecency fine after single viewer complaint.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

CHUM-CTV merger will impact TV policy review

FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

The One no more by Terry Weber

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.

Jul 27, 2006 — News Article

Big Fish in BGM, CHUM boardrooms may swamp Global's Shark tale by Susan Tolusso

Bell Globemedia's increased buying power and bigwig attitude alter the dynamic of Canada's TV launch season.

Jul 27, 2006 — News Article

CBC sticks by The One despite dismal ratings

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.

Jul 27, 2006 — News Article

Those reality showoffs

CBC staffer calls the police to demand that those goldarned CTV whippersnappers across the street keep that dangblasted noise down.

Jul 26, 2006 — News Article

Too much noise, says CBC of Canadian Idol jollity by Gayle MacDonald

CBC Toronto staffer calls in noise complaint for Canadian Idol festivities across the street from the public broadcaster's headquarters.

Jul 25, 2006 — News Article

For some, loss of CBC also means loss of unbiased news by David Charbonneau

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.

Jul 24, 2006 — Blog Post

Bumping of The National by an American reality show - response from CBC staff and board members

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.

Jul 24, 2006 — News Article

Commentary: CBC needs ad revenues by Richard Stursberg

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.

Jul 24, 2006 — News Article

BBC: Step Right into The Telly by Kerry Capell

With control shifting from the media to the audience, the BBC wants to turn its audiences into participants.

Jul 23, 2006 — News Article

The One that wasn't for Mother Corp by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says that it is unlikely that CBC executives will own up to the decision to run The One: Making a Music Star.

Jul 22, 2006 — News Article

CBC Radio lost listeners as a result of last year's lockout, StatsCan survey suggests

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.

Jul 22, 2006 — News Article

CBC responds by Kirstine Layfield

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.

Jul 22, 2006 — News Article

Maybe The One isn't the one

Lacklustre ratings for the debut of the American reality show that bumped The National are not impressive.

Jul 21, 2006 — News Article

Radio listening, fall 2005

Report states that the lockout ordered by CBC management last August cost Canada's public broadcaster a large share of its listening audience.

Jul 21, 2006 — News Article

The Turkey

Editorial calls the ratings for CBC's The One - barely more than half the audience of the delayed The National - a catastrophic result.

Jul 20, 2006 — News Article

BBC plan stresses digital prod'n by Mimi Turner

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.

Jul 20, 2006 — News Article

The One makes dismal debut on CBC-TV

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.

Jul 20, 2006 — News Article

Let social activists pay for the CBC by William Watson

Columnist asks why the public should be subsidizing CBC Radio when it often amounts to social activist radio?

Jul 20, 2006 — News Article

CBC sees 'potential' in The One's weak debut by J. Kelly Nestruck

Ratings low for first CBC simulcast of American reality television show.

Jul 19, 2006 — News Article

One is the loneliest number

Columnist compiles the spin from CTV, Global and CBC on the dismal debut ratings of The One: Making a Music Star.

Jul 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC treating Kamloops like a backwater by Hugh Jordan

Kamloops CBC viewer sees the decision to cease television transmission as a precedent the CBC will follow to save money in other smaller markets.

Jul 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins

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.

Jul 18, 2006 — News Article

The One and only

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.

Jul 18, 2006 — News Article

Tattooed CBC news host takes a run at reality TV by Alex Strachan

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.

Jul 18, 2006 — News Article

One more bump for The National by Guy Dixon

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.

Jul 18, 2006 — News Article

CBC set for new reality TV debut with The One

Despite criticism, CBC commences simulcast of U.S. reality television show, displacing The National on Tuesday nights east of Manitoba.

Jul 16, 2006 — News Article

If CTV wants hockey, they'll get it by Chris Zelkovich

CTV-TSN-Rogers consortium that stole the 2010 and 2012 Olympics from CBC may also be able to get NHL Hockey.

Jul 16, 2006 — News Article

Death knell sounding for CBC Sports, or is it?

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.

Jul 15, 2006 — News Article

Meeting postpones possible BBC strike by Mimi Turner

Possible strike action at the BBC has been postponed for a week after a meeting led to new concessions.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

CBC clears the air over missed signal by Francine Letourneau

CBC Television Chief of staff responds to letter by a resident regarding the inability to receive CBC Television programming over antennae in Kamloops.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

Four BBC unions warn of potential strike action

BBC staff set to vote on strike action after revelations that senior managers have been given large pay rises.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

Stroumboulopoulos To Host ABC's The One by Guy Dixon

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.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

CBC's latest move fails to quell Tommy storm by Val Ross

Neither side welcomes a new disclaimer on the Prairie Giant miniseries; for some, the issue is becoming a debate over the CBC's independence.

Jul 10, 2006 — News Article

Should CBC drop ads and sports? by Matthew Hays

FRIENDS calls the ideas in a Senate committee report freeing the CBC from the ratings race "radical and impressive".

Jul 10, 2006 — News Article

Time to rethink CBC as public broadcaster by Michael Geist

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.

