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All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2009

Dec 29, 2009 — News Article

A surfeit of rah-rah, a dearth of serious debate by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says that a the media, including the CBC, is ignoring serious issues and stifling debate.

Dec 29, 2009 — News Article

A Public Television Warning for PBS - and the CBC by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Journalism professor and former director of CBC Radio News says Canada's public broadcaster should return to its mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain - in that order.

Dec 21, 2009 — News Article

End of year note by Hubert T. Lacroix

In a note to staff, the CBC president announces the sale of assets to balance the public broadcaster's 2010 budget.

Dec 21, 2009 — News Article

CBC raises $133M through asset sales

The CBC is to receive $133 million through the sale of some of its assets in a deal that will help the public broadcaster balance its books for 2009-10.

Dec 19, 2009 — News Article

$1.1 billion is enough for CBC by Bob Cox

The publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press says CBC should not get revenue from fee-for-carriage.

Dec 17, 2009 — News Article

New Portable People Meters give Canadian network TV a big ratings boost by Bill Brioux

Data from Portable People Meters reveal that far more people are watching hit shows in Canada than previously estimated.

Dec 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC, National Post offer joint 2010 Games coverage

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Post will join forces to provide top online coverage of the Vancouver Games.

Dec 15, 2009 — News Article

BBC chief denies BBC Worldwide sale talk by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson says "reports that the BBC is already preparing for a partial flotation are simply untrue."

Dec 14, 2009 — News Article

Media Player of the Year: CBC by Matt Semansky

CBC receives praise from marketing trade publication for providing creative advertising opportunities.

Dec 10, 2009 — News Article

Greg Dyke calls for BBC Trust to be scrapped by Mimi Turner

Former BBC director says current BBC executives are too highly paid and that public broadcaster's oversight committee should be scrapped.

Dec 9, 2009 — News Article

Shaw questions CRTC authority in TV dispute

Cable giant Shaw suggests that the CRTC is not in a position to make the final call on fee-for-carriage.

Dec 9, 2009 — News Article

TV losing value, say consumers by Chris Powell

A new study by Canadian Media Research indicates Canadians remain generally satisfied with television, but they are less willing to pay more for it.

Dec 8, 2009 — News Article

CTV, Global and CBC band together on 'consumer first' solution by Jamie Sturgeon

CTV, Global and CBC recommend the CRTC implement a "skinny" basic cable package that would cost consumers about $20 a month depending on the market.

Dec 4, 2009 — News Article

CBC home rises anew in downtown Vancouver by John Mackie

CBC set to unveil its new Vancouver broadcasting centre after a $65 million renovation.

Dec 4, 2009 — News Article

CBC's golden days are now, says president by Francois Marchand

Hubert Lacroix reinforces the public broadcaster's mandate amid a $171-million shortfall and the loss of the Olympics.

Dec 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC recasts its news for younger viewers by Guy Dixon

CBC debuts animated ants reporting on the most pressing news matters for young children.

Dec 1, 2009 — News Article

Our top story tonight... by Andrew Clarke

Blogger notes that CBC's The National recently featured a report in which two of the primary sources used to tell the story were TMZ and the National Enquirer.

Nov 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC to allow political ads outside election periods by Andrea Woo

Legal decision issued after CBC refused to air Conservative party ads opposing Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Nov 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC News at 10 Fix: Paging Jack Bauer

Article provides ratings for the flagship TV newscasts for CBC, CTV and Global.

Nov 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC auds up in fall season

CBC TV executive says ratings for the public broadcaster are 9.3% this fall, as compared to 7.9% last year.

Nov 25, 2009 — News Article

The simplicity of the CBC debate by Andrew Tod

Columnist says the revamped CBC News format is a blow to those  who appreciate serious journalism and a media source which can inform Canadians beyond the limited scope of private broadcasters.

Nov 24, 2009 — News Article

Kids in the Hall among the talent on CBC's slate of winter shows by Gayle MacDonald

CBC TV winter lineup to include the family sitcom 18 to Life, the father-son private-eye series Republic of Doyle and the return of the crew from Kids in the Hall.

Nov 24, 2009 — News Article

BC Holds Talks on Floating BBC Worldwide - Report by Michael Taylor

Reports indicate the BBC has been holding talks about privatizing part of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.

Nov 24, 2009 — News Article

The centre of things by Andrew Cohen

The president of The Historica-Dominion Institute says Canadians will not stand for "conservative tenets" such as selling off the CBC or deregulating broadcasting.

Nov 23, 2009 — News Article

"Confronting Mcluhan: Why Form Matters Less than Content" by Hugh D. Segal

Canadian senator, political strategist, author, and commentator makes a speech about democracy and journalism.

Nov 19, 2009 — News Article

French broadcasters eye tax relief by Rebecca Leffler

France's private networks might be getting some tax relief after a ban on advertising on the country's public networks last year saw them forced to fund the gap in revenue at France Televisions.

Nov 18, 2009 — News Article

CBC Says Program Cuts Come Without New Funding from Carriers

CBC says the Canadian broadcasting system has become so imbalanced that the network cannot commit to maintain current programming levels without changes to the funding system and the channel line-up.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

CBC's string of reality-show success

Article says the CBC has found ratings success by poaching reality concepts from Britain and selling them to Canadian audiences.

Nov 17, 2009 — News Article

Think small, says CBC by Norma Reveler

The CBC proposes an all-Canadian cable package that would cost less and would allow for dollars to flow back to the conventional TV stations.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC re-broadcasts Battle of the Blades finale

Rogers technical problem causes CBC to rebroadcast Battle of the Blades finale in the Greater Toronto Area.

Nov 16, 2009 — News Article

Dear Canada: Your opinion on the CBC is 'pathetic' by John Doyle

Columnists says what disturbs people most about the new format of The National is the emphasis on the shallow and the inconsequential.

Nov 13, 2009 — News Article

Video: A Pox on Both Their Houses: Cable and TV

Roundtable discussion on the issue of fee-for-carriage, featuring broadcast industry observers including FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison.

Nov 13, 2009 — News Article

CBC-TV shuffles management with eye to boosting foreign co-productions

Arts and entertainment head Fred Fuchs is being renamed general manager of production enterprises, while creative drama head Sally Catto will take over Fuchs's old position.

Nov 13, 2009 — News Article

Fuchs, Catto promoted at CBC by Marise Strauss

CBC has promoted Fred Fuchs, putting him in charge of boosting the financing and overseas appeal of its shows.

Nov 12, 2009 — News Article

CBC's The Current paints a bulls-eye on its forehead by Don Martin

Federal environment minister Jim Prentice turns down invitation to appear on CBC Radio's The Current with guest host David Suzuki.

Nov 12, 2009 — News Article

Canadians to cooperate by Brendan Kelly

Telefilm Canada and CBC have announced a deal to co-finance domestic films that will premier in cinemas and then play very soon afterward on the CBC's primetime Sunday-night movie slot.

Nov 12, 2009 — Blog Post

CBC’s sudden $171 million short-fall. How come?

FRIENDS says decisions by the management of CBC’s English Television network contributed heavily to a budget short-fall and the need to lay off 800 staff.

Nov 7, 2009 — News Article

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2009-10

Treasury Board of Canada releases Supplementary Estimates, including $60 million for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Nov 6, 2009 — Blog Post

Finally...

In the eighth month of its fiscal year, the Harper government has replaced $60 million of the $63 million that it cut from CBC's appropriation.

Nov 5, 2009 — News Article

The Liberal vision: A cultured Canada by Pablo Rodriguez

Liberal party's Heritage Critic says "Michael Ignatieff is the exact opposite of Stephen Harper when it comes to culture".

Nov 4, 2009 — News Article

Mountie files lawsuit over CBC's Taser coverage

The RCMP officer who fired a Taser at Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver's airport has filed a libel lawsuit against the CBC.

Nov 4, 2009 — News Article

The Lib-CBC Mutual Admiration Society by Lorne Gunter

Editorial says that a "man-on-the-street" interview with a Liberal party staffer that was critical of the Conservative government shows a "too cozy" relationship between the CBC and the Liberals.

Nov 3, 2009 — News Article

CBC: Cable, satellite carriers should be forced to offer packages of essential Canadian TV channels

Canada's national public broadcaster is calling for cable and satellite services to offer basic packages of essential TV channels at a regulated price.

Nov 2, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Compensation Regime for the Value of Local Television Signals: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-614

FRIENDS recommends that the CRTC re-regulate basic cable rates, ensure that big cable companies do not pass along signal costs to subscribers and new compensation be divided among local conventional stations based on viewership of Canadian programs.

Nov 2, 2009 — News Article

Greg Dyke: 'Ditch BBC license fee' by Mimi Turner

Former BBC director general is expected to tell a parliamentary review to scrap the annual £3.6 billion license fee, and instead fund the broadcaster from general taxation.

Oct 31, 2009 — News Article

CBC makes changes for market share by Brendan Kelly

CBC executive bristles at the suggestion that he and his colleagues have borrowed the news delivery formula created by U.S. newscaster CNN.

Oct 31, 2009 — News Article

Will someone get Peter Mansbridge a chair? by Tabatha Southey

Columnist critiques the new format of CBC's The National.

Oct 31, 2009 — News Article

CBC Mother Corp. gussies up her all-news baby by Guy Dixon and James Bradshaw

Critics argue that CBC's "popularization" strategy risks introducing a certain sameness between the CBC and private broadcasters.

Oct 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC's Second Quarter Update

CBC executive says the advertising markets facing a 'structural decline' and calls criticism of new News format 'Pathetic.'

Oct 30, 2009 — News Article

Investing in culture to build a creative society by Pablo Rodriguez, MP

Liberal Party Canadian Heritage Critic says his party is committed to ensuring stable funding to CBC/Radio-Canada.

Oct 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC: From outstanding to just ... standing by Andy Clarke

Former CBC Ottawa employee says the public broadcaster is deliberately dumbing itself down because senior managers don't believe that "smart" attracts a large enough audience.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

CBC's new news is scaaary by Rick Salutin

Columnist says "Watching CBC news now feels like living inside English-language boss Richard Stursberg's head."

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

BBC to cut senior execs' salaries by Leo Barraclough

The BBC has unveiled plans to slash 25% from the salary bill of senior staff, resulting in the loss of 18% of management posts and a freeze on exec pay.

Oct 29, 2009 — News Article

CBC and Mansbridge still standing, but for how long? by Morley Walker

Columnist says in today's fragmented media landscape, the argument for a public broadcaster must rest on excellence.

Oct 28, 2009 — News Article

Viewer response to the CBC's revamped national news: mixed at best by John Doyle

Columnist says feedback on CBC's re-vamped The National have mostly been negative.

Oct 28, 2009 — News Article

Ignatieff vows to double funding for arts council by Irwin Block

Michael Ignatieff says a Liberal government would double the parliamentary funding to the Canada Council for the Arts and provide stable long-term funding for the CBC.

Oct 27, 2009 — News Article

The new look of CBC News by John Doyle

Columnist critiques the CBC News revamp.

Oct 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC gets OK to convert Whitehorse AM signal

The CRTC has given the CBC permission to change its Whitehorse radio signal from the AM to FM band, disappointing rural listeners who wanted the AM signal to stay on.

Oct 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC's revamped The National glitzy but a little contrived by Greg Quill

Columnist says the new format for CBC's The National makes it "less a news program than a piece of rehearsed drama".

Oct 26, 2009 — News Article

American consultants helped in CBC makeover by Althia Raj

FRIENDS says focus on style over substance moves CBC News in the direction of the private sector.

