All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2010

Dec 30, 2010 — News Article


CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix tells a parliamentary committee that Sun Media has used its papers to "smear the public broadcaster" by publishing disparaging stories about the expenses of CBC senior management.

Dec 29, 2010 — News Article

CBC keeps chats with minister under wraps by Brian Lilley

Senior Correspondent for Sun Media's National Bureau says the CBC has deemed that virtually all correspondence between the broadcaster and the government minister it reports to is off limits to the public.

Dec 24, 2010 — News Article

Regulator approves gov't sale of SCN

The CRTC has approved the sale of Saskatchewan Communications Network, for 20 years the province's government-owned educational broadcaster, to an Ontario firm called Bluepoint Investments.

Dec 23, 2010 — News Article

CRTC approves SCN sale to Bluepoint

Bluepoint Investment Corp. has been granted permission by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to buy SCN, Saskatchewan's publicly owned TV channel.

Dec 22, 2010 — News Article

Idea #3: Let's You and Me Transform the CBC by Steve Anderson

Columnist says is people believe in the potential of public media in a digital era, it's their responsibility to do their part to ensure that potential is realized.

Dec 20, 2010 — News Article

Digging for dirt on the CBC by Martin Patriquin

Columnist says it’s a sensible to have an exclusion to the Access to Information Act that allows CBC to protect its journalistic sources and commercial interests, but Michel Drapeau believes the corporation has used it as an excuse to avoid disclosing potentially embarrassing information.

Dec 20, 2010 — News Article

I Love CBC petition aims to save the CBC by Michelle de Silva

FRIENDS has launched a petition to re-affirm the importance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Dec 20, 2010 — News Article

Del Mastro Talks CBC by Pamela VanMeer

Reporter says Peterborough M.P. Dean Del Mastro is firing back at FRIENDS, saying his comments were taken out of context.

Dec 13, 2010 — News Article

CBC staff well paid by you by Brian Lilley

Columnist says CBC employees earn on average 39% more than the average Canadian, according to information obtained through access to information about the state broadcaster.

Dec 10, 2010 — News Article

Tell Congress: Don't cave to Sarah Palin (& her Demand + Other Right-Wingers) to Defund National Public Radio by League of Conservation Voters

Advocacy organization says NPR is one of the few mainstream media outlets to report on the science of global warming and urges its supporters to sign a petition asking congress to maintain NPR's funding.

Dec 10, 2010 — News Article

MP wants to quiz CBC bosses by Brian Lilley

Paul Calandra has tabled a motion to have the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee, “study access to information at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.”

Dec 8, 2010 — News Article

Quebecor smearing CBC: president

CBC president Hubert Lacroix has taken aim at competitor Quebecor Inc., alleging the company is using its journalists to "smear" the public broadcaster in the media and in the courts.

Dec 7, 2010 — News Article

CBC boss takes aim at Quebecor on access-to-information fight by Jennifer Ditchburn

BC boss Hubert Lacroix takes at competitor Quebecor Inc., alleging the company is using its journalists to ''smear'' the public broad-caster in the media and in the courts.

Dec 6, 2010 — News Article

Question Period discussion on the CBC

Heritage Minister James Moore is asked to disavow comments by his Parliamentary Secretary in regards to cutting all funding to the CBC.

Dec 6, 2010 — News Article

Producers/CBC respond to Wikileaks cable comments on Border/Little Mosque by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says producers are stunned after Wikileaks pointed to discussions between the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and the State Department about the CBC series and their portrayals of U.S. border agents.

Dec 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC at 75 by Coco Cabrera

Columnist says that at 75 years of age, the CBC has become for­get­ful and some­times con­fused, forc­ing the Harper gov­ern­ment to con­front tough deci­sions about its care.

Dec 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC uses taxpayers' dollars to fight court cases to prevent us from learning how it is spending some of our tax dollars by W.T. Stanbury

Regarding complaints against the CBC under the Access to Information Act, FRIENDS says there should be the same kind of transparency that exists as for a department within the Canadian Government.

Dec 4, 2010 — News Article

CBC execs got big bonuses amid job cuts by Brian Lilley

Columnist says in the past fiscal year, CBC's top 10 executives split $778,799, with individual bonuses ranging from $22,649 to $132,791.

Dec 3, 2010 — News Article

Pursuing MLSE a survival strategy for Rogers by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says for an unprecedented second consecutive quarter in the United States, cable TV subscriptions have declined.

Dec 1, 2010 — News Article

John Tory rips into CBC over accountability by Brian Lilley

John Tory explains why he used to defend the CBC and why he no longer will.

Nov 27, 2010 — News Article

Let's save money by turfing CBC by Jim Merriam

Editorial says if Canada is serious about saving money to reduce the federal deficit, chopping the CBC would be a good first step.

Nov 23, 2010 — News Article

Dean Del Mastro on the CBC

In a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage hearing, Dean Del Mastro, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, openly muses about cutting all funding to the CBC.

Nov 22, 2010 — News Article

Sun Media's war against CBC by Norman Spector

Columnist says some members of parliament are simply supplying quotes to curry favour with Sun Media’s Parliament Hill bureau.

Nov 21, 2010 — News Article

Feds to CBC: Be open, comply with law by Brian Lilley

Senior Correspondent for Sun Media's National Bureau says the minister in charge of the CBC is calling on the state broadcaster to respect Canada’s access to information laws.

Nov 17, 2010 — News Article

CBC News Releases New Journalism Guidelines

The new CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices states that the CBC won’t give in to the urge of other news organizations and many blogs in posting first, and verifying later.

Nov 15, 2010 — News Article

OPINION: Why we need more Sun TV and CBC by Graham Fox

Columnist says biased analysis has been so often repeated it has taken on an aura of truthiness – putting at risk the public spaces we count on for open debate.

Nov 12, 2010 — News Article

OPINION: CBC is losing the war to survive by Martin Knelman

Columnist says that by turning off its traditional loyalists and losing its unique character, the CBC becomes so similar to other channels that there’s less and less reason to fight for its continued existence.