Jul 7, 2006 — News Article

Making it good: An idea whose time has come

Editorial suggests that excellence at the CBC, while currently seeming unachievable, is what should be strived for.

Jul 7, 2006 — News Article

Not for prime time by Kirstine Layfield

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.

Jul 6, 2006 — News Article

CBC provides history programs by Kirstine Layfield

CBC's Executive Director, Network Programming says CBC is the only network to which people can turn for Canadian history programming.

Jul 6, 2006 — News Article

A modest proposal from a CBC host by Jesse Brown

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.

Jul 6, 2006 — News Article

Heritage Minister cancels review of CBC mandate on PM's order by Mike De Souza

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.

Jul 5, 2006 — Blog Post

Former Liberal cabinet minister supports a CBC mandate review

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.

Jul 4, 2006 — News Article

No end in sight for CBC's Tommy troubles by Val Ross

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.

Jul 4, 2006 — News Article

CBC dumps Halifax drama in dead zone by Andrew Ryan

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.

Jul 1, 2006 — Blog Post

Bumping of The National by an American reality show - Friends' supporter response

A Friends' supporter refutes the form response by a CBC board member regarding the pre-emption of The National by an American reality show.

Jul 1, 2006 — News Article

More watching foreign shows on CBC by Simon Tuck

CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Release

Viewing of Foreign Shows on CBC-TV hits new high

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.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

ABC cans Alan Jones biography after threat to sue by Tracy Ong

Australian Broadcasting Corporation shelves an unauthorised biography of the country's most influential radio broadcaster after threat of litigation.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

De plus en plus de contenu étranger, Brigitte Mccann

The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC 'committed' to Canadian shows by Etan Vlessing

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.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

Revamped TVO may have ads by Robert Benzie and Steve Rennie

The Ontario government is modernizing and revamping TVOntario, but the spectre of advertising now looms over the province's public broadcaster.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

TVOntario drops axe on Studio 2 by Karen Howlett

Ontario's public broadcaster undergoes sweeping overhaul fuelled by $25-million injection.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Release

CBC-TV heading backwards on Cancon

FRIENDS says that a mandate review is needed to put CBC back on track

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Poll suggests Canadians watch CTV and CBC national news in equal numbers

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.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Final Report on the Canadian News Media

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.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Liberals plan big overhaul of TVOntario by Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson

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.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Writer defends yanked CBC film

The writer of the Tommy Douglas TV movie is defending his script against criticism that led the CBC to pull the miniseries from rebroadcast.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

TVO to get $25-million makeover by Karen Howlett

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.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Ontario Liberals deny role in cancelling TVO news show

Opposition suggests the Liberals wanted TVOntario's flagship news show, Studio 2, cancelled because it was often critical of the government.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

TVO and TFO Mobilize for Digital Future

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.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Bev Oda: Will this woman save the CBC? by John Geddes

Heritage Minister express skepticism about the CBC trying to follow the lead of profit-seeking networks.

Jun 27, 2006 — News Release

This is a test

Jun 27, 2006 — News Article

The CBC is trying to find its way - just like everyone else in this nutty business by Greg O'Brien

Editorial says that the CBC should experiment with TV programming in attempt to draw new audiences to the network.

Jun 27, 2006 — News Article

Médias - Sénateurs studieux, Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Senate Committee report's conclusions on media concentration in Canada and the CBC.

Jun 27, 2006 — News Article

CBC needs to find its way

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.

Jun 26, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Globe & Mail re: CBC's mandate review

FRIENDS responds to a letter by CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa abandonne son projet d'ordonner un examen du mandat de Radio-Canada, Sylvain Larocque

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.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

Tommy Douglas miniseries pulled by CBC without consulting screenwriter

The Writers Guild of Canada asks CBC to issue apology after the miniseries circulation and DVD sales were halted.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

CBC Should Cut Back and Refocus by Licia Corbella

Editorial says the CBC should become commercial-free, but its public funding should remain static.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

CBC Television continues to be a national conundrum by Geoffrey Stevens

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.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

Time to review CBC's mandate

Editorial says CBC must be distinctive, focused on Canadian stories, drama, humour, current events but it cannot be all things to all people.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

Rank your priorities, CBC, and hold the centre by William Thorsell

CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum says that given declining operating resources, the CBC should change its mandate to meet its top priorities.

Jun 25, 2006 — News Article

Senate meddles with media, but someone's got to do it by Charles Gordon

Senate report helps the public understand the news media better and media people better understand themselves.

Jun 25, 2006 — News Article

The comedy never stops on CBC television by Randall Denley

Columnist says CBC television should be limited to news programming.

Jun 24, 2006 — News Article

Turn the CBC into a pay channel by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that CBC's best hope of survival might lie turning the network into a pay channel, like HBO or Bravo.

Jun 24, 2006 — News Article

CBC's job is to show us ourselves by Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan

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.

Jun 24, 2006 — News Article

Simple solution: CBC must stop chasing ratings by Jeffrey Simpson

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.