Oct 25, 2009 — News Article

For News, Canada's Leader Looks South of the Border by Ian Austen

Peter Mansbridge says it "sends a strange signal to the public" that the Prime Minister doesn't watch Canadian news for the Canadian perspective on issues that some U.S. networks ignore.

Oct 22, 2009 — News Article

HNIC may drop Leafs nationally by Rob Longley

CBC executive says if the Toronto Maple Leaf's slump continues, the public broadcaster won't hesitate to adjust Hockey Night in Canada programming.

Oct 22, 2009 — News Article

CBC revamps news flagships by Greg Quill

A new name for the all-news network – CBC Newsworld will be known as CBC NN – and a revamped The National are among sweeping changes announced by CBC.

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

NFB launches iPhone application by Etan Vlessing

The NFB's mobile application will enable free, full viewing of hundreds of streamed content from its video library.

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

Move over CNN, BNN; CBC Newsworld rebrands all-news channel as CBC NN by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says senior CBC management is slavishly copying private sector behaviour in news rebranding.

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

Changes to The National as CBC unveils new look

CBC executive says CBC NN (formerly Newsworld) will be geared more to breaking news and The National will continue to end the day with a more nuanced reflection on events.

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

Sweeping changes at CBC News by Marise Strauss

A overhaul of CBC News has resulted in one main newsroom for online, radio and television, and changed roles for over 1,000 employees.

Oct 21, 2009 — News Article

Brace yourself: Sometimes I feel sorry for the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist discusses "the kindergarten atmosphere of spite, complaining and backstabbing that infects CBC on a perpetual basis".

Oct 20, 2009 — News Article

Canada's conventional TV networks agree on zero fee

Canada's three conventional television networks, Global, CTV and CBC, have arrived at a figure they feel is appropriate for consumers to pay to support local programming -- zero.

Oct 20, 2009 — News Article

Canada's Superstation joins Local TV Matters Campaign

Newfoundland broadcaster NTV, has joined CTV, 'A', CBC, Global, CHEK NEWS and V in the Local TV Matters campaign.

Oct 19, 2009 — News Article

Is there a future for Canadian TV? by Jason Kirby

Columnist says a perfect storm of the recession, new technologies and shifting tastes has threatened the way conventional broadcasters like Canwest, CTV and the CBC have operated for decades.

Oct 14, 2009 — News Article

Revenue model for conventional broadcasters broken: CBC boss by Geoff Kirbyson

CBC President says "We feel for our friends at Canwest."

Oct 13, 2009 — News Article

Hubert Lacroix discusses the future of the CBC

On an Alberta radio call-in program, CBC's president and CEO talks about the present and future state of Canada's public broadcaster.

Oct 8, 2009 — News Article

Steven and Chris returns to CBC in January

Steven and Chris, the CBC daytime lifestyles show put on indefinite hiatus earlier this year, will return to the airwaves in January.

Oct 8, 2009 — News Article

Canadians like their Dr. House. Pastor Mansbridge, not so much by John Doyle

CTV takes issue with CBC's claims over Battle of the Blades ratings.

Oct 7, 2009 — News Article

Radio 3 Launches a New Site

CBC Radio 3's new website includes five Internet streams, a playlist editor and social media tools.

Oct 6, 2009 — News Article

Blades: dumb as a plank, but popular by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC's "dumb-as-a-plank" Battle of the Blades is aimed at a conservative, older, hockey-loving audience.

Oct 5, 2009 — News Article

No more job cuts at CBC, president says

The president of the CBC warned of a bleak future for conventional broadcasters if the financial playing field in Canada's TV industry isn't levelled.

Oct 5, 2009 — News Article

Notes for a speech by Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Canadian Club of Montreal

CBC President says without equilibrium in the broadcasting system,  Canada's public broadcaster will have serious problems fulfilling its mandate.

Oct 1, 2009 — News Article

CBC Radio holds on to top spot in Toronto, for now by Greg Quill

Analysts predict new portable people meter data will probably knock CBC Radio One out of top spot in the Toronto market.

Oct 1, 2009 — News Article

CBC and National Post announce content sharing agreement

CBC.ca is set to run daily financial stories from the Financial Post, and The National Post will run daily CBC sports stories on nationalpost.com.

Sep 30, 2009 — News Article

Mercer Bungee Jumps to Record High

New Personal People Meter data reports the Rick Mercer Report had 1,295,000 viewers for its season premier.

Sep 28, 2009 — News Article

CBC fights Access to Information czar in Federal Court by Cynthia Münster

The CBC is taking Canada's Access to Information Commissioner's Office to court over the public broadcaster's fight to keep information about its journalism and programming secret.

Sep 28, 2009 — News Article

Radio-Canada says bye bye to Bye Bye

CBC executive says the cancellation of Radio-Canada's new year's eve special has nothing to do with complaints about controversial sketches involving US President Barack Obama.

Sep 28, 2009 — News Article

Is the government review of CBC's budget a state secret? by Karen Wirsig

CMG's Communications Co-ordinator raises concerns about the apparent secrecy of the government's "strategic review" of CBC's budget priorities.

Sep 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC, federal ombudsman clash in court over secret records by Dean Beeby

CBC has locked horns with Canada's information ombudsman over the public broadcaster's right to keep information about its journalism and programming secret.

Sep 24, 2009 — News Article

Jeremy Hunt warns on BBC governance by Mimi Turner

Britain's opposition culture secretary says that the BBC's corporate governance isn't working and that a Conservative government would dismantle the BBC Trust if elected next year.

Sep 23, 2009 — News Article

No money left for digital transition: CBC president by Jennifer Ditchburn

CBC says more than 300,000 Canadians in remote and rural areas could be cut off from CBC TV in two years, because the broadcaster doesn't have the money to convert its signals to digital from analog.

Sep 23, 2009 — News Article

Finances dominate CBC/Radio-Canada public meeting

FRIENDS delivers a petition to the CBC's Ottawa studios, calling on CBC-TV to retain the one-hour format and 10 p.m. timeslot for its flagship newscast The National.

Sep 23, 2009 — News Article

Facing Online Petition, CBC Denies The National is Moving

More than 5,600 people have signed a petition calling for the CBC to retain the one-hour format of The National, and keep the flagship news program in its current 10 p.m. time slot.

Sep 23, 2009 — News Release

CBC petitioned to leave The National alone

Thousands of Canadians are calling on CBC to retain the one hour format of The National and keep it in its 10 pm time slot.

Sep 22, 2009 — News Article

Kevin O'Leary to Bring a Right-Wing View to the CBC

Business TV host says a conversation with CBC executive Richard Stursberg convinced him to bring his "slightly right of Attila the Hun" viewpoint to the public broadcaster.

Sep 17, 2009 — News Article

Kirstine Stewart's Vision for CBC TV

The general manger of CBC English television says more Canadian programming isn't aired because the public broadcaster "cannot afford it on the budget that we're given."

Sep 16, 2009 — News Article

Cue the National Broadcast Orchestra by David Gordon Duke

The reconstituted CBC ensemble to perform live, while branching out to high-def video, Internet.

Sep 16, 2009 — News Article

Ron James, Blades anchor CBC fall season

CBC says it plans to announce changes to The National and its Newsworld service on Oct. 9.

Sep 15, 2009 — News Article

BDU-broadcaster battle renewed; BDUs want commissioners recused by Greg O'Brien

Article looks at submissions to the CRTC by cable/satellite companies and broadcasters on the issue of fee-for-carriage.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Canada's Television Broadcasters Unite to Stand Up for Viewers and to Protect Local Television

CTV, 'A', Global and CBC have joined together to launch a national campaign - Local TV Matters - aimed at rallying viewers and all Canadians to support local television.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Taylor Hired by Bank after Killing BC's Bank Tax by Will McMartin

Former CBC Board chair and BC Finance Minister faces criticism after taking a position on TD Bank's Board of Directors.

Sep 14, 2009 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-411 – Policy proceeding on a group-based approach to licensing of television services

FRIENDS recommends that Cable broadcast distributors should share a portion of their considerable profit with local TV broadcasters and that those fees should be divided based upon the total audience assembled for Canadian programs.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Networks, cable firms gird for battle by Grant Robertson

The country's major television networks and its biggest cable companies are set to launch public appeals for support in their debate over new fees on customer bills.

Sep 14, 2009 — News Article

Carriage fee fight is on the air by Rita Trichur

CTV, Global and CBC launch localtvmatters.ca, along with TV, radio and print advertisements in their ongoing fight to collect fees from cable and satellite companies.

Sep 11, 2009 — News Article

Probe new rivals' ownership, Rogers urges by Simon Avery

Rogers asks the CRTC to put the foreign ownership and control structure of DAVE Wireless, and Public Mobile Holdings under the same scrutiny that a third new entrant, Globalive Holdings, is already undergoing.

Sep 9, 2009 — News Article

BBC bosses bring fight into public domain by Mimi Turner

BBC Director General calls News Corp. executive "desperately out-of-touch" with the public.

Sep 6, 2009 — News Article

European Broadcasters Argue About Public Aid by Eric Pfanner

Columnist says a feud between public broadcasters in Europe and their private-sector rivals is getting nastier.

Sep 5, 2009 — News Article

National Post editorial board: A proud day for the CBC

Editorial praises the CBC for the decision to air a documentary recreating the Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Sep 4, 2009 — News Article

TD banking on CBC by Rita Trichur

In response to reports of "product integration" into CBC TV shows, FRIENDS says taxpayers expect public broadcasting services to be distinct from the private sector.

Sep 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC Newsworld suffers afternoon outage

CBC spokesperson says a temporary outage on Newsworld was caused by a Rogers fibre-optics cable.

Sep 1, 2009 — News Article

Kill-Obama TV satire lands CBC in hot water

The CRTC has ordered Radio-Canada to apologize to its viewers for segments of last year's Bye Bye show, which featured cracks about blacks, anglophones, spousal abuse and the U.S. president.

Aug 31, 2009 — News Article

CBC-TV launches 90-minute supper hour news

CBC-TV's supper hour newscasts feature several new hosts and now runs from from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m weekdays.

Aug 31, 2009 — News Article

Murdoch bashes BBC at TV fest by Steve Clarke

Rupert Murdoch's likely heir apparent says he wants the BBC to become "much, much smaller."

Aug 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC dumbs down news by Bruce Wark

Editorial says that in search of higher TV ad revenues, CBC is pulling resources from radio.

Aug 26, 2009 — News Article

O'Leary tails Lang to CBC to set her right

BNN anchor Kevin O'Leary is set to co-host a new half-hour business news show on CBC Newsworld.

Aug 25, 2009 — News Article

TV, internet price war heats up in Vancouver by Peter Nowak

Some Vancouver residents are benefiting from an increasingly hostile price war between Shaw Communications and upstart Novus Entertainment for television and internet customers.

Aug 24, 2009 — News Article

New Audience Measurement Tools May Affect Ratings

BBM, the company that tracks ratings for broadcasters, is set to switch to a new system called the Portable People Meter, replacing the old diary method in most places.

Aug 21, 2009 — News Article

CBC won't be left out in cold during Olympics by Etan Vlessing

The CBC is set to air winter sports-themed TV programming while CTV carries the Olympics.

Aug 21, 2009 — News Article

CBC okays Men with Brooms by Etan Vlessing

CBC has given the production order to E1 Television and Serendipity Point Films for a pilot episode to loosely follow Paul Gross' curling comedy and directorial debut.

Aug 19, 2009 — News Article

Made-in-Manitoba TV? by Bruce Owen

The Manitoba government has commissioned a study to see if there's room on the dial and in the pocketbook for an English-language educational public broadcaster in the province.