Nov 12, 2010 — News Article

Civil servant headed the CBC from 1975 to 1982 by Amy Minsky

Tom Kent, an adviser to prime minister Lester Pearson, says Al Johnson was a major figure in the social transformation and economic transformation that took place in Canada in the 1960s and 1970s.

Nov 11, 2010 — News Article

Deaths: JOHNSON, Albert (Al) Wesley

From 1975-1982, Johnson served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, motivated by a passion for creativity and a belief in the CBC as 'the single most important institution for Canadianism outside the Parliament of Canada'.

Nov 11, 2010 — News Article

All Programs Considered by Bill McKibben

Columnist says public radio claims at least 5 percent of the American radio market.

Nov 10, 2010 — News Article

Former CBC president Al Johnson dies

Former CBC president Al Johnson has died in Ottawa at the age of 87.

Nov 3, 2010 — News Article

CBC’s Thunder Bay Roots by James Murray

Columnist shares how C. D. Howe, as a Minister in the King Government, brought forward the legislation needed to create the CBC.

Nov 2, 2010 — News Article

CBC looks forward to 75th birthday

CBC/Radio-Canada plans a year of celebrations leading up to the 75th anniversary of the creation of the public broadcaster.

Nov 1, 2010 — News Article

Dragon Done by Trevor Cole

Columnist says if ever an organization needed someone to blame, it was the CBC and Richard Stursberg, former vice-president of English Services, was made for that job.

Oct 31, 2010 — News Article

New schedules

RCI's new schedules for the B10 broadcast season (31 October 2010 to 27 March 2011) have been posted on their website.

Oct 27, 2010 — News Article

CBC News Toronto Breaks New Ground With Graphics Technology

During coverage of the Toronto municipal election, CBC inaugurated an application that allows a host to control on screen graphics themselves, instead of having the control room do it.  It also marked the first use of the immersive graphics at the CBC.

Oct 24, 2010 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010715

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS supports the application by Bluepoint Investments to acquire the assets and control of Saskatchewan Communications Network Corporation (SCN).

Oct 21, 2010 — News Article

CBC to focus on Canadian, regional and digital content

Columnist says CBC president Hubert Lacroix has signaled a renewed focus on Canadian, regional and digital content.

Oct 21, 2010 — News Article

CBC Radio Audience

Graph showing decline in CBC Radio 2 audience since the shift away from predominantly classical music programming in 2008.

Oct 20, 2010 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada highlights importance of a strong public broadcaster at second Annual Public Meeting

Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC President and CEO: "Recent changes in our industry leave CBC/Radio-Canada as the country's only national television broadcaster not owned by a cable or satellite company."

Oct 20, 2010 — News Article

CBC committed to Canadian content, online services, serving the regions: Lacroix

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says the public broadcaster has emerged from a round of deep cuts to staff and programs with a renewed commitment to Canadian content and regional programming.

Oct 20, 2010 — News Article

Editorial: Whither the CBC? by Brendan Christie

Editor says the nature of public broadcasting is changing and that the question is "what is it changing into?"

Oct 20, 2010 — News Article

Spending review: day of cuts begins with raid on BBC by Patrick Wintour

Columnist says photograph gaffe reveals 490,000 public sector jobs will be lost while BBC is hit by a 16% budget cut.

Oct 20, 2010 — News Article

BBC Agrees to Cut Spending and Freeze License Fee by Sarah Lyall

After being embroiled in tough financial negotiations with a Conservative-led coalition government, the BBC has effectively reduced its budget by 16 percent.

Oct 18, 2010 — News Article

The CBC’s Annual Public Meeting: Now’s Your Chance To Ask Any Question by Paul Mcgrath

The CBC is holding its Annual Public Meeting by webcast with speakers including Hubert Lacroix, the president and CEO, Timothy Casgrain, the chair of the board of directors, and Suzanne Morris, vice-president and CFO.

Oct 18, 2010 — News Article

New SCN owner seeks licence

Bluepoint Investments wants a seven-year licence to continue operating SCN. The company is also seeking some changes to the conditions of the current licence to allow the broadcaster to air advertisements.

Oct 15, 2010 — News Article

"I really doubt that the CBC is going to be able to compete in the future," says former CEO by Greg O’Brien

Former CBC President talks about the future of Canada's public Broadcaster.

Oct 15, 2010 — News Article

Questions raised over CBC’s future post-BCE/CTV combo by Etan Vlessing

Former CBC president Robert Rabinovitch says the public broadcaster will be hard-pressed to maintain its current ratings revival if BCE completes its acquisition of CTV and snags key TV sport properties away from the CBC.

Oct 14, 2010 — News Article

The Non-Fiction Pitch Guide: The CBC by Julie Bristow

The CBC's Executive Director of Factual Entertainment is looking for repeatable series for primetime and daytime hours.

Oct 13, 2010 — News Article

Broadcast lobby group rakes in millions, discloses little by Brian Lilley

Sun Media reporter looks at FRIENDS fundraising and grassroots mobilization activities.

Oct 12, 2010 — News Article

CBC News Balance Study 'Not Balanced' Watchdog Says

Columnist says while offering up kudos to Canada's public broadcaster for launching its own investigation of its news practices, FRIENDS says "shame on CBC" for "making extravagant claims about their current efforts".

Oct 10, 2010 — News Article

CBC laying foundation for Olympic success by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says coverage of the Commonwealth Games are an investment for CBC, a pay-it-forward gesture to get back into the Olympics game it dominated for years.

Oct 10, 2010 — News Article

CBC won't release director's expenses by Althia Raj

FRIENDS is waiting on the information commissioner to confirm whether CBC was right to deny a request on how much the public broadcaster spent hiring a U.S. firm to revamp The National, CBC News Network and local newscasts.

Oct 7, 2010 — Blog Post

CBC News Balance Report

Memo to FRIENDS Steering Committee with analysis of the 2010 “News Balance Report,” commissioned by CBC from Erin Research.