Jun 23, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Globe & Mail re: CBC's Canadian content

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.

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

Eye on the future by Richard Stursberg

Executive vice-president of CBC English television comments on decision to pre-empt The National newscast with American reality television show.

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

Nash slams CBC for its decision on reality show by Phinjo Gombu

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"

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

National Idle by L. Ian MacDonald

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?

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

Power play over CBC's hockey rights

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

About time, people! by Bill Brioux

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

CBC can't tell the difference between reality and fiction by George Stephenson

FRIENDS notes that CBC President Robert Rabinovitch told the Commons Heritage Committee just nine months ago that CBC doesn't do reality programming.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Review media mergers, Senate group urges Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

The Senate's standing committee on transport and communications suggests setting media market share threshold at 35%.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Shame on the CBC

Editorial says executives at the CBC should be ashamed of themselves for bumping their main newscast for a tarted-up American singing contest.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

NDP Says Reality TV Decision Reflects Deep Problems at CBC

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says CBC television appears to be a rudderless ship without a sense of its important mandate.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Wither the CBC? by Joe Boughner

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Kudos for Knowlton Nash by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Canada's public broadcaster lost in the wilderness by Don Martin

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

The National bumped by American reality show by Katie Rook

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV should stop showing pro sports, Senate report says

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

Knowlton Nash - Lifetime Achievement by James Adams

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.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

And now, not the news

Editorial states that recent CBC Television programming decisions are alienating those who support its existence as a publicly funded broadcaster.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

CBC execs try damage control Gayle MacDonald and Simon Tuck

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.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Release

CBC mandate lost in rush for ads and eyeballs

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.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

Tighter media ownership rules urged by Grant Robertson and Simon Tuck

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.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

CBC should be ad free: report by Grant Robertson

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.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

CBC's Bumping Of The National 'Shocking Sell-Out': Performers

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.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

CBC's 'The National' bumped by reality by Vinay Menon

FRIENDS and Peter Mansbridge comment on 'The National' on being bumped by a U.S. reality show.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

TVO overhaul to be 'positive' minister says by Robert Benzie

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.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Content on CBC in Prime Time by quarter, 2004-2006

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.

Jun 20, 2006 — News Release

CBC bumps The National for US reality TV Show

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.

Jun 20, 2006 — News Article

Ad-free CBC-TV proposed by Joan Bryden

A Senate report on the state of Canada's media will recommend that CBC-TV become a truly public, commercial-free broadcaster.

Jun 20, 2006 — News Article

U.S. reality show will bump The National on Tuesdays in Ontario, Quebec by Anne-Marie Tobin

FRIENDS says CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, not importing American commercial programming.

Jun 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins

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.

Jun 17, 2006 — News Article

Znaimer is spreading Rumours by Patricia Bailey

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.

Jun 17, 2006 — News Article

A disservice to CBC by Richard Stursberg

The executive vice-president, CBC English Television cites the eroding funding environment as reason for focus on new reality based programming.

Jun 16, 2006 — News Article

CBC's reality

Editorial comments on CBC using public funds to create reality-programming based on a U.S. show.

Jun 15, 2006 — News Article

CBC aims to attract the young by Gayle MacDonald and Guy Dixon

CBC's fall schedule is padded with reality shows, longer-running dramas and documentary series.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

Panel proposes cuts in PBS funding by Brooks Boliek

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.

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

NDP Declares Victory in CBC Design Team Layoff Delay

CBC management is delaying layoffs to in-house production staff at CBC Toronto until May 31, 2007.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Ads renders 'public' broadcaster lifeless by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

CBC License Renewal Delayed by Broadcast Review

CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal delayed after Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda's announcement of a six-month review of new television technologies.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Update from the Banff World Television Festival

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.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Canada set to shore up protection for b'casters by Etan Vlessing

CRTC study to help the government set its broadcasting policy for the 21st century.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Release

Conservative hidden agenda for CBC

FRIENDS issues statement following the failure of Heritage Minister Bev Oda to announce a mandate review of CBC.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Article

Feds ask CRTC to assess impact of changing technology on broadcasting by Judy Monchuk

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.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Article

BBC's global future is on the Internet: corporation's chief

BBC director-general Mark Thompson insists that the Internet can turn the public broadcaster into a truly global media brand.

Jun 10, 2006 — News Article

TV networks hope review brings ad relief by Barbara Shecter

The Federal government and the CRTC are expected to release details of a policy review that could reshape television rules.

Jun 9, 2006 — News Article

Green Paper Released On The Future Of Canadian Television

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.

Jun 9, 2006 — News Article

Oda may save CBC from itself by John Ivison

Reform of the CBC likely to be the Conservative government's first step in a more sweeping overhaul of the broadcasting industry.

Jun 8, 2006 — News Article

Pubcasters Gird for Hill Fight as Appropriators Slash $115 Million by Dinesh Kumar

U.S. House of Representatives votes to cut $115 million in federal support from public broadcasters; may spark grass-roots campaign to restore funds.