Aug 15, 2009 — News Article

CBC Ad Revenues Beat Expectations

In reference to the government approval needed to sell assets, CBC executive says "Dealing with the government is not just difficult, it's a nightmare."

Aug 14, 2009 — News Article

CBC Introduces its iPhone Application

CBC's iPhone application streams content from Radio One, Radio 2, and CBC Radio 3, and audio from CBC Television.

Aug 13, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: Changes to CBC's The National

Form letter response from the CBC President's Chief of Staff to a number of FRIENDS' supporters denying that CBC has plans to move The National to 11 pm.

Aug 11, 2009 — News Article

CRTC plans new fall hearing into fee-for-carriage

The CRTC has postponed a public hearing into group-based licensing until Nov. 16 and said it would add the issue of fee-for-carriage to the hearing agenda.

Aug 11, 2009 — News Article

La FCFA se joint à la mobilisation en appui à un financement adéquat pour Radio-Canada

The Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada announce the mobilization of francophone in support of adequate funding for CBC/Radio Canada.

Aug 7, 2009 — News Article

TV faces a hard economic reality

Article profiles the changing TV landscape that sees broadcasters scrambling to deal with collapsing advertising revenue and dropping viewership.

Aug 5, 2009 — News Article

CBC denies planning to change The National's time slot

The CBC has denied assertions that there is a plan to move The National from its 10 p.m. time slot to 11 p.m.

Aug 5, 2009 — News Article

CBC denies The National is moving by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says CBC's senior programming brass has a plan to move the public broadcaster's flagship nightly news program The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. to make room for prime-time entertainment programming.

Aug 4, 2009 — Blog Post

Request for retraction - CBC's secret plan to move The National

Letter from CBC Media Relations requesting a retraction of FRIENDS statement that there are plans to move The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.

Aug 4, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: The National

Response from Kirstine Layfield, CBC's General Manager TV, regarding FRIENDS statement that there are plans to move The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.

Aug 4, 2009 — News Article

CBC slams Friends' National rumour as 100% false by Greg O’Brien

CBC Media Relations says there are no plans to move The National from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Aug 4, 2009 — News Article

National not moving, insists CBC by Sean Davidson

Notwithstanding denials from CBC representatives, FRIENDS says there are plans to move The National to 11pm.

Aug 4, 2009 — News Article

CBC and its Friends squabble over The National by Crawford Kilian

FRIENDS and the CBC offer differing perspectives on possible changes to The National.

Aug 4, 2009 — News Release

CBC's secret plan to move The National

FRIENDS says CBC has a closely guarded secret plan to move its flagship news program The National from 10 pm to 11 pm weeknights.

Aug 3, 2009 — News Article

PBS Chief Welcomes Public TV Funding Under Obama

PBS chief Paula Kerger says the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's $430 million budget for this year was left intact by President Barack Obama.

Aug 1, 2009 — News Article

Can Newsworld tune in? by Oakland Ross

As CBC's Newsworld turns 20 years old, FRIENDS expresses concerns over a possible format change.

Jul 31, 2009 — News Article

CBC adds drama reruns, expands local news

Despite criticism for purchasing U.S. imports such as Wheel and Jeopardy, CBC president Hubert Lacroix has says the series draw audiences to the network's prime-time lineup.

Jul 30, 2009 — News Article

Burying the Local News

Article says that CBC is moving the its local newscasts to a dead zone where it will be unlikely to get a significant audience.

Jul 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC a good investment for Canadians by Chris Ball

CBC/Radio-Canada media relations officer says Canadians pay less than 10 cents a day for an accountable, national public broadcaster that provides first-rate local programming to communities across the country.

Jul 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC buys U.S. drama series for late-afternoon slot

CBC-TV is adding the U.S. drama Ghost Whisperer to its weekday lineup as the new lead-in to a longer supper-hour newscast.

Jul 29, 2009 — News Article

CBC plans 90-minute TV newscasts for 5 p.m.

At the end of August, CBC News will begin running 90-minute newscasts starting at 5:00 pm, followed by the foreign programming Coronation Street, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!.

Jul 28, 2009 — News Article

Amanda Lang to host CBC business show

Canadian journalist Amanda Lang will join CBC Newsworld this fall as host of a new business program.

Jul 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC review may surprise By Terry Pearson

Columnist says John Lamb’s recent opinion piece ("It’s time for a public review of the CBC," July 8) calling for a public inquiry into the CBC is welcome.

Jul 20, 2009 — News Article

CBC-TV cancels The Lens doc series By Gayle MacDonald

The CBC has cancelled the award-winning documentary TV program The Lens, a move some in Canada's production community are calling "tragic" because it means one fewer port of call for independent documentary producers.

Jul 15, 2009 — News Article

Whitehorse AM transmitter's future undecided: CBC

The CBC's top official in the North says the Yukon government's move to extend the CBC's lease for its AM transmitter in Whitehorse does not necessarily mean the broadcaster will scrap plans to switch from AM to FM.

Jul 15, 2009 — News Article

Update on job cuts and CBC's financial uncertainty

Due to the continued instability of the public broadcaster's financial situation, temporary measures to reinstate jobs and programming have been scrapped.

Jul 8, 2009 — News Article

It’s time for a public review of the CBC By John Lamb

A Canadian Citizen says CBC’s funding has been reduced by every government since Brian Mulroney’s — both Conservative and Liberal. All federal governments, it seems, dislike the CBC and have found it an easy target. That means it’s up to ordinary Canadians to speak up for the CBC.

Jul 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC's Cancon at 20-year low: study By Gariné Tcholakian

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's latest report on TV programming content across 10 Canadian markets, released this week, found that CBC English TV's primetime Canadian content has reached a 20-year low, with 25% of the pubcaster's primetime schedule made up of foreign, mostly U.S., programming.

Jul 2, 2009 — News Article

Cancon falls to 20-year low on CBC prime time By Garret Zehr

Foreign programming now makes up 25 per cent of prime-time viewing hours on CBC English TV, according to new research by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jul 1, 2009 — News Article

Four things we should be proud of By Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist discusses the four things Canadians should be proud of.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC real estate eyed for sale in bid to scale back costs: Lacroix By Cassandra Szklarski

The CBC says it would consider selling buildings that house its radio and TV stations in a bid to wrangle control over its cash-strapped budget.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Release

CBC Cancon light

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what’s on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

Canwest selling TV stations in Montreal, Hamilton

Money-troubled Canwest Global Communications Corp. said Tuesday it is selling two conventional television stations in Montreal and Hamilton to an affiliate of Channel Zero Inc., an independent Canadian television broadcaster.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC eyes $125M real estate sell-off By Cassandra Szlarski

Now that 250 CBC employees have been laid off and 300 more have agreed to retire early, the public broadcaster is turning its sights on potential real estate sales that could draw in more badly needed cash, company president Hubert Lacroix said today.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC Cancon light

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2009 — News Article

CBC Canadian Content 'Light'

Canadian content during prime time on CBC English TV has reached a 20-year low, according to new research about what's on TV released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 25, 2009 — News Article

Raphael Alexander: A Conservative minister who defends the CBC. And seems to mean it

Columnist says "it’s a very strange time to live in, to hear the Conservatives talk about institutional heritage, such as a public broadcasting system that drains over a billion of taxpayer dollars every year."

Jun 24, 2009 — News Article

Exclusif: James Moore rejette la privatisation de Radio-Canada

The Canadian Heritage Minister rejects the idea of privatizing CBC/Radio Canada, by Joêl-Denis Bellavance

Jun 19, 2009 — News Article

An ode to Don Newman By Kirk LaPointe

Don Newman completes his last Politics program for CBC Newsworld. He will sign off and a storied career will end its most significant chapter.

Jun 16, 2009 — News Article

Voices of English Quebec join the fight to defend CBC/Radio-Canada by The Quebec Community Groups Network

The Quebec Community Groups Network will be holding a conference on June 17, 2009 to discuss concerns about the latest round of cutbacks at CBC and Radio Canada.

Jun 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC: we're not a TV network anymore, says Stursberg By John Bugailiskis

Breaking news from the CBC: It is no longer a TV network but a "content provider." This, according to the CBC's Richard Stursberg who was a keynote speaker at Tuesday afternoon's Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.

Jun 16, 2009 — News Article

Major changes ahead at CBC News by Guy Dixon

CBC News staff have been told that a unified assignment desk will resemble the model used by CNN, in which a constant flow of news reports feeds into different programs throughout the day.

Jun 15, 2009 — News Article

CBC turns its eye to the 24-hour news clock by Kathryn Blaze Carlson

FRIENDS says that if CBC Newsworld shifts focus from current affairs programming to news programming, it may run into issues over its mandate under the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission.

Jun 15, 2009 — News Article

Deciding game of Stanley Cup draws more than 3.5 million viewers to CBC

CBC says that Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins drew an average of 3.529 million viewers, making it the most watched game of the series.

Jun 15, 2009 — News Article

BBC could lose $163 mil of license fee by Mimi Turner

The BBC could be forced to hand $163 million of the license fee to fund local news on ITV under proposals that will be put forward by a major British government report.

Jun 12, 2009 — News Article

Rethinking the CBC by Jeremy Kinsman

Canada's former ambassador to the European Union says the greatest emphasis for a revitalized CBC should be on the "inform" side of its mandate.

Jun 11, 2009 — News Article

Murphy new CBC anchor

Tom Murphy has been named chief Nova Scotia correspondent for CBC News and anchor of the network's supper-hour newscast in the province.

Jun 10, 2009 — News Article

Controversial former CBC chair among those named to Cda Media Fund board by Cassandra Szklarski

Guy Fournier, who resigned his post as chair of the CBC three years ago, has been named to the board of the revamped Canada Media Fund.

Jun 10, 2009 — News Article

BBC stars face substantial pay cuts by Mimi Turner

BBC director general Mark Thompson has told the broadcaster's biggest stars that they face pay cuts of between 25% and 40% as the pubcaster comes under increasing pressure to cut payments and costs.

Jun 8, 2009 — News Article

CBC Newsworld to keep supper-hour Politics show on by Harris MacLeod

Outgoing host Don Newman says CBC should 'be careful' with changing the format of the political news program 'Politics'.

Jun 7, 2009 — News Article

CRTC caught in middle of cable spat by Terry Field

Journalism professor says without an organization like the CRTC, there would be little or no Canadian programming on television.

Jun 5, 2009 — News Article

Selling off crown assets makes sense in tough times

Editorial says selling off the CBC today would raise a storm of protest of such ferocity that even a majority government would be unlikely to complete the project.

Jun 4, 2009 — News Article

Stursberg, Lafrance mull CBC's future by Patricia Bailey

The head of CBC's English language operations says "So few people [in English Canada] are preoccupied with CBC TV."

Jun 4, 2009 — News Article

No new media regulation, says CRTC by Sean Davidson

The CRTC will stay away from new media for at least another five years, but has sided with the NFB in calling for a broader, national strategy to keep Canada competitive in the global, digital marketplace.

Jun 4, 2009 — News Article

CBC refuses to air Tories' anti-Ignatieff ads by Glen McGregor

The Conservative party was unable to get television commercials aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff broadcast by the CBC because the ads violated the network's ban on political advertising.

Jun 3, 2009 — News Article

Canadian kids TV faces finance challenge by Etan Vlessing

A former creative head at the CBC says he has grown frustrated that Canadian kids TV is securing fewer dollars and broadcast slots.

Jun 3, 2009 — News Article

Conservatives answer questions about selling Crown assests and funding for arts and culture

Video clip from the June 2nd Question Period in the House of Commons.