Oct 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC Schedule (II): Selling the government-approved narrative by John Doyle

Columnist says the current CBC prime time line-up of reality and pseudo-reality shows is creating a preferred narrative of Canada as the Conservative Party sees it.

Oct 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC vows to heat up 'Battle of the Blades' by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian public broadcaster, facing stiff competition Monday nights for its popular "Battle of the Blades" competition series from ABC's saucy "Dancing With The Stars" on rival CTV and Fox's "House" on Global Television, has vowed to steam up ice dancing.

Oct 5, 2010 — News Article

Enough with the fluff: CBC is top-heavy with lightweight shows by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's primetime schedule is full of reality shows and lighthearted sitcoms, and more investment should be made by the public broadcaster into one-hour dramas.

Sep 25, 2010 — News Article

CBC told to hand files over to information czar

The Federal Court ruled Friday that the CBC must hand over its records to Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault after repeated requests for information by Quebec Media Inc. (QMI) Agency.

Sep 24, 2010 — News Article

Federal Court Decision regarding the Judicial Review of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Complete Federal Court Decision, in French, outlining the CBC's obligation to provide records to the Information Commissioner during the investigation of a complaint.

Sep 24, 2010 — News Article

Nine myths about Canadian culture by Kate Taylor

Toronto Star Columnist, Kate Taylor, takes on commonly held beliefs about media in Canada.

Sep 24, 2010 — News Article

How to make the CBC viable in the digital age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that due to its multiple platforms, CBC is ideally poised to be a standard-bearer for Canadian content in the digital future and that more money should be invested in the public broadcaster.

Sep 24, 2010 — News Article

The Court Rejects the Application for Judicial Review of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In the case of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) v. the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Federal Court ruled that the Commissioner has the authority to order the CBC to produce records and that providing information to the Commissioner does not constitute public disclosure.

Sep 22, 2010 — News Article

Tories blast ‘agenda-driven’ CBC gun-registry coverage by Jane Taber

Columnist says Conservatives are upset with a story aired on the CBC suggesting a powerful American gun lobby was helping to fight the battle against the long-gun registry in Canada.

Sep 22, 2010 — News Article

BBC allows Audit Office access to accounts by Mimi Turner

The BBC is allowing the government greater access to its financial accounts, including the hotly contested issue of talent payments.

Aug 26, 2010 — Blog Post

Re: CBC's TV and radio channels are doing quite well

FRIENDS response to Head of Media Relations for CBC English Service's letter on CBC ratings.

Aug 26, 2010 — News Article

CBC's TV and radio channels are doing quite well by Jeff Keay

The head of Media Relations for CBC English Services claims the broadcaster's ratings have increased on television and radio.

Aug 23, 2010 — News Article

CRTC Set to Decide on Community TV Service

The CRTC is expected to release its decisions regarding the possibility of eliminating the regulatory requirement that community channels be distributed as part of basic cable service.

Aug 21, 2010 — News Article

How to fix the CBC by Ian Morrison

In an op-ed, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.

Aug 21, 2010 — Blog Post

How to fix the CBC

The departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.

Aug 17, 2010 — News Article

Millions of People Tune in to CBC Radio

According to July audience numbers reported by Nielsen, CBC Radio 2 reaches 2.1 million people a week, while Radio One reaches 4.3 million listeners each week.

Aug 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Re: Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

FRIENDS says The Standing Committee on Finance should adopt the 2008 recommendation of the Canadian Heritage Committee to increase the CBC's per‐capita grant to $40 per annum.

Aug 13, 2010 — News Article

Canadian local avails conversion bid denied by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC denied an application by Toronto-based Media de Novo to sell ad time on U.S. cable channels' local avails to direct an estimated $285 million over seven years into the production of Canadian shows.

Aug 13, 2010 — News Article

CBC News Boss Responds to Stursberg’s Departure: “Nothing Changes”

Internal memo from Jennifer McGuire, the General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News.

Aug 12, 2010 — News Article

CBC chief defends Richard Stursberg firing by Etan Vlessing

CBC President says he dismissed the former head of English Services after "long reflection of CBC's future".

Aug 12, 2010 — News Article

CBC risks turning off its audience by Jason MacDonald

Richard Stursberg's former chief of staff at CBC Television defends his old boss's legacy.

Aug 11, 2010 — News Article

CBC to air 3D documentary on the Queen next month; free glasses at Canada Post by Nick Patch

The CBC is touting "Queen Elizabeth in 3D" as the first 3D television broadcast to be shot and produced in Canada and transmitted nationally.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

Language watchdog taking CBC to court by Althiq Raj

Canada’s language watchdog is taking the CBC to court over its decision to cancel all its French-language programs produced in Windsor, Ont.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

CBC President Sets the Record Straight Following Stursberg’s Departure

Text of CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix's note to staff on the departure of Richard Stursberg.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

CBS Reconsiders Hulu, Fostering A Bigger 'Dual Revenue' TV Financial Model by Wayne Friedman

Columnist says CBC seems poised to join Disney-ABC, News Corp. and NBC Universal on the online TV portal Hulu.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

CBC will miss digital deadline by Etan Vlessing

The public broadcaster has told the CRTC it will have 15 digital transmitters on stream by the upcoming digital TV deadline, but needs another year before another 12 digital transmitters will be operational.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

Wilson upped at CBC by Etan Vlessing

Christine Wilson, executive director for CBC network programming, has become the acting general manager.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

CBC loses its head by Howard Bernstein

Columnist says that Richard Stursberg's legacy at the CBC includes a massive employee lockout, a gutted arts program and a general disinterest for news and shows like the fifth estate and Market Place.

Aug 10, 2010 — News Article

Stursberg out at CBC as new strategic plan percolates

CBC executive says a comprehensive internal and external recruitment process to replace the departed Richard Stursberg will be launched immediately.

