All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2011

Dec 30, 2011 — News Article

Downsized, decentralized CBC remains key goal for Tories: Heritage Minister James Moore by Randy Boswell

Columnist says that while insisting the CBC is a crucial instrument for national unity and the promotion of artistic talent in Canada, Heritage Minister James Moore has pointedly allowed the broadcaster to be brow-beaten by his Conservative colleagues.

Dec 28, 2011 — Blog Post

Impact of cuts on the CBC

Further cuts by the government to our national public broadcaster would make it impossible for the CBC to effectively fulfill its mandate.

Dec 22, 2011 — News Article

Soaring cost of sports rights squeezing CBC on to sidelines by Susan Krashinsky

Columnist says the CBC is struggling to remain a contender for televised sports events at a time when those rights are commanding stratospheric fees

Dec 17, 2011 — News Article

Hockey team sale changes game in Canada by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says Bell Canada and Rogers Communications' purchase of the Maple Leafs puts the future of hockey on CBC in doubt when its NHL contract ends following the 2013-2014 season.

Dec 15, 2011 — News Article

Opinion: CBC Friends mock Hulk Hogan by Kris Sims

Columnist claims FRIENDS, via their Stop the CBC Smackdown campaign, is mocking Hulk Hogan on Twitter.

Dec 12, 2011 — News Article

CBC ombudsman reviewing Ford-911 stories by David Rider

CBC’s ombudsman Kirk LaPointe is reviewing CBC online, radio and television reports concerning 911 distress calls made by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Dec 10, 2011 — News Article

Canada’s online beehive by Don Tapscott

Professor says Canadians need a media commons — a public, independent place where there can be a true meeting of the minds and where there is a chance of achieving social cohesion and of collectively doing the right thing as a country.

Dec 9, 2011 — News Article

The CBC’s conundrum: Change isn’t easy, but the public broadcaster needs to try by Scott Stinson

FRIENDS says 80% of Canadians really like public broadcasting.

Dec 7, 2011 — News Article

Memorial honours exceptional faculty and staff at special ceremony

FRIENDS Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Noreen Golfman, receives honours from Memorial University for exceptional community service.

Dec 5, 2011 — News Article

Canadian TV Watchdog Unveils ‘Stop the CBC Smackdown’ YouTube Videos by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS has launched spoof commercials that portray an American TV wrestling promoter buying the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and stuffing its newscasts with brawny wrestlers as anchors and ring girls as weather presenters.

Dec 3, 2011 — News Article

Do we really want the CBC to become PBS North? by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks if the CBC is being softened not merely for budget cuts but for a complete rethink of the broadcaster's role that would eliminate much of its current activity.

Dec 2, 2011 — News Article

Do we really want the CBC to become PBS North? by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks as the CBC prepares for cuts, is the CBC – and public opinion – being softened not merely for budget cuts but for a complete rethink of the broadcaster's role that would eliminate much of its current activity?

Dec 2, 2011 — News Article

CBC is not on a level playing field by Paul Gaffney

Former CBC employee says it's in the best interests of taxpayers to allow the CBC a greater degree of confidentiality than we might normally extend to a "public" institution.

Dec 1, 2011 — News Article

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting goes to the mat for CBC in awareness campaign by Chris Powell

Peter Mansbridge has been replaced by a tattooed, eye-patch wearing grappler, while flamboyantly dressed Radio 2 personalities now settle on-air disagreements with their fists in a new vision of the CBC presented by FRIENDS.

Dec 1, 2011 — News Article

CBC actively preparing for budget cuts, says head of English Services by Marsha Lederman

Ottawa has made it known that cuts are coming in the next budget, and the CBC is preparing.

Dec 1, 2011 — News Article

CBC's funding is inadequate by Tony Manera

Former CBC President says from 1985 to 2010, the CBC's parliamentary appropriation went from $905 million to $1.018 million, a nominal increase of 12.5 per cent, but a real decrease of 62 per cent after inflation.

Dec 1, 2011 — News Article

Friends of CBC hire 'Ass Man' as actor by Kris Sims

Columnist says when selecting actors for their "Stop the CBC Smackdown" campaign, FRIENDS picked "Uncle D: The Canadian Ass Man."

Dec 1, 2011 — News Article

Moore shifts money from bureaucracy to the arts by Leslie MacKinnon

Columnist says Heritage Minister James Moore was non-commital when asked whether the CBC would continue to receive a supplementary $60 million earmarked purely for programming that has been renewed annually for 10 years.

Nov 30, 2011 — News Article

Two minutes of politics, November 30 by Brigitte Pellerin

Sun News reporter says FRIENDS' "Stop the CBC Smackdown" campaign is remarkably uncouth and vulgar.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

No decision yet on telecom spectrum rules and foreign ownership by Steven Chase and Rita Trichur

Columnist says Industry Minister Christian Paradis offered Canada’s telecom industry some guffaws but no clarity as to how Ottawa plans to loosen foreign investment rules in the sector.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

Pro-CBC group goes to the mat against potential Tory cuts by Kim Mackrael

FRIENDS says that nobody can watch what’s going on on Parliament Hill without realizing there’s a threat to public broadcasting.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

Release of CBC salary information Mansbridge's prerogative: Moore

Columnist says the Broadcasting Act makes clear that there is nothing to compel the CBC to publicize the salaries of its employees.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

Ottawa can’t compel CBC to disclose Mansbridge’s salary, minister says

James Moore says it’s up to CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge to tell Canadians his salary, but legislation prevents the government from doing so itself.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

Heritage Minister talks CBC, Mansbridge salary by Susan Delacourt

James Moores says FRIENDS does a disservice to both the CBC and to everyday taxpayers with the way they approach the conversation of CBC funding.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article


FRIENDS speaks to Sun News about their new campaign 'Stop the CBC Smackdown'.‎

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

After the Tory witch hunt against the CBC, who’ll be next? by John Doyle

Columnist wonders if after the witch hunt against the CBC is over, are museums, theatres and publishers who receive grants from the government next?