Jun 3, 2009 — News Article

Bureaucrats told to trim budgets 5% by Brian Laghi

Arts groups fear a 'Strategic Review' will result in funding cuts to the CBC, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Film Board.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC Radio 2: Out with the old, in with the new-ish by Adam McDowell

CBC Radio's director of programming says there's no need for drastic changes to Radio 2 this year.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

No 'fire sale' of Crown assets: Flaherty by Andrew Mayeda

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has defended the government's asset review while the opposition accused the Conservatives of embarking on an "ideological mission" to dump public institutions.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Access yes, info no by Christina Spencer

Lawyer for Sun Media is taking CBC to court for allegedly withholding content and documents from access to information requests.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC safe from asset review this year: Flaherty

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the federal government isn't reviewing the assets this year of the department that oversees the CBC.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Finance Ministers answers questions about privatizing the CBC

Video clips from the June 2nd Question Period in the House of Commons.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Release

CBC sale divisive among Conservative supporters 

Study shows that more than half of current Conservative supporters with an opinion disagree that privatizing and commercializing the CBC is the right thing to do.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

BBC Radio: Time for a Radical Rethink by David Ades

Columnist says that Britain's public broadcaster should buck the trend towards "popularization" and provide a national radio station targeted to people over 55 years old.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Mansbridge does it old school by Josh Wingrove

A "massive computer breakdown" at the CBC left the nation's public broadcaster "flying blind" during its flagship news program.

Jun 2, 2009 — News Article

Ottawa considering asset sales, from VIA Rail to Royal Canadian Mint by Steven Chase

A government source says no government asset - including the CBC - is being spared scrutiny as the Harper government considers auctioning off holdings while it grapples with record deficits.

Jun 1, 2009 — News Article

Out The Door, But Then Down The Aisle by Shinan Govani

Columnist notes that former CBC host Carole MacNeil is set to marry the man - Richard Stursberg - who recently OK'ed the cancelation of her show CBC News: Sunday.

Jun 1, 2009 — News Article

CBC, VIA Rail considered for auction block: documents by Andrew Mayeda

Documents show Ottawa has flagged several Crown corporations, including the CBC, as "not self-sustaining," and has identified them as entities that could be sold as part of the government's asset review.

Jun 1, 2009 — News Article

Commentary: Are CBC's Friends seeing (Liberal) red? by Lesley Hunter

According to a poll commissioned by broadcast industry watchdog Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, most Canadians believe that the CBC is "being starved of funds by a government with a vendetta against it".

Jun 1, 2009 — News Article

CBC Radio One tops Toronto and Vancouver markets for S2

CBC Radio One ranked first in Toronto and Vancouver between March 2 and April 26, 2009, according to BBM's S2 2009 top-line results.

Jun 1, 2009 — News Article

Poll on Harper's "hidden agenda" by Amy Haggar

The majority of Canadians say the Conservative government is "hostile to the CBC and would like to diminish public broadcasting in Canada," according to a new poll from the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

May 31, 2009 — News Article

Bernard Derome's appeal has not gone unheard - A group of private citizens is formed to defend Radio-Canada from the menace posed by the Conservative Party of Canada.

A group of private citizens is launching a movement to mobilize public support to counter moves being made by Stephen Harper's Conservative government following its decision to abandon much of its support for Radio-Canada.

May 30, 2009 — News Article

The debate over 'fee-for-carriage' in the Canadian broadcasting industry

In a radio interview with host Kathleen Petty, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the challenges facing Canadian TV broadcasters and the debate over 'fee-for-carriage'.

May 29, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: The CBC

The Honourable Marlene Jennings M.P. responds to a constituent's concerns about an anticipated $171 million revenue shortfall at the CBC for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

May 28, 2009 — News Article

Familiar faces, voices to leave in CBC cost-cutting

CBC English Services has sent 158 redundancy notices to its Canadian Media Guild employees in a cutback program that will see the broadcaster lose several of its best known faces and voices.

May 28, 2009 — News Article

CBC AM holds and gains radio listeners by Marke Andrews

For the second straight ratings period, CBC AM leads all Vancouver radio stations in listeners.

May 28, 2009 — News Article

Job cuts continue to decimate local CBC stations by Ted Shaw

Columnist says CBC Windsor will lose some of its best-known personalities to retirement in July.

May 28, 2009 — News Article

BBC's iPlayer numbers revealed by Nate Lanxon

BBC executive says the public broadcaster's online media platform pumps out 12GB of data every second, and seven petabytes (PB) of data every month.

May 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC cuts tied to Conservative ideology - poll by Ish Theilheimer

A new Pollara study commissioned by FRIENDS shows nearly two thirds of respondents believe that Stephen Harper and his government are hostile to the CBC, and that half of them feel he "has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters."

May 27, 2009 — News Article

Public Support for the CBC

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses a major new Pollara study of Canadians' attitudes about and expectations for the CBC.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Les Québécois ne font pas confiance au Premier Ministre Harper en matière de culture

Seule Elizabeth May, chef du Parti vert, inspire moins confiance que Stephen Harper parmi les électeurs québécois à qui on demande à quel chef ils feraient plus confiance pour gérer la culture et l’identité canadiennes et québécoises dans le domaine de la radiodiffusion, selon un nouveau sondage POLLARA dévoilé ce matin.

May 26, 2009 — News Article

Upstart TSN outscores, outclasses HNIC by Roy MacGregor

Columnist says that TSN has outscored CBC in this years NHL hockey coverage.

May 26, 2009 — Opinion Poll

Canadian Attitudes and Expectations Towards Public Broadcasting

According to a new study from POLLARA, the vast majority of Canadian voters hold the CBC in high regard and believe the public broadcaster is underfunded.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Quebecers don't trust Harper on culture

Only Green Party leader Elizabeth May scores lower than Stephen Harper among Quebec voters when asked which federal political party leaders are most trusted to handle culture and Canadian identity in broadcasting, according to a new Pollara survey released this morning.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Most Albertans think CBC is under-funded: poll

A new study reveals most voters in Alberta think CBC funding should be increased and that Prime Minister Harper harbors a hostile agenda toward the national public broadcaster.

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Atlantic Canadians lead CBC fan club

Levels of support and satisfaction with the CBC are higher and more intense among Atlantic Canadians than people in other parts of the country, according to a new national Pollara survey

May 26, 2009 — News Release

Grudge against CBC seen as funding block

A new study finds levels of support and satisfaction with the CBC are high but Canadians believe their national public broadcaster is being starved of funds by a government with a vendetta against it.

May 25, 2009 — News Article

Broadcast standards council not laughing at satirical Radio-Canada show

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council is investigating allegations of "simplistic, belittling, hurtful and prejudicial" segments on Radio-Canada's controversial Bye Bye 2008 New Year's Eve sketch show.

May 22, 2009 — News Article

Former Radio-Canada anchor speaks out against underfunding

Bernard Dérome, the anchor of the Radio-Canada national  newscast for more than three decades, is speaking out against the "dismantling" of the public broadcaster through cuts and underfunding.

May 22, 2009 — News Article

CBC's English-language service to lay off 180 employees next week

CBC will soon lay off up to 180 employees in its English-language service, says Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English Services.

May 22, 2009 — News Article

Le plaidoyer de Bernard Derome

Radio-Canada famed Bernard Derome takes the Harper government to task over its treatment of SRC/CBC on the occasion of receiving the medal of honour of Quebec's National Assembly.

May 19, 2009 — News Article

BBC fears political interference by Steve Clarke

The BBC has warned the politicians likely to form the next British government that their attitude toward the pubcaster's funding risks undermining its political independence.

May 18, 2009 — Blog Post

POLLARA public opinion survey on Canadians' views on the CBC: KEY FINDINGS

Data from a new POLLARA study show the vast majority of Canadian voters hold the CBC in high regard and believe the public broadcaster is underfunded.

May 16, 2009 — News Article

Technology Redefines Canadian Media Landscape by Qin Mei

FRIENDS says both broadcasters and newspapers are currently facing "cyclical change" and "structural change."

May 15, 2009 — News Article

CBC Radio One, Radio 2 juggle schedules

Schedule changes will see local noon programs cut to an hour on CBC Radio One and classical music earlier in the day on Radio 2.

May 15, 2009 — News Article

Francophone fans at mercy of TV giants by Chris Zelkovich

CBC president Hubert Lacroix tells a parliamentary committee that CTV is refusing to compensate Radio-Canada to carry its Olympic coverage to francophones outside Quebec.

May 14, 2009 — News Article

Finnerty leaving CBC's Daybreak by Brendan Kelly

Mike Finnerty has announced that he is leaving the CBC Radio One morning show in Montreal to move back to England to take a job at The Guardian newspaper.

May 13, 2009 — News Article

Canadian broadcasters scale back traditionally glitzy TV promos by Cassandra Szklarski

CTV and CBC are dialing down the glitz on this year's fall launches, which traditionally feature a parade of U.S. stars and lavish parties to promote prime-time plans to advertisers.

May 13, 2009 — News Article

ABC gets record funding boost

Funding for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the 2009-10 budget will increase Australian content and help establish a dedicated ABC children's television channel.

May 12, 2009 — News Article

C4 boss slams BBC for buying U.S. shows by Mimi Turner

the CEO for UK broadcaster Channel 4 chief has slammed the BBC for competing to buy U.S. shows, arguing that the pubcaster should not spend license fee income on U.S. shows.

May 12, 2009 — News Article

When is a cut not a cut? by Marise Strauss

A Heritage Department spokesperson denies that there will be more cuts to the CBC, noting that all government departments must take part in a "strategic review".

May 12, 2009 — News Article

Budget 2009: More Australian stories from ABC and SBS

Australia's public broadcaster is set to get an increase in government funding by $185.3 million.

May 11, 2009 — Policy Brief

Evolution of the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communication

In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS cites a survey that says three-quarters of Canadians believe annual support to the CBC should rise to at least $40 per Canadian per year.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

CBC faces further cuts of up to $56M in 2010

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore misleading the House of Commons Heritage Committee when he guaranteed there would be no cuts to the CBC budget.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

No free pass for CBC on cost-cutting exercise by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS asks whether Minister Moore knew that a funding review was in the works when he gave his guarantee to parliamentarians that the CBC's budget would not be cut.

May 11, 2009 — News Article

CBC to face government cost-cutting exercise: Lacroix

CBC president tells employees that the public broadcaster must find $50 million in its budget that could potentially be cut or redirected.

May 11, 2009 — News Release

New CBC cuts coming

CBC's budget is being reviewed to identify spending cuts of up to 5% or $56 million despite Heritage Minister James Moore's guarantee that the Harper government would not cut CBC's budget.

May 8, 2009 — News Article

Message to CBC employees from CBC President Hubert Lacroix

In a note to staff, Hubert Lacroix says the government has asked the public broadcaster to evaluate all program and spending activities and identify the lowest priorities in terms of carrying out CBC's mandate.

May 8, 2009 — News Article

Save our CBC North campaign

A grassroots campaign has started to stop the reduction of staff at CBC North's headquarters in Sudbury, Ontario.

May 8, 2009 — News Article

With 1.5 Million Downloads, Public Radio Feels the Love From iPhone Users

The Public Radio Tuner allows anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch to listen to more than 300 U.S. public radio station streams.

May 7, 2009 — News Article

Scott Moore combines sports job with media sales and marketing at CBC

Scott Moore is adding management of media sales and marketing to his existing role as executive director of CBC sports.

May 6, 2009 — News Article

Revising our journalistic code by Esther Enkin

CBC's executive editor of news operations says advent of new media platforms has prompted the public broadcaster to review its Journalistic Standards and Practices.