Aug 9, 2010 — News Article

Sudan suspends license for BBC Arabic radio in the north over alleged agreement violations

Sudan's government alleges that a BBC crew smuggled satellite equipment for live transmission into the country and began working in south Sudan without proper approval — both in violation of a broadcast agreement.

Aug 8, 2010 — News Article

PBS is what CBC could be: marginal and obscure by John Doyle

Columnist says lack of public investment makes PBS a marginalized broadcaster in the US - important as a token alternative to the frippery of commercial TV, but existing strictly on the sidelines.

Aug 8, 2010 — News Article

CBC to stay the course of departed boss by Ashante Infantry

FRIENDS says the CBC should have separate executives in charge of TV and Radio.

Aug 8, 2010 — News Article

CBC says switch to digital too onerous to make deadline by Susan Krashinsky

Network executive says the CBC doesn't have the funds necessary to meet the August 2011 cut-off date for the transition to digital TV signals.

Aug 8, 2010 — News Article

Sports fans, beware of CBC shakeup by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says Richard Stursberg's sports legacy includes losing the rights to the Olympics, the CFL and curling and overpaying to retain Hockey Night In Canada.

Aug 7, 2010 — News Article

CBC switching to over-the-air digital TV

CBC/Radio-Canada unveiled its plan Friday to switch over to digital transmission from the analogue service it currently provides.

Aug 7, 2010 — News Article

Controversial CBC boss leaves network by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says under Stursberg's leadership, CBC's audience share in television has dwindled.

Aug 7, 2010 — News Article

CBC ousts revolutionary after six years by Randy Boswell

FRIENDS says a high-level CBC source has indicated Richard Stursberg was dismissed "over irreconcilable policy differences regarding CBC's strategic plans for the next five years."

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

Richard Stursberg leaves CBC

CBC Vice President of Communications, Bill Chambers declined to say whether Stursberg had been fired, saying the change is "not about where we are" but "all about the future and the way we are going forward."

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC won't meet digital TV deadline

The public broadcaster said it will require 27 transmitters to make the switchover nationally, but only 15 of them will be active by Aug. 31, 2011, the deadline imposed for major markets by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

Controversial CBC boss Richard Stursberg leaves network after six years by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says Stursberg was appointed "as a complete outsider" with no previous radio or television production, scheduling or marketing experience and that his departure "cannot help but be a good thing for the institution of public broadcasting."

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

Dismissal of top boss could portend turmoil over direction of CBC by Randy Boswell

FRIENDS says it was announced within the corporation that CBC President Hubert Lacroix dismissed Stursberg "over irreconcilable policy differences regarding CBC's strategic plans for the next five years."

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

Top CBC executive leaves broadcaster by Guy Dixon

National President of the Canadian Media Guild, Lise Lareau says it's become harder to distinguish the CBC from its commercial counterparts with Stursberg’s choice of programming.

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC to install 27 digital OTA transmitters under national transition plan

CBC/Radio-Canada has released the details of its plan for the transition to digital over-the-air television.

Aug 6, 2010 — News Article

Richard Stursberg out as head of CBC by Ashante Infantry

FRIENDS says Richard Stursberg was appointed “as a complete outsider” with no previous radio or television production, scheduling or marketing experience.

Aug 5, 2010 — News Article

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesman slams CBC leadership by Donal O'Connor

FRIENDS blames the erosion of quality broadcasting by the CBC on "inexperienced management" and says having people in charge who lack appropriate experience would be unthinkable in private sector broadcasting.

Aug 4, 2010 — Speech

Is Public Broadcasting Still Relevant for Canada in the 21st Century?

Remarks by Ian Morrison, FRIENDS' spokesperson at the Stratford Summer Music Harry Somers Lecture on the role and relevance of the CBC in Canadian society.

Jul 27, 2010 — News Article

Bluepoint Investment Corp. and The Government of Saskatchewan Agree to Terms for Acquisition of SCN

With the application to the CRTC for change of ownership, Bluepoint will also be filing for a change of condition of license to broaden the programming slate and to allow for the sale of advertising.

Jul 22, 2010 — News Article

CRTC Decision Provides Boost for Campus-Community Radio, But A Lot Of Work Still To Be Done

The campus and community radio sector will receive $775,000 in annual funding following a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on the Review of the Campus and Community Radio Policies.

Jul 19, 2010 — News Article

Give R.B. Bennett his place on the Hill by John Turner

Former Prime Minister John Turner says R. B. Bennett ensured Canada would forever have a voice on the airwaves by founding what soon became the CBC.

Jul 19, 2010 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada – Summary for Participants

CBC President and CEO, Hubert Lacroix says the summary of this spring's survery of opionion leaders show that while the CBC received high marks for it's coverage of national and international events, responders feel the network has been less effective with regional programming.

Jul 14, 2010 — News Article

Weak revenue growth for Canadian TV industry in 2009: StatsCan by Barry Walsh

Columnist says ad revenues for Canadian TV broadcasters have suffered their first decline in 15 years.

Jul 13, 2010 — Policy Brief

Digital Economy Consultation

FRIENDS recommends that the Canadian Media Fund, and other federally-sponsored funds, be augmented by tapping into the huge profits of the four big cable monopolies, whose profit before interest and taxes in 2009 exceeded 25%.

Jul 12, 2010 — News Article

Television broadcasting

Report shows specialty channels continue to generate higher profits than private conventional channels.

Jul 9, 2010 — News Article

Upcoming renewals of TV undertakings (2011-2012)

The CRTC intends to consider the renewals of various television undertakings at public hearings across the country.

Jul 7, 2010 — News Article

My Canada includes a free exchange of ideas by Michael Ignatieff

Liberal fund raising letter mentions Conservative attacks on the CBC, the importance of public broadcasting and adequate funding.

Jul 7, 2010 — Blog Post

Video: Francine Pelletier, guest speaker at the 2010 Dalton Camp Award presentation

Journalist, documentary filmmaker and former co-host of CBC's The Fifth Estate speaks at the 2010 Dalton Camp Award presentation about the state of Canadian documentaries.