Jun 8, 2006 — News Article

Actuarial defence by Johanne Charbonneau

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.

Jun 7, 2006 — News Article

CBC TV doesn't need more taxpayer support

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.

Jun 7, 2006 — News Article

A nimble CBC by Bill Roberts

President and CEO of VisionTV states that the CBC needs to claw back staff costs and reduce bureaucracy.

Jun 6, 2006 — News Article

CBC needs less hockey, more news, arts: report

According to a study published by the Public Policy Forum, CBC Television should run more news, arts and culture, less sports and fewer commercials.

Jun 6, 2006 — News Article

Williams departure leaves void at CBC by Allan Maki

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.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

Whither the CBC? by William Neville

A discussion paper on the future of public broadcasting in Canada by a former member of the CBC board of directors.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

Pubcaster pledges primetime makeover by Brendan Kelly

CBC executive says the broadcaster will put more emphasis on high-profile television series rather than specials and mini-series.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

CBC.ca celebrates first decade with an overhaul

Following a survey of more than 5,000 audience members, CBC.ca gets a major re-design.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

CBC should be a real public broadcaster by William Neville

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.

Jun 3, 2006 — News Article

Send in the clowns by Robert Fulford

Columnist argues that the new "perky" attitude at CBC Radio is eroding its ability to deliver serious journalism.

Jun 2, 2006 — News Article

NHL, NBC won't be sharing CBC's joy

With the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final the CBC is expecting a ratings windfall.

Jun 2, 2006 — News Article

New artists top the charts on CBC podcasts by Sandra Sperounes

While the Canadian Association of Broadcasters wants CanCon requirements lowered, CBC Radio 3 finds success playing emerging Canadian artists almost exclusively.

Jun 2, 2006 — News Article

CBC fans lobby for broadcast service by Mike Youds

Citizens in Kamloops BC lobby the CBC President and the CRTC for access to CBC television over public airwaves.

Jun 1, 2006 — News Article

Radio host's program crosses every border: Grant Lawrence's CBC Radio 3 Podcast celebrates two million downloads by Lynn Mitges

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.

Jun 1, 2006 — News Article

CBC chair sparks storm with use of the U word by Konrad Yakabuski

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.

May 31, 2006 — News Article

CBC boss wants more homegrown shows by John McKay

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.

May 28, 2006 — Speech

Public service broadcasting essentials: Editorial independence and Public accountability – an uneasy relationship?

Remarks by Ian Morrison, FRIENDS' spokesperson to the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development/UNESCO international seminar on editorial independence and public accountability - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

May 24, 2006 — News Article

CBC wins tiff with TSN over games: Only one at a time by Barbara Shecter

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.

May 23, 2006 — News Article

Stompin' Tom tells CBC to 'shove it'

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.

May 19, 2006 — News Article

Oda urged to halt CBC gradual wind-down

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.

May 19, 2006 — News Article

Transcript of Exchange concerning terms of CBC Mandate Review

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.

May 18, 2006 — News Article

Sally Catto named creative head of drama for CBC Television by Fred Fuchs Executive Director CBC Television Arts & Entertainment

Note to CBC Staff announcing the new Creative Head of Television Drama - a former Executive in Charge of Production for Drama at CBC Television.

May 18, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV's drama chief stepping down by Guy Dixon

Turnover in CBC senior management continues with the resignation of the creative head of television drama.

May 17, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV's new number chase by Alexandra Gill

Newly-appointed CBC programming executives are conducting a 10-city tour in search of proposals from independent producers for "hit" television series.

May 16, 2006 — News Article

CBC Television gets makeover by Heather Sawers

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.

May 12, 2006 — News Article

Good results for CTV

Reports show that CTV News is watched by four times more Maritimers than CBC's newscast.

May 11, 2006 — News Article

Transcript of Exchange on Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC

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.

May 11, 2006 — News Article

CBC buys Documentary Channel

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.

May 11, 2006 — News Article

Corus Entertainment divests its interest in The Documentary Channel

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.

May 11, 2006 — News Article

CBC should be queried on NHL telecasts by Pat Hickey

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.

May 11, 2006 — News Article

Reality TV on the CBC? by Bill Rankin

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.

May 9, 2006 — News Article

24/7 vision: Thompson sells plan for new BBC by Mimi Turner

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.

May 9, 2006 — News Article

Transcript of Exchange on Arts and Culture

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.

May 8, 2006 — News Article

Great Reputations by Sarah Dobson

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.

May 6, 2006 — News Article

CBC to cut cutting-edge, late-night ZeD TV by Guy Dixon

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.

May 5, 2006 — News Article

In-house TV production suffers another blow at CBC

CBC union disappointed in decision by CBC to cancel the award-winning, innovative late-night program ZeD TV.

May 3, 2006 — News Article

CBC Radio One expands podcast offerings

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.

May 2, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Content on CBC in Prime Time, 2003-2006

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.