May 6, 2009 — News Article

Balsillie has a powerful ally by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says that in 2007, the NHL leveraged the CBC and newly appointed Executive Vice-President of English Services, Richard Stursberg into giving up too much for little gain to keep the Hockey Night In Canada franchise.

May 6, 2009 — News Article

McGuire named CBC News chief by Gayle MacDonald

CBC Radio veteran Jennifer McGuire has officially been handed the title of general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News.

May 6, 2009 — News Article

Silencing the CBC by Amir Hassanpour

An Associate Professor at the University of Toronto says the current economic crisis provides opponents of public broadcasting with a new opportunity to ensure that the CBC signs off once and for all.

May 4, 2009 — News Article

Search Engine restart by Paul Terefenko

Ontario's public broadcaster TVO picks up 'Search Engine', a technology podcast recently cancelled by the CBC.

May 4, 2009 — News Article

CRTC renews CBC/Radio-Canada licences for one year

The CRTC has renewed all of CBC/Radio-Canada's licences for one year, until 31 August 2010, subject to the same terms and conditions as those contained in the current licences.

May 4, 2009 — News Article

Newman's departure leaves a huge void by Carl Weeks

Broadcaster Don Newman has decided to take a voluntary retirement package offered to CBC staff as a way of reducing the number of layoffs at the network.

May 4, 2009 — News Article

Sudbury shows anger at CBC over nickel-and-diming in regions by Roy MacGregor

The mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury is outraged, angry and frustrated that the CBC is cutting half its staff in his community.

May 3, 2009 — News Article

CBC booze tab sobering reality by Althia Raj

Documents obtained through an access to information request show Senior managers at Radio-Canada expensed more than $1,400 in alcohol during a two-day retreat in 2006.

May 3, 2009 — News Article

A memo to its detractors: CBC TV's never been better by Richard Stursberg

The executive vice-president CBC English services says CBC television may now be entering it's "golden age."

May 2, 2009 — News Article

Emergency resolution on the future of CBC-Radio-Canada

Resolution passed by the Liberal Party at its Vancouver convention regarding the future of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

Tories called 'hostile' to CBC

Liberal and NDP MPs accused the Tories of being more interested in discussing CBC expenses than in helping the broadcaster avoid cuts to local programming.

Apr 30, 2009 — News Article

Talking to Rick Mercer by Tony Lofaro

Rick Mercer says the public broadcaster is trying to be "all things to all people."

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister grilled on CBC funding by Krista Erickson

Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore says the CBC will receive a promised $60 million in funding for special programming this year.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Release Survey on CBC

A new Pollara survey finds that a majority of Canadians support increased funding for the CBC.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

CBC to get its $60 million top-up, Moore tells Committee by Norma Reveler

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed the CBC will once again this year receive about $60 million in top-up funding for Canadian programming.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Are the Conservatives "hostile" towards the CBC? Majority thinks "yes", survey finds

Survey data show six in ten Canadian voters believe that Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative government are "hostile" to the CBC/SRC, and would like to "diminish public broadcasting in Canada"

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Pas plus d'aide d'Ottawa

Heritage Minister James appears before the House of Commons Heritage Committee and fails to persuade opposition MPs and Friends' spokesperson regarding the government's commitment to public broadcasting.

Apr 29, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister tells Committee the CBC will receive its $60 million top-up

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has confirmed the CBC will once again this year receive about $60 million in top-up funding for Canadian programming.

Apr 29, 2009 — Blog Post

Briefing Note: Voters and the CBC

FRIENDS briefs members of the House of Commons Heritage Committee on a new survey which finds strong support for the CBC and widespread belief that the Conservative government is hostile to the public broadcaster.

Apr 28, 2009 — News Article

Former BBCNews.com editor to head CBCNews.ca

Former BBC News editor Rachel Nixon has been appointed director of digital media for CBC News.

Apr 28, 2009 — News Article

CBC bonuses eyed despite layoffs by Althia Raj

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says 553 managers -- or 5% of CBC's overall workforce -- are eligible for "incentive pay," but only if they achieve targets.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC should get same financial relief as other media: Lacroix by Krista Erickson

The president of CBC/Radio-Canada urged MPs to make sure the public broadcaster is not excluded from any financial relief offered to the other broadcast media.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC needs help too, Lacroix tells MPs by Norma Reveler

CBC's president and CEO has renewed calls for a memorandum of understanding with Canadians that would ensure stable, long-term public funding for the CBC in exchange for delivering agreed-upon programming and services.

Apr 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC tries to repackage familiar story by Carol Goar

Richard Stursberg says there is nothing wrong with the CBC's strategy; the problem is that the economy is in a stall and the current funding model for television broadcasting is broken.

Apr 25, 2009 — News Article

Rwanda Suspends BBC Radio Service

The Rwandan government has suspended the British Broadcasting Corporation's local-language radio service in the country saying it threatened the country's national reconciliation.

Apr 24, 2009 — News Article

Get ready for a shakeup in local radio by Randy Shore

Article profiles Vancouver's changing radio landscape that now sees CBC Radio One as the the top rated station.

Apr 23, 2009 — News Article

Barrie tuned out by the CBC by Bob Bruton

FRIENDS says Barrie Ontario isn't getting a CBC Radio One station because the government hasn't given the public broadcaster the funds necessary to make local programming a priority.

Apr 22, 2009 — News Article

CBC bets on comedies with new lineup by Gayle MacDonald

CBC has unveiled its upcoming prime-time schedule features a half-hour show with comedian Ron James, a Juno-esque sitcom and a father-son P.I. show set in Newfoundland.

Apr 22, 2009 — News Article

CBC's ritzy retreats by Althia Raj

Documents released under Access to Information show the CBC spent at least $61,500 on nine meetings between January and June 2006.

Apr 22, 2009 — News Article

Roses cut from CBC by Etan Vlessing

A one-hour drama about warring families in Alberta has been cancelled by the CBC.

Apr 20, 2009 — News Article

Why CBC wants the boring news stuff out of the way by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC executives are really bumping up local news programming so that Coronation Street can air at 6:30 p.m., followed by Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Apr 19, 2009 — News Article

TV bailout bad idea

Editorial says a proposal for public money to flow to private broadcasters - after a government rebuff of an appeal from the CBC - should be buried before it gains momentum.

Apr 18, 2009 — News Article

Save-On-Foods rescues CBC for HD Canucks coverage by Yvonne Zacharias

Save-On-Foods has provided the funds needed for the cash-strapped public broadcaster to broadcast all Vancouver Canuck games in High Definition.

Apr 18, 2009 — News Article

The state of the Canadian broadcasting industry by Adam Bemma

Freelance Journalist interviews FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison on the recent CBC cuts and how the recession is affecting Canada's broadcasting industry.

Apr 18, 2009 — News Article

Pull out all stops to save small TV stations, Barrie MP urges by Bruce Campion-Smith

MP for Barrie says Ottawa should be looking at all options – including new cable fees and an infusion of government advertising – to help ensure the survival of local television stations.

Apr 17, 2009 — News Article

Calgary rally protests CBC job cuts

More than 100 people held a rally outside the CBC building in Calgary to protest planned job cuts by the public broadcaster.

Apr 17, 2009 — News Article

CBC thinks digital in restructuring plan by Etan Vlessing

CBC says it will adopt an "info-now" approach to newsgathering and delivery to meet a growing appetite among young Canadians for breaking news.

Apr 17, 2009 — News Article

Let listeners fund CBC: Report by Mindelle Jacobs

FRIENDS says the parliamentary allocation model for funding the CBC is the most logical. 

Apr 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC to expand supper-hour newscasts despite cuts

The CBC plans to expand several supper-hour local TV newscasts across the country - even as it faces a $7-million budget cut and the loss of 70 staff.

Apr 16, 2009 — News Article

Rally planned outside CBC Calgary as details of cuts emerge

Jennifer McGuire, interim head of news for CBC, says specific announcements of changes to programs and schedules would come later this year and through early 2010.

Apr 15, 2009 — News Article

Maritime Noon: A rural tradition by Geoff Agombar

Columnist calls CBC management's decision to cut 'Maritime Noon' an "attack on rural Canada".

Apr 14, 2009 — Blog Post

Parliamentary Appropriation to the CBC

Data show that claims by the government that the CBC is receiving record levels of public financing and that the Harper government has increased CBC funding every year since coming into office are false.

Apr 14, 2009 — News Article

The CBC season is over. And maybe CBC-TV along with it by John Doyle

Columnist says programming decisions have dragged the public broadcaster back into the centre of the "Whither CBC?" debate.

Apr 14, 2009 — Blog Post

Re: Cuts to the CBC by Mike Bradley

Letter from the Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario urging the Prime Minister to provide bridge financing and increase the parliamentary allocation to Canada's public broadcaster.

Apr 11, 2009 — News Article

Thunder Bay Rally to support CBC by Evelina Pan

Photos from a rally to support the local CBC station in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Apr 9, 2009 — News Article

Fans rally to save their CBC by Tera Camus

More than 200 CBC fans showed up to protest coming job cuts at the corporation's Cape Breton bureau.

Apr 9, 2009 — News Article

CBC wants piece of TV bailout by Bruce Campion-Smith

The cash-strapped CBC, struggling with layoffs and cuts to regional programming, wants a slice of any government funding meant to rescue local newscasts of struggling private broadcasters.

Apr 9, 2009 — News Article

CBC's golden opportunity to cut commercial strings by Wade Rowland

Industry experts says as long as CBC TV continues to find a substantial portion of its operating revenue in advertising, it is doomed to irrelevance and eventual death.

Apr 9, 2009 — News Article

Ceeb needs our support by Jeremy Klaszus

A rally is being planned to protest CBC cuts on April 17 in Calgary.

Apr 9, 2009 — News Article

Time for a really independent CBC

Editorial says the government should change the financing model and governance structure of the CBC so that it becomes an independent public broadcaster.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

New TV fund should be open to all local broadcasters

The Canadian Media Guild says the CBC should have access to a new fund designed to help local television.

Apr 8, 2009 — News Article

Don't ignore CBC while bailing out private broadcasters

ACTRA is concerned by reports that the government is considering bailing out private broadcasters while the CBC is being forced to cut staff and programming.

Apr 7, 2009 — News Article

House of Lords issues warning about BBC by Mimi Turner

Government committee warns the BBC is in danger of becoming the monopoly supplier of programming that commercial broadcasters increasingly can't afford to make.

Apr 7, 2009 — News Article

Rally Wednesday to support CBC's Cape Breton bureau

A group calling itself the Friends of CBC Cape Breton has scheduled a rally in Sydney Nova Scotia to protest the potential loss of local jobs.

Apr 7, 2009 — News Article

Best of CBC worth the price by Catherine Mitchell

Columnist says a public debate is necessary to reaffirm the value of public broadcasting. 

Apr 6, 2009 — News Article

Adbusters wins right to sue broadcasters over TV ads by Fiona Morrow

The B.C. Court of Appeal issued a ruling that allows Adbusters to pursue legal action against the CBC and CanWest Global for refusing to screen its anti-consumerist television ads.

Apr 6, 2009 — News Article

Report calls on BBC to rein in biz ventures by Mimi Turner

A U.K. Parliamentary report says BBC Worldwide, must scale back its commercial operations, share its license fee and exit its investments in overseas production companies and commercial Web sites.

Apr 5, 2009 — News Article

Sask. politician decries loss of CBC program in province's north

A member of the Saskatchewan legislature speaks about the planned closure of the CBC's one-person bureau in La Ronge.

Apr 3, 2009 — News Article

CBC Radio One takes top spot in Vancouver market Fiona Morrow

CBC Radio One has taken the top audience share in the Vancouver radio market for the first time in 20 years.