Jul 7, 2010 — News Article

The new journalism and the G20 by Ira Basen

Columnist says the actions of the Toronto police during the G20 summit have exposed an unintended consequence: When everyone is a journalist, no one is a journalist.

Jul 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC's coverage of World Cup quarter-finals averages nearly two million viewers

Columnist says although large numbers of viewers are tuned in to watch the World Cup quarter-finals, Hockey still rules in Canada.

Jun 29, 2010 — News Article

Ceeb scores with round of 16 openers by Marise Strauss

CBC says it averaged 956,000 viewers per game for the Group Match stage of the World Cup, while there were 5.3 million live streams online.

Jun 24, 2010 — News Article

Bluepoint to acquire SCN by Katie Bailey

Columnist says Bluepoint Investments is expanding its media sights westward with the purchase of television and satellite educational channel Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN).

Jun 23, 2010 — News Article

Richard Stursberg: CBC proud of its journalism, but welcomes competition

VP of CBC English services says in the news environment of the future the winners will be those who retain the trust and respect of their audiences.

Jun 22, 2010 — News Article

CBC looks to U.S. programming for ad revenue

FRIENDS says the Canadian content void is being filled by private broadcasters like Canwest Global Communication's Global TV and CTV Inc. with Canadian-made, prime-time content increasing by 17 per cent this year.

Jun 22, 2010 — News Release

Cancon on CBC-TV Vancouver equals historic low

FRIENDS’ annual survey What’s on TV 2010 has found that the hours of foreign programming on CBC English TV equal the historic high set last year.

Jun 21, 2010 — News Article

BBM data knocks CBC Radio One from top spot

Corus and Rogers owned stations lead the market in Toronto and Vancouver, two of Canada's largest radio markets.

Jun 21, 2010 — News Article

CBC runs fewer Canadian shows in prime time by Jamie Sturgeon

FRIENDS says the amount of domestic-made content aired by CBC between 6-11 p.m. stands at a 30-year low, with a full quarter of weekly programming dedicated to U.S. shows.

Jun 16, 2010 — News Article

Veritas Communications named CBC's new agency of record

Veritas takes over from Media Profile, CBC's publicity and promotions agency for the past five years.

Jun 6, 2010 — News Article

Will World Cup provide bang for CBC's buck? by Mark Sutcliffe

Columnist says CBC is hoping the $25 million spent purchasing the rights to the World Cup will bring new viewers to the network.

Jun 4, 2010 — News Article

The Dalton Camp Award

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and 2010 Dalton Camp Award winner Ethan Rabidoux discuss the award and the man who inspired it.

Jun 4, 2010 — News Article

Watchdog slams CBC for blocking access to information

Columnist says information commissioner Suzanne Legault is accusing the public broadcaster of wrongly withholding information and attempting to overcharge for access requests.

Jun 3, 2010 — News Release

2010 Dalton Camp Award winners announced

Ethan Rabidoux of Stratford, Ontario and Rosalyn Yake of Peterborough, Ontario are the 2010 winners of the Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 3, 2010 — News Article

CBC hit for information access stonewalling

Information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, and the CBC are in Federal Court disputing access to information the broadcaster says is related to programming and therefore is exempt under the Access to Information Act.

Jun 3, 2010 — News Article

No news is bad news on Manitoba reserve by Rosalyn Yake

In her Dalton Camp Award winning essay, Yake explores the importance of of local media in holding political leaders accountable against the backdrop of the 2006 Norway House Elections.

Jun 3, 2010 — News Article

Almost 900 info complaints against CBC by Christina Spencer

Columnist says more than 80% of complaints made to the Office of the Information Commissioner in the 2009-10 period were filed against the CBC for failure to make information available, many of them on behalf of Sun Media.

Jun 1, 2010 — News Release

Winners of the 2010 Dalton Camp Award to be announced

The winners of the 2010 Dalton Camp Award will be announced Thursday, June 3 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal.

Jun 1, 2010 — News Article

Beyond Repair by Tyler Harper

Columnist says CBC News is walking a tightrope of expectations between two types of audience: the one that thinks CBC as a public broadcaster has a duty to give Canadians vital content without pandering for advertising money, and the other that wants CBC to maintain its quality while providing a return on taxpayers’ investment.

May 28, 2010 — News Article

CBC, National Post join forces in advertising deal by Jamie Sturgeon

Columnist says the CBC and the National Post are deepening their commercial relationship, announcing Thursday a deal that will allow advertisers to use each media company's platforms.

May 28, 2010 — News Article

CBC and Rogers Sign Historic Programming Alliance

Rogers and CBC say agreement helps bring more CBC content to Canadians in more ways, from mobile to On Demand to online.

May 28, 2010 — News Article

Deciphering sides in Canada's ‘culture wars’ by Gerald Caplan

Columnist says Stephen Harper has only just begun his escalation of the culture wars and that he has had some surprising success in moving middle-of-the-road Canadians toward his "regressive" political values.

May 27, 2010 — News Article

William Shatner to host 'Making a Scene' by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says With Canadian viewers mostly shunning rookie series until they perform in their second seasons, the CBC has chosen to rely on old favorites to bring viewers set-side.

May 23, 2010 — News Article

The CBC as a “cultural conduit connecting our coasts”? That’s so 1986! by Kevin McDougald

Blogger says FRIENDS should be more concerned about internet based television, rather than the Conservative government's agenda for the CBC.

May 16, 2010 — News Article

The Big Question: who benefits from battering the CBC? by John Doyle

Columnist says the Conservative Party's current "obsession" with the broadcaster could be seen as the minority government preparing the public for a major cut in CBC funding.

May 14, 2010 — News Article

CBC gears up for World Cup by Marise Strauss

Columnist says exclusive broadcasting rights for the upcoming World Cup is a chance for CBC Sports to reclaim big-event coverage after losing broadcast rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games to CTVglobemedia.