Apr 28, 2006 — News Article

Notes for Remarks by Robert Rabinovitch at the National Symposium of the Law Society of Upper Canada

CBC President and CEO talks about changes in the broadcasting industry, the state of Canadian drama and CBC funding.

Apr 28, 2006 — News Article

The federal budget: where will arts and culture be?

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.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Alternative Federal Budget 2006: Moving Forward

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.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Study: BBC fee requests unreasonable by Mimi Turner

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.

Apr 26, 2006 — News Article

BBC chief unveils plan for pubcaster by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson outlines vision to transform TV and radio services and introduce new range of broadband, mobile and interactive content.

Apr 26, 2006 — News Article

CBC looking to lock up NHL contract extension by William Houston

Article reports that CBC Television has approached the National Hockey League about extending its lucrative and long-standing contract past the current 2008 expiration.

Apr 25, 2006 — News Article

Des condos dans la tour de Radio-Canada? par Kathleen Lévesque

CBC considers plan to turn symbolic Radio-Canada tower in Montreal into condominiums.

Apr 24, 2006 — News Article

Le mandat de Radio-Canada: c'est reparti! par Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.

Apr 21, 2006 — News Article

Union reacts to 79 cuts at CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC management says layoffs driven by the need for cost efficiencies; Media Guild says layoffs mean CBC is abandoning television production.

Apr 21, 2006 — News Article

Leaf-less playoffs hit Hockey Night by Chris Cobb

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.

Apr 21, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV Toronto to lay off 79 by John McKay

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.

Apr 21, 2006 — News Article

Radio-Canada est dans la mire des conservateurs par Paul Cauchon et Alec Castonguay

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.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Liberal Critic Demands Conservatives Treat CBC Fairly

Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, urges the Harper government to proceed cautiously with any review of the broadcasting industry.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

CBC lays off 79 workers in Toronto

CBC shuts down Toronto design operations, plans to contract out set design, set decoration, carpentry, paint shop, special effects, hair, costumes and props functions.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Staff Reductions At Toronto Production Centre

79 employees in Design, Studio & Remote Production, Post-Production, and Network Presentation given notice of redundancy at the CBC's Toronto Production Centre.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Without Leafs, CBC scrambling to sell advertising spots by Pat Hickey

Days before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs unsold advertising spots raise concerns of a CBC revenue shortfall.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Starowicz to manage CBC documentaries by Guy Dixon

Veteran CBC producer Mark Starowicz has been appointed executive director of documentary programming for CBC Television, a new senior management position.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Quick action sought on CBC review by Graham Fraser

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.

Apr 19, 2006 — News Article

Mark Starowicz appointed CBC Television's Executive Director, Documentary Programming

CBC announces promotion of "Canada: A People's History" producer Mark Starowicz to senior management.

Apr 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC skeptic given role in review of broadcaster by Mike De Souza

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.

Apr 17, 2006 — News Article

ABC's integrity a matter of balance by Ross Fitzgerald

Australian Public Broadcaster struggles with governance issue as Australian federal government seeks to eliminate a staff-elected position on the Board of Directors.

Apr 17, 2006 — News Article

Drama series most important TV category by Barry Kiefl

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.

Apr 14, 2006 — News Article

TV industry review bumps CBC in CRTC queue by Guy Dixon

CBC management note to staff confirms CBC licence renewal hearing has been deferred.

Apr 13, 2006 — News Article

BBC Trust adds 3 governors by Ray Bennett

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.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Audience Share of Canadian vs. Foreign Programming, 2003-2005

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.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Heritage to direct TV review by Barbara Schecter and Paul Vieira

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.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Hang up by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Apr 10, 2006 — News Article

BBM Releases Survey Results - CBC Rebounds!

CBC claims radio audiences have returned to prior year levels according to BBM data.

Apr 10, 2006 — News Article

Accountability Act to include CBC

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.

Apr 1, 2006 — News Article

Made in Canada by Andrew Ryan

Columnist laments that Canadian broadcasters no longer broadcast Canadian drama series long enough for them to build a loyal audience.

Apr 1, 2006 — News Article

City turns down CBC bid to seek more tenants by Jennifer Lewington

CBC plan to rent out larger portion of Toronto broadcasting centre rejected by municipal committee.

Mar 31, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Heritage: National Priorities

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.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Release

Civil society organizations promote five priorities for new parliament

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.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Article

Social activists put pressure on Tories by John Ward

Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC-TV names new head of arts by Guy Dixon

Ex-Hollywood producer and new executive director of arts and entertainment programming at CBC faces high expectations.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Article

CBC taps American to craft new shows by Murray Whyte

CBC hires American film producer as head of arts and entertainment programming.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

What makes a public – not 'national commercial' – broadcaster by Emma Dawson

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.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

Cash-strapped CBC seeking more tenants by Jennifer Lewington

Move by CBC to lease its downtown Toronto broadcast centre to pay for programming faces opposition.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

TV faces challenges to reach youth: Profits up for 2005 by Barbara Shecter

CRTC publishes 2005 figures on Canadian television revenues and expenditures.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

Focus on U.S. enrages ACTRA by Antonia Zerbisias

ACTRA condemns increase in Canadian private broadcasters' spending on U.S. programming.