Apr 3, 2009 — News Article

BBC fined over Russell Brand prank by Mimi Turner

U.K. media regulator Ofcom has fined the BBC £150,000 for its "flawed editorial processes".

Apr 3, 2009 — News Article

What price the CBC? by David Dean

Editorial cites www.friends.ca as a place to connect with other supporters of public broadcasting.

Apr 2, 2009 — News Article

Answers to a few of your questions by Hubert T. Lacroix

In a note to staff, the CBC president says the only way the public broadcaster could avoid staff cuts is with new, additional and permanent public funding.

Apr 2, 2009 — News Article

BBC workers call off strike by Mimi Turner

A planned 24-hour walkout by BBC news journalists has been called off after BBC bosses agreed to negotiations over planned compulsory layoffs.

Apr 2, 2009 — News Article

Save the CBC

Letter sent to the Heritage Minister from the President of the Professional Writers Association of Canada asking the Conservative government to reconsider the "disastrous" treatment of the CBC.

Mar 30, 2009 — News Article

Don't care about the CBC? You should by Dan Leger

Columnist says that unless something changes, hundreds of communities across Canada will shortly lose most, if not all, of their local news coverage.

Mar 28, 2009 — News Article

Figure skating still a priority for CBC Sports by Scott Moore

Scott Moore, Executive Director of CBC Sports, explains the network's decision to cut back on its figure skating coverage.

Mar 28, 2009 — News Article

As it happens, Canada needs the CBC by Licia Corbella

Columnist says Canada needs a publicly funded national broadcaster, since we know private, for-profit outfits simply can't cover small communities across the country.

Mar 28, 2009 — News Article

CBC-TV's single-mom comedy 'Sophie' cancelled due to low ratings

CBC executive says the half-hour comedy "Sophie" is being cancelled due to low ratings.

Mar 28, 2009 — News Article

TV tumult on the Canadian dial by Bruce DeMara, Greg Quill & Raju Mudhar

Article details the issues facing CTV, Global and CBC and possible next steps for each broadcaster.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC needs fix, not death by a thousand cuts by Morley Walker

Columnist says Canada's public broadcaster is too valuable an institution to let wither on the vine.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

Compressions à Radio-Canada - Manque de personnalité

Marie Chouinard writes that in a media environment where the private sector dominates, the Société Radio-Canada (CBC), through its cuts, risks losing its identity.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

In era of layoffs, CBC union boss is wrong to blame government

Editorial says that given the alternatives, reducing staff costs at the CBC appears the right thing to do in order to make its budget.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC producers roll with the punches by Marise Strauss

The makers of Little Mosque on the Prairie and The Border say that despite CBC reductions, their shows will not suffer in terms of production value and will not lose any staff.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC Maritime Noon

Listener talkback to CBC's Maritime Noon regarding CBC's plan to cut the program in half.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

Specialty, pay TV channels profitable in Canada

Data show that while while conventional television broadcasters slash staff and close stations, Canada's specialty and pay TV operators are in solid health.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

Body blows to amateur sports fly in the face of CBC's mandate by Chris Zelkovich

CBC executives say that "there will be reduction or elimination" in coverage of figure skating, skiing, aquatics, athletics and CONCACAF soccer.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC cutbacks swing a wide axe by Greg Quill and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS says cuts at the CBC will result in the regions becoming  hinterland, receiving programming from a centralized operation, rather than places where their own stories can be told.

Mar 27, 2009 — News Article

CBC slashes funding for prime-time shows by James Bradshaw

CBC prime-time shows The Border, Being Erica and Little Mosque on the Prairie are being told to produce fewer episodes this season.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

CBC may face deeper cutbacks: CEO by Brendan Kelly and Chris Cobb

CBC president says there might be more major cutbacks to come if the corporation is unable to successfully sell $125 million worth of assets.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

CBC cuts hit news, drama, sports, radio

CBC English Services plans to cut up to 80 positions from its news division and 313 from sports, entertainment, current affairs, sales and support as part of its efforts to make up a $171-million shortfall.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

CBC cuts hit city hard by Brendan Kelly and Kevin Dougherty

260 jobs will be eliminated from the Montreal staff of Radio-Canada, the French-language service of CBC.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

Maritime Noon chopped to hour-long phone-in show in CBC cuts

CBC executives say regional stations in Sydney, N.S., Saint John and Moncton, N.B. will lose between three and seven full-time positions.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

'Simpsons' among CBC's casualties by Etan Vlessing

CBC says it will cancel "The Simpsons" and "The Martha Stewart Show" in a cost-cutting maneuver.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

Speaking Notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

CBC President says if the public broadcaster can't sell off $125 million in assets, CBC management "will have to consider taking drastic action that would compromise the very services we deliver to Canadians".

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

Reruns on tap as CBC cuts by Bruce Campion-Smith and Greg Quill

Canadians will see fewer regional programs and more reruns in the wake of the CBC's plans to slash 800 jobs.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

MPs query watchdog over crisis in TV industry by Grant Robertson

MPs criticize the CRTC for not moving quickly enough to address problems in the television industry that could cause several cities to lose local TV service.

Mar 26, 2009 — News Article

CBC to cut 800 jobs, sell assets by James Bradshaw

CBC will cut about 800 jobs in an effort to save $171-million amid a flagging economy that has seen advertising revenues plummet.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Release

Local broadcasting fading to black with CBC cuts

FRIENDS says an 8% cut to the CBC workforce will diminish the quality and quantity of local programming on the public broadcaster.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

'Painful decisions' ahead as CBC steels to slash 800 jobs by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says regional and local CBC programming will be hit hard by budget cuts.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada outlines 2009-2010 business plan; announces layoffs

CBC announces major cuts to services, programs and people in order to bridge a $171 million financial shortfall in 2009-2010.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC to cut up to 800 jobs, sell assets

FRIENDS says Canadians will be upset when they see cuts to CBC's local and regional programming implemented.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC Town Hall Meeting

Live Blog of Town Hall event where CBC executives lay out a plan to deal with a $171 million budgetary shortfall.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC-Radio-Canada: Liberals denounce Conservative inaction

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says Conservative inaction has forced CBC to make difficult decisions that will have disastrous consequences on its ability to carry out its national mandate.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

Ignatieff pushes Harper to support CBC

Liberal and Conservative MPs debate public broadcasting support during question period.

Mar 25, 2009 — News Article

Job and drama cuts at CBC by Marise Strauss

800 jobs losses represent roughly 10% of the CBC's workforce and break down to some 393 positions on the English side, 336 at Radio-Canada and 70 corporate positions.

Mar 24, 2009 — News Article

BBC warns staff over strike action by Mimi Turner

The BBC has warned staffers that they will not be paid if they refuse to cross picket lines during two days of planned strike action in April.

Mar 24, 2009 — News Article

FOX News scrapes bottom by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says insensitive remarks on American cable news about Canada's role in Afghanistan reenforce the need for a strong public broadcaster in Canada.

Mar 24, 2009 — News Article

Up to 600 jobs on block as CBC faces shortfall by Bruce Campion-Smith

FRIENDS says that facing an estimated $65 - $100 million shortfall, it's almost certain that CBC local programming nationwide will take a hit.

Mar 23, 2009 — News Article

Debate on CBC is English-only, so far by Chantal Hebert

Columnist says hanging Radio-Canada and the CBC out to dry is one more sign that the Conservatives have given up on Quebec in the next election.

Mar 23, 2009 — News Article

Focus, people: Saving local TV is the top priority by John Doyle

Columnist says then the government's TV industry policy priority should be the application of fee-for-carriage in order to keep local TV stations viable and thriving.

Mar 23, 2009 — News Article

CBC's highest earners should take pay cuts to help their peers By Charlie Smith

Former CBC employee says that public broadcaster's highest paid staff should be willing to make sacrifices to address the budget shortfall.

Mar 23, 2009 — News Article

Saving local TV and the CBC by Ian Morrison, Peter Murdoch And Steve Waddell

Op-ed says CBC should reduce ads on TV in exchange for stable, long-term funding; but, this is not a new idea...

Mar 23, 2009 — News Article

Byzantine turf warfare at the CBC by Robert Fulford

Columnist says that the CBC is a political hot-potato and there would be as much trouble for a government that increases the public broadcaster's budget to one that cuts it.

Mar 22, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister sees modernization of arts, culture funding by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Heritage Minister says he'd like television broadcasters to take a hard look at the horizon and reflect on what's broken with their business plans.

Mar 21, 2009 — News Article

At Issue is the CBC

Video of The National's "At Issue" panel talking about the financial problems facing Canada's public Broadcaster.

Mar 21, 2009 — News Article

The CBC provides a service Canadians want by Kirstine Layfield

The executive director of programming for CBC Television says success for a public broadcaster must be measured by the extent to which the public supports and endorses its programs.

Mar 20, 2009 — Blog Post

Advertising on CBC Radio

CBC form letter in response to a message protesting the possible inclusion of commercials on CBC Radio.

Mar 20, 2009 — News Article

A future for the CBC: multi-channel, subscription-based by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says subscription fees should be used to remove advertising from CBC TV.

Mar 20, 2009 — News Article

Sask. minister slams CBC over interview with Mountie-killer by Lori Coolican and Angela Hall

The Saskatchewan Justice Minister is accusing the CBC of "needless sensationalism" for its plan to broadcast an interview with a convicted Mountie-killer.

Mar 20, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister at odds with CBC over funding

Heritage Minister James Moore says he has never been approached by the CBC for an emergency advance on future federal funding — a statement disputed by the public broadcaster.

Mar 20, 2009 — News Article

The CBC is Canada's eyes and ears by Curt Petrovich

Radio reporter says that "more than ever in this age of opinion-fuelled bloggers, specialty channels and PVRs, Canada needs the CBC".

Mar 20, 2009 — News Article

CBC plan for cuts gets poor reception by James Bradshaw

The head of the CBC's largest union says the 50-per-cent reduction in bonuses for executives doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice compared to what unionized staff are facing.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

A new model for CBC Radio: NPR of the North by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Former National Public Radio vice-president says Canada should look to the U.S. for a new model for public broadcasting.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

CBC should emphasize service, not ratings, says former chair by Ian Bailey and Caroline Alphonso

CBC's former chair says the crisis facing the CBC offers the public broadcaster a chance to refocus and separate itself from private stations, making it less reliant on ratings.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Rad-Can urged to fine-tune design plan by Linda Gyulai

A report by Montreal's public-consultation office concludes a $1.6-billion plan to redevelop Radio-Canada's campus should include more social housing.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

CBRM asks public to help keep local CBC by Tera Camus

Representatives of Cape Breton Regional Municipality are urging the public to pressure the CBC to keep its Sydney Nova Scotia station open.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister urged to implement all-party report on CBC

In and open letter to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore,  the Canadian Media Guild says the CBC should be adequately funded so that it is able to reduce its reliance on commercial revenue.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

Bad TV isn't a crime, but why should I have to pay for the CBC to produce it? by Theo Caldwell

The president of Caldwell Asset Management says there is a place for public broadcasting, but in its current form, the CBC does not fill it.

Mar 19, 2009 — News Article

CBC exec bonuses stirs union, employee anger

CBC executives will receive half their yearly bonuses despite thousands of employees bracing for layoffs.

Mar 18, 2009 — Blog Post

Ads on CBC Radio - Who do you believe?