May 13, 2010 — News Article

SCN and Sask. government miss CRTC deadline

Watchdog group says the CRTC has informed SCN Matters that SCN and the government of Saskatchewan have missed the deadline set by the CRTC for response to several complaints filed with the commission regarding SCN’s board of directors.

May 12, 2010 — News Article

CBC waging ‘faith war,’ Conservatives say by Jane Taber

Columnists says after a story aired on CBC's The National, Conservative strategists are accusing the network of fuelling a "faith war" in an “ongoing campaign against the Conservative Party.”

May 8, 2010 — Blog Post

Summary: CBC Radio National News Reporter Survey

FRIENDS gives a summary of the leaked CBC Radio National News Reporter Survey with a link to the full report.

May 8, 2010 — News Article

CTV Winnipeg builds on supper-hour news lead

Columnist says CTV's local supper-hour newscast in Manitoba attracts more than double the audience of both of its local-news counterparts combined.

May 7, 2010 — News Article

‘Viewer-inspired’ CBC poll works Tories into a lather by Jane Taber

After airing a viewer question from a two-time federal Liberal candidate on CBC's Power and Politics, Conservatives are raising more questions about the network's neutrality.

May 2, 2010 — News Article

Newman's departure from Global TV could signal wave of changes in broadcast news by Diana Mehta

Columnist says Kevin Newman's departure is opening a lively discussion on the future of the country's three national newscasts.

Apr 28, 2010 — News Article

CBC News letter to the Conservative Party chairman by Jennifer McGuire

CBC News General Manager says there is no call for a Canadian "culture war" but will continue to report on both it and other topics that occur throughout Canada’s political landscape.

Apr 28, 2010 — News Article

SCN’s closing casts cloud over Saskatchewan TV industry by Susan Krashinsky

Columnist says by providing seed money for projects to be shopped to larger networks, SCN had been keeping Saskatchewan's production industry afloat.

Apr 28, 2010 — News Article

Beating up the CBC is like beating up a sick puppy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Conservative Government is merely trying to "demonize the messenger" in order to detract attention away from the recent announcement that Canada will not fund abortion in developing nations.

Apr 27, 2010 — News Article

Why aren’t Canada’s lefties ready to rumble? by John Doyle

Columnist says Canada has been in the midst of a culture war for years, and conservatives are winning it.

Apr 26, 2010 — News Article

CBC-Liberal "Culture War"? by Doug Finley

Campaign Director says pollster's affiliation with both the Liberal Party and the CBC shows Conservatives "are up against a powerful array of vested interests".

Apr 26, 2010 — News Article

SCN goes dark and no one notices by Patricia Dawn Robertson

Columnist says taxpayers shouldn't be asked to foot the bill for a television service whose main audience is made up of "shut-ins, quilting clubs and captive hitchhikers in root cellars."

Apr 26, 2010 — News Article

CBC host Budd says firing felt like drowning by Richard Ouzounian

In her last week as host of As It Happens, Barbara Budd talks about the weeks since learning CBC was failing to renew her contract.

Apr 26, 2010 — News Article

Opinion: Don't Let SCN Fade to Black by Jordan Thornton

Former employee says in an attempt to justify the closure of SCN to the public, the government misrepresented the facts and downplayed the public broadcaster and its achievements.

Apr 23, 2010 — News Article

Pollster Frank Graves apologizes, denies anti-Tory bias by Bill Curry

EKOS pollster says there is a higher incidence of people who are less tolerant to homosexuals and more wary of other races within the Conservative Party.

Apr 21, 2010 — News Article

Response letter re: the closing of SCN by Brad Wall

Premier says the decision to close SCN was one in a number of difficult choices to make while creating the provincial budget.

Apr 21, 2010 — News Article

Dispiriting CBC Survey Leaked

Survey reveals 90 per cent of reporters questioned feel ‘radio culture’ is much worse than it was a year ago

Apr 21, 2010 — News Article

The renewal of and scurrilous flutter on Twitter by Jennifer McGuire

CBC News General Manager says despite massive changes, quality journalism is still their biggest priority.

Apr 20, 2010 — News Article

CRTC to CBC: You’ve got 30 days to shape up! by John Doyle

Columnist says the CRTC is upset that CBC has changed the mandate of a specialty channel aimed at rural audiences

Apr 20, 2010 — News Article

Motion Unanime Ça y est, C'est Fait! by Gérald Francine Beaulieu

April 20, 2010: The Quebec National Assembly backs community television

Apr 19, 2010 — News Article

For Chinese, Web Is the Way to Entertainment by David Barboza

Columnist says the Internet has become an alternative with many options over traditional state-run media.

Apr 19, 2010 — News Article

SCN supporters hold rally in Regina by Joe Couture

SCN supporters want the provincial government to revisit the decision to close the broadcaster.

Apr 17, 2010 — News Article

We won't miss CBC by Mike Boone

Columnist says snubbing the Canadiens and their fans is just the latest step in the public broadcaster's march toward irrelevance.

Apr 17, 2010 — News Article

SCN gutting done ignorantly by Murray Mandryk

SCN Board Chair finds it offensive that the government arbitrarily eliminated SCN without consulting or attempting to understand how it fits into the intricate film and industry puzzle of Saskatchewan.

Apr 15, 2010 — News Article

Approval ratings for Brad Wall remain strong amid weak assessments of the government’s management of provincial funds and strong opposition to eliminating SCN

According to Insightrix online poll, only three in ten Saskatchewan residents support the decision to eliminate SCN.

Apr 12, 2010 — News Article

Reports of TV's death greatly exaggerated by Susan Krashinsky

Columnist says that despite speculation that viewers are switching to the Internet, television is still where the money is.

Apr 8, 2010 — News Article

Envelopes shrink 3% for 2010/11 by Marise Strauss

Drama, children's and youth, documentary, and variety and performing arts among the genres supported by the CMF.

Apr 8, 2010 — News Article

Canadian Broadcasting From Technological Evolution To Distribution Revolution by Stephen Herrod

A proposed plan to bring OTA HD Canadian programming to more Canadians.