Mar 28, 2006 — News Article

CBC reaches agreement with unionized workers in Quebec, Moncton

Labour disruption narrowly avoided as CBC, union representing CBC employees in Quebec and Moncton reach tentative deal on collective agreement.

Mar 19, 2006 — News Article

Money Changes Everything by Jacques Steinberg

Corporate donations credited with saving U.S public radio, allowing it to expand services, leading to significant increase in audience.

Mar 17, 2006 — News Article

CBC: out with the old... by Susan Riley

Columnist proposes strategies to invigorate CBC radio and television for core audiences.

Mar 17, 2006 — News Article

New RCI schedules

RCI posts schedules for March-October 2006 broadcast season.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

Update to CBC Staff on the Board of Directors Meeting by Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO

CBC President reports to staff on aspects of management presentation to Board of Directors.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

New Mandate for the BBC: Put Entertainment First by Sarah Lyall

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.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

FCC socks Eye with $3.6 mil fine by Brooks Boliek

Despite change in leadership, U.S. communications regulator proceeds to issue millions of dollars in fines against broadcasters for indecency complaints; broadcasters plan appeals.

Mar 15, 2006 — News Article

VisionTV group rebrands as S-VOX

VisionTV group of channels adopts new corporate identity.

Mar 15, 2006 — News Article

Jowell wants BBC to create, entertain more by Mimi Turner

UK government's plan for the BBC puts the creation of original entertainment content at the heart of its mission for the next decade.

Mar 15, 2006 — News Article

For Wonderland, logic goes down the rabbit-hole by Andrew Ryan

CBC's recent cancellation of three critically-acclaimed Canadian dramas called the beginning of the end for Canadian drama on English-language television.

Mar 15, 2006 — News Article

What's in the water being drunk by CBC's brain trust? By Bill Brownstein

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.

Mar 14, 2006 — News Article

Entertainment 'key' to BBC future

Public broadcaster BBC told to focus on entertainment programming, but not chase ratings or copy successful programs from other broadcasters.

Mar 14, 2006 — News Article

A White House visit by way of Kandahar by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist argues Canadian media surprisingly uncritical in coverage of new Conservative government.

Mar 13, 2006 — News Article

Parts de marché, TVA et la SRC se rapprochent

Radio Canada is closing in on TVA's audience market share.

Mar 12, 2006 — News Article

More news but less depth in US media: study

Study finds news becoming more repetitive and superficial despite overall increase in quantity.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC Television Programming Plans by Richard Stursberg

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.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

Blitz de négociations à Radio-Canada

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.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC Television Programming Plans

Overview of February 17, 2006 presentation by CBC Executive Vice-President of English Television, Richard Stursberg, to the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC's Rabinovitch to step down late next year by Guy Dixon

CBC President/CEO Robert Rabinovitch confirms he will not seek reappointment when term expires at end of 2007.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC boss worries about the future by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

Rabinovitch says CBC needs to develop more dramatic shows

CBC President admits CBC needs more drama shows, after cancelling three series; praises CBC mandate review mulled by new Heritage Minister prior to election.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

Le syndicat de Radio-Canada refuse de prolonger la conciliation par Émilie Côté

Union representing Radio-Canada employees in Quebec and Moncton concludes conciliator not making a difference in negotiations with management, refuses to continue conciliation process.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

La tension monte à Radio-Canada par Dany Bouchard

Labour negotiations involving employees of Radio-Canada French-language services in Quebec and New Brunswick appear headed for impasse.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC needs 'critical mass' of drama, president says by Victoria Ahearn

CBC President praises idea of CBC mandate review; says CBC drama should be risk-taking, innovative.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

Notes for Remarks by Robert Rabinovitch at the Empire Club of Toronto

Text of speech by CBC President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Rabinovitch, on the future of CBC.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

Your tax dollars at work: a CBC survey by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes request for survey participation, says representative of over-reliance by CBC management on bureaucratic studies and research.

Mar 8, 2006 — News Article

CBC should get new mandate: NDP

NDP Heritage Critic calls for stable funding, end to patronage appointments at CBC.

Mar 8, 2006 — News Article

The NDP’s Four Point Plan for Canadian Broadcast Sovereignty

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.

Mar 6, 2006 — News Article

A calm voice in the culture wars by Simon Houpt

Numerous challenges face the new president of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, Paula Kerger.

Mar 6, 2006 — News Article

Stursberg fires back at critics by Mark Dillon

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.

Mar 6, 2006 — News Article

CBC sets the bar too high by Mark Dillon

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.

Mar 4, 2006 — News Article

Let's produce CBC worth watching by Cam Fortems

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.

Mar 4, 2006 — News Article

CBC's plans beg the question by Kate Taylor

Columnist points out logical fallacy in CBC management plan to improve ratings by airing programming that viewers want to watch.