CBC's management and the Conservative government have demonstrated a pattern of contradicting themselves on the fundamental issue of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

CBC not considering ads on the radio, spokesman insists

CBC spokesman says the that details of a newly approved budget will be revealed by month's end.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

Salaries of CBC executives to be frozen

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says that the public broadcaster will freeze executives' salaries and slash their bonuses in half.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

Update on Board meeting, and town-hall planned for March 25th by Hubert T. Lacroix

Letter from CBC's president updating staff on the recent board of directors meeting.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

CBC execs are high flyers by Peter Zimonjic

Documents obtained through Access to Information show board members of the CBC regularly flying executive class on short haul flights inside Canada.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

Canadians divided on extra help for CBC

A Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found that half of respondents were in favour of the Conservative government providing bridge financing to the public broadcaster, while 41 per cent opposed the idea.

Mar 18, 2009 — News Article

CBC won't air ads on radio programming by Tu Thanh Ha and James Bradshaw

CBC spokesman says "Ads on radio are not currently among the things that are being looked at."

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Charlie Angus: The CBC needs an overhaul, but not the kind James Moore wants by Charlie Angus

The NDP heritage critic says CBC's current financial crisis should be used as an opportunity to refocus the national broadcaster on news, drama and documentaries with less reliance on advertising.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Only conservatism can lead Canada forward by Stephen Harper

The Prime Minister makes a critical reference to the CBC in a speech to a conservative think-tank.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Showdown for CBC by Greg Weston

Columnist says the CBC is heading into a potentially historic showdown with the Conservative government in a clash over cash that may well reshape public broadcasting in this country forever.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Is this the real Harper?

Editorial suggests that a highly partisan speech given to Conservative faithful - that includes a snide reference to the CBC - reflects the real Stephen Harper.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Annual Report to the CRTC

CBC English Television's report to the CRTC for the 2007/2008 Broadcast Year.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

600-1,200 CBC job cuts expected by Althia Raj

FRIENDS applauds the Heritage Minster's comments that the CBC needs to "stop chasing revenues and eyeballs," but says it is unlikely the Minister is controlling the purse-strings on this file.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Minister disappointed at delay of CBC meeting by Mike Blanchfield

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore says that ads on public radio go against CBC "tradition" and would hurt private radio, which is also competing for scarce advertising dollars.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Tories switching channels on CBC status quo by Don Martin

Columnist says that the Conservative government will use the CBC's current financial problems to restructure the public broadcaster into a model more to their liking.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Trebek defends Jeopardy! on the CBC by James Bradshaw

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek voices concern over the possibility of politicians influencing programming decisions on Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 17, 2009 — News Article

Tear it all down by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says the CBC has a left-wing bias and the government should "pull down its office buildings and stations and pour salt in their foundations".

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Elitists need a network to call their own by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says there are two arguable justifications for public broadcasting in Canada: cultural nationalism and intellectual elitism.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Online campaign warns of ads on CBC Radio

FRIENDS says the CBC Board is likely looking at deep cuts to staff and programming and introducing ads to CBC Radio to address financial woes.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

We need the ceeb by Robert Cushman

Columnist says the CBC needs to be funded to a high standard, and then held to it.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC criticized for amount of American TV by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the CBC's revenue shortfall springs equally from the recession and the public broadcaster having overpaid for American game shows that did not meet "rosy" sales projections.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Stephen Harper's hidden agenda for the CBC by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS tracks Stephen Harper's comments on public broadcasting and cultural sovereignty over the years.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Ads on CBC Radio?

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minister James Moore, on investing in Canadian culture

The Heritage Minister discusses funding for the CBC, Canadian content and the potential of ads on CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

Commercials back on CBC Radio? by Crawford Kilian

Article references FRIENDS' campaign to keep ads off CBC Radio.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC approves budget; cuts expected

The CBC's board of directors, faced with a possible $200-million shortfall, has approved a budget for the coming year that includes deep cuts.

Mar 16, 2009 — News Article

CBC pulls plug on meeting with Heritage Minister by Daniel LeBlanc

The CBC has abruptly cancelled a scheduled meeting with Heritage Minister James Moore, acknowledging the planned encounter fuelled perception of political interference.

Mar 15, 2009 — News Article

Event: Couchiching Roundtable - The Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada

The President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada to speak about the Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada.

Mar 15, 2009 — News Article

Pay TV: Funding the CBC by Sarah Barmak

FRIENDS says that if public investment replaced ad revenue on CBC television, it would help private sector television operators who are in financial difficulty.

Mar 14, 2009 — News Article

CBC: A medium dragged down by the masses by George Jonas

Writer and former CBC producer says "trying to be everything to everyone, CBC-TV ended up being nothing to anyone."

Mar 14, 2009 — News Article

CBC: Opportunities waiting to be seized by Conrad Black

Conrad Black says that if professionally approached, CBC could become a first class national and international voice in public broadcasting.

Mar 13, 2009 — News Article

A beleaguered CBC should ask itself: Who cares? by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says CBC's "popularization" strategy has alienated core audiences, and exchanged them for audiences for whom CBC is just one choice among many, and therefore not worth fighting for in difficult times.

Mar 13, 2009 — News Article

CBC tunes in to new reality by Craig Offman

FRIENDS says the CBC should follow the BBC model in which the board of directors, composed of TV veterans, nominates the president, who reports back to the board.

Mar 12, 2009 — Ad Campaign

CBC, according to Stephen Harper

Series of Public Service Announcements illustrate what Harper's vision of CBC Radio might sound like.

Mar 12, 2009 — News Article

The Canada Media Fund

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of amalgamating the Canadian Television Fund, the Canada New Media Fund and Aboriginal Television fund.

Mar 11, 2009 — News Article

In these grim times, we need local TV coverage more than ever by John Doyle

Columnist says the optics of the CBC's plight would be improved if it committed itself to local coverage when commercial broadcasters are balking at the cost and their regulatory requirements.

Mar 11, 2009 — News Article

CRTC calls CBC on the carpet for bold(ness)

The CRTC will hold a public hearing to determine whether the way that CBC re-branded specialty channel 'Country Canada' to 'bold' has negatively impacted "the integrity of the licensing process".

Mar 10, 2009 — News Article

Blended media fund puts priority on digital entertainment by James Bradshaw

Columnist says new rules will see CBC having to compete for a share of funds in the amalgamation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canada New Media Fund and Aboriginal Television fund.

Mar 10, 2009 — News Article

No extra dough for CBC by Greg Quill

Heritage Minister James Moore says the government will not provide bridge financing to the CBC.

Mar 9, 2009 — Blog Post

RE: I oppose commercials on CBC Radio

Email from Anita Neville, MP to a Winnipeg South Centre constituent saying the Liberal Party will "do its part to ensure that advertising is not aired on public radio".

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Channel 4 execs offer to take pay cuts by Mimi Turner

Channel 4 executives have offered to take pay cuts amounting to as much as 35%, as the publicly owned U.K. broadcaster seeks additional funding.

Mar 9, 2009 — News Article

Time for CBC bigwigs to step up and take a pay cut by John Doyle

Columnist says CBC should follow the example of the Irish national broadcaster and institute staff pay cuts.

Mar 5, 2009 — News Article

Don't strangle the CBC

The union that represents 1,500 Radio-Canada and CBC employees in Québec and Moncton says the Harper government must provide adequate funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, even in these difficult times.

Mar 5, 2009 — News Article

The right man for the job by Gerry Nicholls

In an excerpt from his book, the former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition says Stephen Harper was appointed to the organization's top job in 1997 because he fit the criteria of viewing the CBC as a "socialist-run boondoggle".

Mar 4, 2009 — News Article

Drama queens at the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist contrasts how the current economic crisis is being covered by CTV and CBC newscasts.

Mar 3, 2009 — News Article

CBC can't have it both ways by John Doyle

Columnist says if CBC executives wants to go 'Hollywood', then it's not entitled to special treatment, but if it's a public broadcaster, then a case can be made for government support.

Mar 2, 2009 — News Article

Guild looking for answers from CBC by Marise Strauss

The Canadian Media Guild is "seeking clarifications" from the CBC's management, saying that it has not been notified of layoffs and had been assured no decisions have been made.

Feb 28, 2009 — News Article

Rae slams Tories over CBC by Richard J. Brennan

Liberal MP Bob Rae says the Conservative government is using the recession as cover to gut the CBC.

Feb 27, 2009 — News Article

Coyne v. Wells: On the sad state of the media business

Video Blog post on the challenges facing the media business in Canada.

Feb 27, 2009 — News Article

Looming cuts would shake CBC to its core by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says it is doubtful whether Canadian taxpayers would be willing to pay for a public broadcaster that carries American TV shows and commercialized radio.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Funding shortfall would force CBC to consider more U.S. shows by Joe Friesen and Guy Dixon

CBC president says senior management at the public broadcaster is looking at options that "would substantially change the very nature of our service to Canadians."

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Tories tune out CBC bailout by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says possible cuts to CBC programs and less regional content would result in more of a Toronto broadcasting corporation than a Canadian broadcasting corporation.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Creating a Space for Canadian Voices in a Chaotic Media Landscape by Hubert T. Lacroix

Speaking Notes for Hubert T. Lacroix, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBC/Radio-Canada, to the Empire Club of Canada.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Hubert Lacroix radio interview on CBC's financial challenges

The president of CBC/Radio-Canada says ads on CBC Radio are "on the table."

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Lacroix warns of reductions at CBC by Etan Vlessing

CBC president says he is considering introducing more American programming into television schedules, downgrading or selling parts of TV or radio services, increasing on-air advertising, or closing local stations.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

No more money for CBC, say Feds

FRIENDS say the gamble by CBC executives to purchase expensive U.S. TV shows hasn't paid off.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

CBC 2.0 at the CRTC Hearings on New Media by Gregory Taylor

CBC executives say Internet Service Providers have become broadcasting distributors, and as such, should be required to contribute to program funding.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

U.S. groups eye U.K. TV venture by Steve Clarke

Columnist says there is mounting speculation that U.S. media groups are interested in collaborating in a new U.K pubcaster that would merge Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

PMO tells CBC to 'adapt' to fewer ads by Michael McKiernan

A spokesman for the Prime Minister says "The CBC cannot be insulated from all market realities." after executives at the public broadcaster floated the idea of a bridge loan to cover a sharp drop in ad revenue.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Government bailout unlikely for CBC by Joe Friesen, Guy Dixon and Daniel LeBlanc

The Conservative government has signaled it would not bail out the CBC after the public broadcaster asked for help to compensate for a drop in advertising revenue.

Feb 26, 2009 — News Article

Strategy to buy U.S. TV programs works, CBC says by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says a CBC revenue shortfall is as high as $125 million, and that watertight, multi-year acquisition of American shows have contributed to the corporation's woes.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

Financially hit CBC wants help from Ottawa to stave off possible cuts

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay says the public broadcaster wants Ottawa to provide immediate relief for a budgetary shortfall expected in 2009-2010 but he dismissed suggestions that bridge financing would amount to a handout.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC's The Border sold to U.S. cable channel by Guy Dixon

The CBC espionage series The Border has been sold to American cable network ION TV, which will have exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the show.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC not looking for government handouts — Lacroix

CBC brass is denying a report that it's asking the federal government for help, but admits the corporation could soon be in a deficit position.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

CBC faces $65-million revenue shortfall by Guy Dixon

CBC senior management says it is having to consider job cuts and changes to its services and programming to manage a revenue shortfall.

Feb 25, 2009 — News Article

Stumbling CBC seeks federal help by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says a CBC revenue shortfall is likely caused by the decision to purchase several expensive U.S. TV properties, including Jeopardy, Wheel Of Fortune and The Martha Stewart Show.

Feb 24, 2009 — News Article

CBC May Seek Bridge Financing from Feds by Paul Mcgrath

Richard Stursberg, CBC's Executive Vice-President, English Services, says advertising revenue has fallen "off a cliff," and the CBC is considering asking the government for bridge financing to weather the recession.