Apr 8, 2010 — News Article

Fading SCN to black 'terrible' by Robin Schlaht

Op-Ed says SCN builds bridges between Saskatchewan communities and the world.

Apr 7, 2010 — News Article

Funding cuts could jeopardize CBC primetime by Marise Strauss

CBC Executive Vice President states reducing the number of shows on the schedule would be like going backwards".

Apr 7, 2010 — News Article

CBC warns it may have to chop prime-time TV shows due to funding cut by Jennifer Ditchburn

CBC President says he's disappointed the government did not put an immediate emphasis on successful, Canadian prime-time shows.

Apr 6, 2010 — News Article

Show courage: Make the CBC accountable by Pierre Karl Peladeau

The CEO of Quebecor says criticism of CRTC's decision to leave the CBC out of new fee-for-carriage scheme is unwarrented.

Apr 5, 2010 — News Article

Consumers oppose fee hike, CRTC says by Katie Bailey

CRTC lays out two primary themes in report: a concern for the future of local television and opposition to paying more for programming.

Apr 3, 2010 — News Article

Stephen Harper on the hunt for new governor general by Tonda MacCharles

Conservative insider says the next Governor General "definitely won't be a CBC broadcaster."

Apr 2, 2010 — News Article

CBC in talks to lease space to Disney by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canada's cash-strapped public broadcaster is in talks with Disney to lease out unused space in its Toronto headquarters.

Apr 2, 2010 — News Article

Grapes sour but still fun to watch by Gail Lethbridge

Columnist defends Don Cherry's contribution to Canadian media.

Mar 31, 2010 — News Article

End of an Era: Barbara Budd Leaves CBC Radio's "As It Happens" by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Blogger suggests CBC Radio is becoming a "training ground to sustain the failing TV side."

Mar 31, 2010 — News Article

200 protest SCN's closure in Regina

Local film and television producers say industry will suffer as a result of the Saskatchewan Government's decision to close down the provincial broadcaster.

Mar 30, 2010 — News Article

Static on the CBC by Ish Theilheimer

FRIENDS says the CRTC decision on fee-for-carriage entrenches the power and wealth of the cable companies.

Mar 29, 2010 — News Article

Barbara Budd leaving As it Happens by Greg Quill

Barbara Budd, longtime co-host of CBC Radio One’s nightly telephone call-out news magazine As it Happens, is calling it quits.

Mar 25, 2010 — News Article

Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) being shut down by Heather Polischuk

Saskatchewan's provincial broadcaster to go off the air in May laying off 35 employees.

Mar 24, 2010 — News Article

Why the CBC should stop the hissy fit by John Doyle

Columnist says The CBC’s reaction to the CRTC fee-for-carriage plan was hysterical and utterly unwarranted.

Mar 23, 2010 — News Article

CBC blasts CRTC for TV signals decision

CBC/Radio-Canada is condemning the CRTC for its new framework for conventional television, saying the decision leaves Canada's public broadcaster out to dry.

Mar 22, 2010 — News Article

Numbers may not lie, but Nancy Wood's future came down to two sample listeners by Mike Boone

Columnist says that a drop in ratings recorded by Portable People Meters gave CBC managers cover to fire Daybreak host Nancy Wood.

Mar 22, 2010 — News Article

CBC Excluded From Fee-For-Carriage Decision. Programs and Service Cuts Likely: Lacroix

CBC president says the fee-for-carriage decision "will force us to cut programs and services, and our ability to fulfill our mandate has been compromised".

Mar 18, 2010 — News Article

The changing faces of our cultural institutions by Henry Aubin

Columnist says it's possible for cultural institutions like the CBC to attract bigger and younger audiences without lowering standards.

Mar 16, 2010 — News Article

Wood firestorm is spreading by Henry Aubin

Columnist says the decision to remove a popular CBC Radio host in Montreal is only a symptom of a more fundamental problem with the public broadcaster.

Mar 15, 2010 — News Article

CBC displays keen sense of self-preservation The Canadian by Tom Korski

Columnist notes that the CBC rated lesser mention in the 2010 budget than the tariff on duvet covers.

Mar 14, 2010 — News Article

A PBS Offering, ‘Earth Days,’ Will Be Seen on Facebook First by Elizabeth Jensen

For the first time, PBS will offer a documentary on Facebook before it goes to air on television.

Mar 13, 2010 — News Article

Kevin O'Leary: Canada's unrepentant Dragon

Dragon's Den fixture says "The CBC was a platform for journalists. Now it's a platform for a right-wing Attila the Hun guy."

Mar 13, 2010 — News Article

CBC brass grilled over Nancy Wood

CBC Radio One listeners in Montreal show their outrage at the firing of a radio host.

Mar 11, 2010 — News Article

BBM Overview: New PPM Ratings - March 2010 by David Bray

Radio ratings for the thirteen week period covering Nov. 30, 2009 to Feb. 28, 2010 in Toronto and Vancouver.

Mar 10, 2010 — News Article

The CBC Gets its One Time Funding. Again.

The CBC President confirms that for the eight year in a row, the CBC received its “one-time” funding of $60 from the government.

Mar 9, 2010 — News Article

CBC News makes management changes

CBC News says it has made organizational changes meant to improve operations as part of an ongoing news renewal process.

Mar 6, 2010 — News Article

CBC May Be Gone from CKPR

On the heels of the move by Thunder Bay Electronics to shift from being a CTV affiliate to a Global Television affiliate, now comes a move to sever ties to the CBC.

Mar 5, 2010 — News Article

Federal Budget 'Good News' for CBC: President

In a note to staff the Hubert Lacroix says he's pleased that the CBC's budget wasn't cut like other departments, however there are other issues affecting the corporation's finances to deal with.

Mar 5, 2010 — News Article

Fearing a knife, the BBC wields a scalpel by Elizabeth Renzetti

BBC's former head of global says "there's an assault on public broadcasting going on around the world."