Mar 1, 2006 — News Article

Radio Canada union talks tough

Union representing Quebec, Moncton Radio Canada employees may seek strike mandate after members reject latest management offer in contract renewal negotiations.

Mar 1, 2006 — News Article

Les négociations piétinent à Radio-Canada by Laura-Julie Perreault

CBC heading towards sixth labour conflict in as many years as communications sector union representing French-language employees rejects latest contract offer.

Feb 28, 2006 — News Article

Spin class by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist admits being misled by numbers released by CBC in response to ACTRA/FRIENDS press release on CBC's drama performance.

Feb 27, 2006 — News Article

CBC puts Alice the computer in charge by John Doyle

Columnist criticizes computer-generated model viewer, "Alice", used by CBC management to determine whether to air programming or not.

Feb 26, 2006 — News Article

As of Monday, no cable means no CBC in Kamloops

Disaffiliation of CBC affiliate in Kamloops, British Columbia to result in denial of CBC television to viewers without access to cable or satellite service.

Feb 25, 2006 — News Article

Drama queen no more by Gayle MacDonald

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.

Feb 23, 2006 — News Article

CBC governance needs some fine-tuning by Tony Manera

Former CBC president articulates why governance reform matters and is critical to the future of the CBC.

Feb 22, 2006 — News Article

Size matters by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Feb 21, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to Toronto Star columnist regarding CBC drama performance

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.

Feb 21, 2006 — News Article

CTV, CBC in fight for national title by John McKay

In wake of data showing CTV has more Canadian drama programming in prime time than CBC, observers criticize CBC as too focused on ratings.

Feb 21, 2006 — News Article

Good TV not a numbers game by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Feb 20, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to Globe & Mail columnist regarding CBC drama performance

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.

Feb 20, 2006 — News Article

Why B-E-V spells out bad news for the C-B-C by Deirdre McMurdy

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.

Feb 20, 2006 — News Article

It's easy to bash CBC, but not always fair by John Doyle

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.

Feb 19, 2006 — News Article

Running the shows: Kirstine Layfield is the new head of programming at CBC-TV, a tough job at the best of times by Chris Cobb

Former Alliance-Atlantis executive responsible for lifestyle programming becomes new head of network programming at CBC, denies that focus will be exclusively on ratings.

Feb 18, 2006 — News Article

Oda eyes CBC, Council funding by Val Ross

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.

Feb 17, 2006 — News Release

CBC Drops the Drama Ball - Management must be held accountable

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.

Feb 17, 2006 — News Article

'CBC Drops the Drama Ball' Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting & ACTRA

FRIENDS says data on CBC drama performance during prime time threaten its reputation as the leader in representing Canadian content.

Feb 17, 2006 — News Article

CBC Television announces new program development and commissioning

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.

Feb 17, 2006 — News Article

ACTRA Reveals TV Drama Study By Roger Armbrust

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.

Feb 16, 2006 — News Article

Grand ménage à Télé-Québec by Paul Cauchon

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.

Feb 15, 2006 — News Article

CJFC-TV breaks ties with CBC Feb. 27 by Mike Youds

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.

Feb 15, 2006 — News Article

CBC comes up short on audience predictions for advertisers

In early days of Olympics coverage, CBC's audience predictions fell short of expectations.

Feb 14, 2006 — News Article

Attention, Fort Dork: tactical error by John Doyle

Television columnist calls sacrifice of top Canadian dramas on the altar of ratings a "tactical error".

Feb 13, 2006 — News Article

Two acclaimed CBC dramas to be cancelled by Val Ross

Report says CBC expected to announce cancellation of two of its most critically acclaimed TV dramas ever.

Feb 13, 2006 — News Article

Three CBC dramas to be cancelled by John McKay

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.

Feb 13, 2006 — News Article

CBC brass strikes another blow to drama

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.

Feb 10, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Ottawa Sun re: CBC

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.

Feb 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC Radio 'offensive and flippant' by Denis Armstrong

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.

Feb 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC eyes partners for TV downloads by Grant Robertson

CBC is reportedly negotiating with Google and Apple to allow downloads of its Canadian programming.

Feb 7, 2006 — News Article

Radio-Canada n'est pas inquiet

Francophone management at CBC/Radio-Canada not concerned over fate of CBC following election of new Conservative government.

Feb 7, 2006 — News Article

Heritage minister's industry experience an asset, say producers

FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Why you won't hear Sirius pumping Stern in Canada by Grant Robertson

Sirius begins broadcasting Howard Stern in Canada, but avoids high-profile marketing campaign.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Irish eyes won't be smiling over these gaffes by John Doyle

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.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze again at CBC by Antonia Zerbisias

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.