Feb 23, 2009 — News Article

Update to CBC staff on financial challenges by Hubert Lacroix

CBC President Hubert Lacroix's internal memo to all employees on the corporation's financial challenges.

Feb 22, 2009 — News Article

CBC wants more by Greg Weston

In a note to staff, CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he is looking at alternatives to address a budget shortfall "including the sale of some of our assets."

Feb 20, 2009 — News Article

Keep CBC radio ad-free

Letter to the Editor says the government should increase funding to the CBC, rather than allowing ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 18, 2009 — News Article

Being Erica struggling in new time-slot by Alex Strachan

Viewer data show that the CBC-TV decision to move 'Being Erica' to a Wednesday time-slot hasn't worked.

Feb 17, 2009 — News Article

Major Canadian government assets could be sold by Andrew Mayeda

Columnist says that a Harper government review that may lead to the sale or privatization of several well-known Crown corporations could become a political minefield when expanded to include the CBC.

Feb 12, 2009 — News Article

Native chiefs: CBC website racist forum by Steve Lambert

Manitoba aboriginal leaders charge the CBC has failed to police its website and has given racists a forum to spew hatred.

Feb 12, 2009 — News Article

Conservatives "open" to idea of CBC Radio ads by Crawford Kilian

FRIENDS says Heritage Minister James Moore may have blurted out more than he intended when saying he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 12, 2009 — News Article

Ads on CBC Radio

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the possible implications of placing ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

Call in program on possible ads on CBC Radio

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, takes part in a call-in radio show on the Conservative government's openness to allow the commercialization of CBC Radio.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

The Facts - Ads on radio

CBC/Radio-Canada says it is not currently considering putting ads on CBC Radio but is looking for 'financial flexibility' to offset a revenue shortfall from TV operations.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

Money squeeze forces CBC to cancel 2 shows by Greg Quill

A day after the federal government rejected pleas for financial assistance, CBC cancels Steven & Chris and Fashion File.

Feb 11, 2009 — News Article

CBC Radio ads not ruled out: Minister by Guy Dixon and James Bradshaw

NDP Heritage critic says Minister James Moore "revealed his government's inclination to support the introduction of commercials on CBC Radio."

Feb 10, 2009 — News Article

Minister suggests Ottawa open to CBC radio ads by Greg Quill

FRIENDS says that if the government and CBC executives are considering putting ads on CBC Radio they can expect a firestorm of protest.

Feb 10, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister defends Tory cuts to arts funding by Juliet O'Neill and Chris Cobb

Heritage Minister James Moore says that commercial advertising on CBC Radio should be be considered if the public broadcaster needs extra cash to to dig itself out of a financial hole.

Feb 9, 2009 — News Article

Heritage Minster on the commercialization of the CBC

Responding to a question from Charlie Angus, the NDP Heritage Critic, Minister Moore says he would consider putting ads on CBC Radio.

Feb 4, 2009 — News Article

CBC.ca is tops for buzz in Canada by Dustin Plett

A new study says CBC.ca is the number one ranked news website in Canada for buzz generated from its online content.

Feb 3, 2009 — News Article

CBC broadcaster Russ Germain dies at 62 by Jessica Wong

Longtime CBC broadcaster Russ Germain, former host of flagship radio news programs World Report and The World at Six, has died at the age of 62.

Feb 2, 2009 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada and Canadian Media Guild sign historic deal

Members of the Canadian Media Guild have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new five-year collective agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada.

Feb 2, 2009 — News Article

Channel 4 freezes pay, bonuses by Steve Clarke

U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4 has implemented a pay freeze for all staff, and top executives will not receive bonuses this year.

Feb 2, 2009 — News Article

Is CBC choosing froth over the fifth estate? by John Doyle

Columnist says a timeslot shuffle make it look like CBC-TV is hiding its "public" broadcasting face in order to give a desperate boost to programming that is undistinguishable from "commercial" TV fare.

Jan 29, 2009 — News Article

U.K. to create distribution giant by Steve Clarke

Reports indicate the U.K. government is leaning heavily towards the creation of a British TV distribution giant from a tie-up between the two public broadcaster, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Jan 28, 2009 — News Article

NHK going 24/7 with English news by Gavin J. Blair

Japan's public broadcaster is relaunching its NHK World channel as a 24-hour English-language news service in a bid to create an Asian counterpart to Al Jazeera, the BBC and CNN.

Jan 27, 2009 — Blog Post

RE: Ad-free? Only in France

Letter to the Editor, Globe and Mail - FRIENDS says that despite claims that there is little appetite to increase resources to the CBC, a majority report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommends that Parliament "increase the appropriations it gives the public broadcaster, from $33 per capita to $40 per capita a year over the next seven years".

Jan 26, 2009 — News Article

BBC Assailed for Refusing to Carry Gaza Appeal by John F. Burns

Demonstrators have conducted a sit-in at BBC headquarters to protest the broadcaster's refusal to carry a video appeal for relief aid for Gazans.

Jan 23, 2009 — News Article

A renewal for CBC News by Jennifer McGuire

The interim publisher of CBC News says the public broadcaster has started a renewal initiative with the goal to make news programming better and more relevant to Canadians.

Jan 23, 2009 — News Article

Ad-free? Only in France by Susan Sachs

Columnist says there is very little appetite in Canada to follow the model in France and remove commercials from prime-time television.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada launches study to evaluate breadth and depth of its news coverage

CBC/Radio-Canada has announced a study to evaluate the breadth and depth of its news content and to gauge Canadians' expectations of the public broadcaster's news services.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

Taxpayers aren't paying the bill

CBC Media Relations calls CBC Television a "publcly-subsidized commercial network."

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

Chinese censors pull plug on Obama by Bill Schiller

Censors at China's state owned broadcaster hastily cut the feed to U.S. President Barack Obama's inaugural speech when 'communism' was mentioned.

Jan 22, 2009 — News Article

What I learned about the world by watching TV in Cuba by Russell Smith

Columnist explores the differences in TV watching between Canada and communist Cuba.

Jan 21, 2009 — Blog Post

CBC Television service in the Comox Valley

Email from John Duncan, MP to a Vancouver Island North constituent regarding the availability of "over-air" access to CBC television in the Comox Valley since the transmission tower was destroyed.

Jan 21, 2009 — News Article

Heritage minister promises no cuts to culture funding

In response to public pressure, including from FRIENDS, Heritage Minister James Moore has promised not to cut the CBC's parliamentary grant by $200 million in the upcoming budget. �

Jan 20, 2009 — News Article

NHL television audiences on upswing by William Houston

Columnist says TV audiences for pro hockey are up 17 percent this year on TSN and 4 percent on CBC.

Jan 20, 2009 — News Article

CBC Ottawa's managing editor no longer with the public broadcaster

Article says it is unclear whether veteran newsman George Hoff has left the CBC or been let go as the Ottawa bureau's managing editor.

Jan 20, 2009 — News Article

Channel 4 pledges $7 bil investment by Mimi Turner

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 says it will invest as much as $7 billion in creative content over the next decade if it secures investment to support its public service mission.

Jan 20, 2009 — News Article

Radio listeners load up Cancon on Obama's iPod

CBC Radio 2 listeners have selected the top 49 Canadian songs that best defined the country's image for Barack Obama.

Jan 19, 2009 — News Article

CBC mistake 'horrifying' by Rod Allen

Assistant managing editor questions CBC's handling of a disqualified contestant on its reality TV program 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister."

Jan 16, 2009 — News Article

How to fix the CBC: Why the Ceeb needs to take heed by Ben Kaplan

Industry professionals offer advice on how to improved Canada's public broadcaster.

Jan 16, 2009 — News Article

Trebek fronts Next PM by Marise Strauss

CBC has tapped Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek to host the upcoming installment of its one-hour special Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.

Jan 16, 2009 — News Article

Review of English and French language broadcasting services in official language minority communities by Graham Fraser

The Commissioner of Official Languages says the CRTC and the federal government should contribute to strengthening the CBC's role in producing regional programming in both official languages.

Jan 15, 2009 — News Article

Fictional blogs keep TV storylines alive on web for dedicated fans

CBC programs are using fictional blog entries to extend storylines from the TV broadcast to the Internet, or the other way around.

Jan 15, 2009 — News Article

The New Corps At The Mother Corp by Robert Cushman

Article profiles two new CBC TV dramas, Being Erica and Wild Roses.

Jan 15, 2009 — News Article

CBC ends affiliation with Jays by Chris Zelkovich

CBC executive says the public broadcaster couldn't make televised professional baseball work financially in tough economic times.

Jan 14, 2009 — News Article

CBC's Obama's Playlist could be hit by Morley Walker

Columnist says a CBC Radio Two promotion to help the incoming U.S. President learn about Canada though music may be a bright spot in an otherwise rocky transition from classical music.

Jan 14, 2009 — News Article

Who wants to be PM? Not many by Guy Dixon

Columnist says CBC producers had to resort to cold-calling potential contestants for its reality series 'Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.'

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

Arts funding is safe, Moore says by James Bradshaw

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore is preaching sustained cultural funding, saying the CBC's budget is safe and the Conservatives intend to deliver on their election promises despite the financial downturn.

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

Anglos can't be smug by Don MacPherson

Columnist says that in spite of a mandate to promote national unity, CBC's English and French-speaking divisions are firing insults across the language fence for profit.

Jan 13, 2009 — News Article

Nanos poll on Canada's federal budget

A new Nanos Research poll suggests Canadians want an economic stimulus package that puts investment in public services at the top of the federal agenda.

Jan 12, 2009 — News Article

BBC chief supports merger plan by Steve Clarke

In a bid to avoid sharing license fees, BBC director general Mark Thompson is backing a proposed merger between public broadcaster Channel 4 and commercial broadcaster web Five.

Jan 12, 2009 — News Article

Trash TV: Say bye-bye to Bye Bye by Lysiane Gagnon

Columnist notes that all sketches for a controversial New Year's eve program were vetted by Radio-Canada's brass days before they went on air.

Jan 8, 2009 — Blog Post

CBC Radio 2 letter

Correspondence between Chief of Staff to CBC President and a Friends' supporter regarding Radio 2 and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 7, 2009 — News Article

Being Erica's Innovative Web Strategy

The producers of CBC's 'Being Erica' are using social media tools on the internet to extend and promote the show.

Jan 7, 2009 — News Article

Radio-Canada crosses line with race-based satire by Les Perreaux

Columnist says that Radio-Canada's New Year's Eve prime-time variety show known as the Bye Bye crossed the line with gags such as the assassination of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.

Jan 6, 2009 — News Article

CBC comedy "Erica" off to strong start by Etan Vlessing

According to BBM Nielsen Media Research, the CBC's new comedy 'Being Erica' had 575,000 viewers for its pilot episode.

Jan 6, 2009 — News Article

Left adrift by the CBC by Grant Gordon

Vancouver Island citizen says the CBC is leaving many people with no window to Canada and the world with the decision not to replace a communications tower.

Jan 5, 2009 — Blog Post

Impact of a $200 Million Cut on CBC's Services

A memo to the FRIENDS Steering Committee describes scenarios by which CBC management could cut services if a Conservative Party plan to slash the public broadcaster's Parliamentary allocation by $200 million were to be implemented.

Jan 5, 2009 — News Article

French TV ditches prime-time ads

French viewers have for the first time watched prime-time television without advert breaks, as President Nicolas Sarkozy's media reforms get under way.

Jan 3, 2009 — News Article

Cultural resolutions: bigger, better, closer, stronger by Rob Salem

Columnist offers suggestions to Canadian television networks for 2009.