Mar 4, 2010 — News Article

CBC lite goes by Etan Vlessing

Canadian webcaster has struck a distribution deal with the CBC to feature celebrity-driven content on its ad-supported online video network.

Mar 4, 2010 — News Article

The CBC Dodges a Budget Bullet

CBC spared budget cuts that would have included more painful structural changes.

Mar 2, 2010 — News Article

BBC reveals plan to scale back operations by Ben Fenton

The BBC has outlined its plans to downsize its £3.5-billion ($5.4-billion Canadian) a year operations, amid accusations that it is acting to appease political parties.

Mar 2, 2010 — News Article

BBC confirms cuts to web, radio

Up to 600 BBC staff and freelancers could lose their jobs in the cuts, which would reduce operating costs by 25 per cent annually.

Feb 27, 2010 — News Article

Andy Barrie's secret? Respect for listeners by Rick Salutin

Columnist says the career of the now retired host of CBC Radio's Toronto morning show was a model for Canadian public broadcasting.

Feb 26, 2010 — News Article

BBC web budget cut by half: report

Recent reports indicate that the British public broadcaster will close two radio stations and scale back its web presence in order to save about $965 million CDN.

Feb 22, 2010 — News Article

The CBC's Digital Content Strategy

CBC intends to push its content onto multiple digital platforms by negotiating deals with distributors and building partnerships with iTunes and Google.

Feb 22, 2010 — News Article

The Chopping Block: End corporate subsidies, save billions by Terence Corcoran

Cutting funds to CBC mentioned in an article about ways to reduce the federal government's deficit.

Feb 19, 2010 — News Article

CBC No-No? by Nick Patch

CBC spokesperson says and error caused News Network to broadcast about 45 minutes of Olympic footage.

Feb 15, 2010 — News Article

BBC leads broadband programming by Steve Clark

The BBC is reported to have spent more money producing made-for-broadband content than any other single broadcaster in the world.

Feb 11, 2010 — News Article

BBC tells news staff to embrace social media

BBC news journalists have been told to use social media as a primary source of information by the new director of BBC Global News.

Feb 10, 2010 — News Article

RAI votes for political fairness by Eric J. Lyman

Italian state broadcaster RAI says it will not run political commentary programs during the last month before the upcoming national elections.

Feb 9, 2010 — News Article

BBC reveals overall annual talent payment by Mimi Turner

The BBC said it spent £229 million last year on talent payments to artists, presenters, musicians and other contributors.

Feb 9, 2010 — News Article

Metro Morning's new voice, new view by Donovan Vincent

Incoming CBC Toronto Radio One host Matt Galloway hopes to keep Metro Morning's existing audience while also bringing in a young and diverse set of listeners.

Feb 5, 2010 — News Article

CBC picks up 'Men With Brooms' series by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has picked up a sitcom from E1 Television based on the popular Canadian curling movie "Men With Brooms."

Feb 3, 2010 — News Article

PPM locates elusive 18-24 TV demographic

Data show national television audiences are on average 18% higher than the same period last year since the launch of portable people meters.

Feb 2, 2010 — News Article

Style of Metro Morning won't change with Barrie's departure by Guy Dixon

After 15 years of hosting the Toronto CBC morning show, Andy Barrie is set to retire on March 1.

Feb 2, 2010 — News Article

The CBC's Copyright Confusion

CBC spokesperson Jeff Keay admits that there are contradictions in the CBC's copyright and licensing rules.

Feb 2, 2010 — News Article

CBC’s New Licensing System Causes Anger

In addition to implementing a new copyright protection system for its website, the CBC has also implemented technology that tracks the amount of content copied and pasted.

Feb 2, 2010 — News Article

A rivalry set aside - at least for 17 days by Susan Krashinsky

Article describes the partnership that was struck between CTV and Rogers to outbid the CBC for the 2010 Olympics.

Feb 1, 2010 — News Article

The CBC reports today that ... oops. Nevermind by Adrian MacNair

The controversy over CBC's new digital licensing policies has prompted a liberal blogger to declare "CBC must be destroyed."

Jan 26, 2010 — News Article

Radio Activity: The 100th Anniversary of Public Broadcasting by Marina Koestler Ruben

Since its inception, public radio has had a crucial role in broadcasting history - from FDR's "Fireside Chats" to the Internet Age

Jan 26, 2010 — News Article

Elitists in populist clothing by Linda McQuaig

Columnist says the CBC has responded to the economic crisis  by ramping up the "conservative economic message".

Jan 23, 2010 — News Article

CBC Board to Get New Blood by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Former Chief Journalist at CBC Radio Toronto says Trina McQueen and Peter Herrndorf are likely to step down from the CBC Board of Directors.

Jan 18, 2010 — News Article

Memo to the CBC: Hire Conan by Matthew Hays

Columnist says Talk Show host Conan O'Brien could give Canada a pop-culture shot in the arm.

Jan 17, 2010 — News Article

Grit plan: Let Harper be Harper by Rick Salutin

Columnist says most Canadians don't watch the CBC, yet they often want it there, just to prove the country and its culture exist.

Jan 15, 2010 — News Article

Hockey Thugs Aren't Only On The Ice

Blog post claims a CBC executive threatened to ex-communicate the Globe & Mail if the newspaper published an expletive laced tirade by Don Cherry.

Jan 14, 2010 — News Article

CBC Television Strategy to Focus on Entertainment, Expands Feature Film Initiative

The head of CBC English Services has presented a television programming strategy update that stressed the importance of "entertainment" programming at the CBC.

Jan 10, 2010 — News Article

CBC Radio 2: Transformers

Profiles of two broadcasters that have changed the sound of CBC Radio 2.

Jan 9, 2010 — News Article

CBC provides radio band for new technology to help home appliances save energy by Peter Rakobowchuk

CBC and Toronto-based e-Radio-Inc. have unveiled a new technology that harnesses the power of FM radio to activate household appliances at energy-saving times of the day.