Feb 5, 2006 — News Article

Help wanted at the CBC by Chris Cobb

CBC leaves popular radio shows without hosts following departures; faces salary challenge from private sector.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

CBC names new chief of programming by Gayle Macdonald

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.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

CBC admits to qualms about role in Howard Stern's return to Canada by John McKay

CBC notes that Sirius Canada, in which it holds a 40% stake, is a "separate company" entitled to make decisions based on market demands.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

Shock jock Stern back in Canada by Barbara Shecter

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.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

Stern -- uncut -- arrives in Canada by Chris Lackner

CBC rationalizes decision by Sirius Canada, 40% owned by CBC, to carry Howard Stern.

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

Free to Be, CBC by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew

FRIENDS blames patronage appointments for CBC lockout, says appointments process as a whole must change.

Jan 28, 2006 — News Article

CBC executive worries about Harper’s intentions by Anthony Cooper

Maritimes director for CBC TV worries that Conservative government has not made its intentions for CBC clear.

Jan 28, 2006 — News Article

Turin Olympic advertising, sponsors golden for CBC by William Houston

CBC claims Turin Olympics most successful ever for advertising revenues.

Jan 24, 2006 — News Article

Heritage minister loses seat in political shift

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, defeated; Conservative Bev Oda tipped to replace her.

Jan 23, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of Le Devoir

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.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Bell Canada to Deliver Exclusive CBC/Radio-Canada Coverage of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games

CBC, Bell Canada partner to deliver 2006 Olympic coverage to cellular phones.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Minorities serve us best

Opinion editorial says that minority governments best represent the interests of Canadians, no telling what a Harper government would cut from the budget.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Is Australia a model for Canada? by Anna Yeatman

Article discusses Australian experience in electing a conservative government, resulting erosion of institutions of public culture.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Advice to a new prime minister by Norman Spector

Conservative advisor counsels breaking up CBC, structuring CBC radio on U.S. "fundraising drive" model.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

La télé publique dans l'oeil du cyclone par Paul Cauchon

Article speculates that the CBC President's days will be numbered under a Conservative government.

Jan 22, 2006 — News Article

Harper, the CBC and the $1 billion question by Chris Cobb

Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.

Jan 21, 2006 — News Article

142 Tory words, but wait . . . a good idea by Kate Taylor

Columnist notes contrast between Bloc and Conservatives in emphasis on cultural policy.

Jan 20, 2006 — News Article

Why minority government is good for Canada by Bruce Campbell and Seth Klein

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.

Jan 20, 2006 — News Article

Press Release: Where The Political Parties Stand On Culture

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."

Jan 19, 2006 — News Article

Budgets aux arts: le PC ne se mouille pas par Stéphane Baillargeon

A Conservative government would preserve the "role" of national cultural institutions, but unclear whether it would maintain their funding.

Jan 16, 2006 — News Article

PBS programs at risk, CEO says by David Bauder

Outgoing PBS head says the U.S. public broadcaster desperately needs more funding.

Jan 14, 2006 — News Article

Harper's been mum on the CBC, but his no-show drops a loud hint by Christopher Dornan

Columnist says Stephen Harper's cancellation of his appearance on CBC's The National gives away the party's stance on public broadcasting.

Jan 14, 2006 — News Article

On the block? Culture's barely on the radar by Kate Taylor

Cultural issues receiving even shorter shrift than in the 2004 election; neither Liberals nor Conservatives respond to ACTRA questions concerning policy stance on culture.

Jan 11, 2006 — News Article

What's scarier, CBC makeover or bird flu? by John Doyle

John Doyle comments on "makeover" of CBC news, descent of fifth estate newsmagazine into a speculative docudrama.

Jan 11, 2006 — News Article

City calls for restoration of hour-long CBC news by Dave Stewart

The Charlottetown, P.E.I. city council wishes to see the hour-long CBC local news at six format restored.

Jan 10, 2006 — News Article

Le congédiement de François Parenteau - L'hypocrisie de Radio-Canada by Jacques Keable

Article states that Radio-Canada's dismissal of longstanding radio personality François Parenteau was an act of censorship that went virtually unnoticed.

Jan 9, 2006 — News Article

Changes and exchanges with Tony Burman

Editor in Chief of CBC News announces rebranding of CBC news as a "single, integrated multimedia news and current affairs service".

Jan 9, 2006 — News Article

CPAC's Rockburn likes it some hot, hot, hot by F. Abbas Rana

Radio and television interviewer Ken Rockburn discusses election coverage, offers pointed criticism of CBC radio.

Jan 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC shuffles news content, operations by Etan Vlessing

CBC revamps news on TV and radio networks, CBC Newsworld and Web site in attempt to increase brand recognition.

Jan 8, 2006 — News Article

Say good night, mother by Pat MacAdam

Columnist says that despite the CBC's past achievements, the time has come to leave broadcasting to the private sector.

Jan 7, 2006 — News Article

Nip, tuck and swirl at CBC News and Global by Guy Dixon

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".

Jan 7, 2006 — News Article

CBC revamping newscasts to reflect wishes of viewers

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.

Jan 1, 2006 — News Article

Canada's Creative Class Big Losers in 2005 by Wendell Wilks

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.