Nov 29, 2011 — Opinion Poll

Canadians' attitudes toward the CBC and public broadcasting in Canada

A new major public opinion research study shows continued strong support for the CBC and that more Canadians trust the Conservative party than any other to handle matters of national culture and identity.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

CBC Smackdown angers former wrestler by Kris Sims

Bret "The Hitman" Hart says if someone like Vince McMahon were to take over the CBC, "it might be the answer to their prayers, they might start making some money."

Nov 29, 2011 — Blog Post

Poll: Canadians' views towards the CBC

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting commissioned a major public opinion research study on Canadians' views on public broadcasting.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

CBC Funding: New Ad Campaign Imagines World With Broadcaster Owned By An American by Althia Raj

FRIENDS hopes its new ad campaign "Stop the CBC Smackdown" will remind Canadians of the value of having a strong public broadcaster and place pressure on the federal government to support the CBC.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Article

Group launches ‘Stop the CBC Smackdown’ campaign

FRIENDS has launched a pair of satirical YouTube videos that depict life at the CBC under the new ownership of a garrulous former American wrestler who is more concerned with “action” than national content.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Release

Le gouvernement conservateur perdrait sa nouvelle crédibilité en matière culturelle si Radio-Canada subissait des coupures

Le parti Conservateur a réussi à s'attirer la confiance des citoyens en ce qui a trait à la culture canadienne et à la Société Radio-Canada, mais cette confiance pourrait rapidement se volatiliser si la SRC devait faire face aux compressions  à son allocation parlementaire dont les rumeurs abondent.

Nov 29, 2011 — News Release

Poll: New Conservative traction on culture and CBC could slip with budget cuts

New survey finds the Conservative Party is gaining the trust of voters when it comes to Canadian culture and the CBC, but that trust could quickly evaporate if forecast cuts to the national public broadcaster’s parliamentary allocation come to pass.

Nov 29, 2011 — Ad Campaign

Stop the CBC Smackdown

An advocacy campaign where the Harper government sells the CBC to a U.S. wrestling promotor named Lance Fury. 

CBC's new owner gives the news some action

CBC's new owner gives radio a sexy makeover

Nov 29, 2011 — Blog Post

The truth about CBC funding

Charts comparing Parliamentary funding of the CBC compared to total government expenditures and Correctional Services.

Nov 24, 2011 — News Article

Releasing records would ‘undermine’ competitive position, CBC says by Joanna Smith

The secrecy surrounding the salary of Peter Mansbridge helps the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. stay competitive, its president told a parliamentary committee.

Nov 24, 2011 — News Article

Feds want to amend disclosure laws that protect CBC by Tobi Cohen

Unimpressed with the CBC's explanations regarding its financial accountability and handling of access to information requests, Conservatives indicate they may look at amending a law that exempts the broadcaster from certain disclosures.

Nov 24, 2011 — News Article

CBC head defends broadcaster on access to info by Laura Payton

Hubert Lacroix says the CBC's record on accountability and access to information has been lost in general confusion or distorted in coverage of its court case against Canada’s information commissioner.

Nov 24, 2011 — News Article

Truce called in CBC dispute at Commons committee on Access to Information by Dean Beeby

The access-to-information and ethics committee agreed to return sealed documents to the CBC rather than press ahead with a proposal by Conservative MPs to examine the sensitive material.

Nov 23, 2011 — News Article

Court rejects CBC appeal in access-to-information feud

The Federal Court of Appeal unanimously ruled against the public broadcaster, saying the CBC is legally required to turn over material for review by the information commissioner of Canada.

Nov 23, 2011 — News Article

CBC loses information battle in court by Joanna Smith

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the federal information commissioner has the right to see uncensored documents the public broadcaster believes should be exempted from disclosure.

Nov 20, 2011 — News Article

Cultural Exchange: CBC Radio links Canadians from shore to shore by Marcia Adair

Columnist says CBC appeals to the widest possible audience, in English, French and aboriginal languages to boot, creating a common listening experience.

Nov 17, 2011 — News Article

Laszlo Barna developing Jack Layton biopic for the CBC

The CBC is backing the development of a TV biopic for the late Jack Layton from indie producer Pier 21 Films.

Nov 15, 2011 — News Article

Gomery veut une loi pour forcer l'adhésion au Conseil de presse

John Gomery, Chair of Quebec's Press Council calls for a law to require media to adhere to the Council's standards.

Nov 15, 2011 — News Article

Comité parlementaire sur l'accès à l'information - Radio-Canada cède, mais l'opposition obtient la suspension des travaux

CBC bows to the Commons Access to Information Committee but the opposition persuades the Speaker to suspend the Committee's work.

Nov 14, 2011 — News Article

Money can’t buy love: Why every government hates the CBC by John Doyle

Columnist says there is nothing unique about this Conservative government’s loathing for the CBC and the hatred directed at CBC by Conservative MPs and their supporters.

Nov 13, 2011 — News Article


Press Release: The NDP states Law Clerk Rob Walsh warns that Conservative MP Del Mastro is over-stepping Parliament and interfering with the courts.

Nov 13, 2011 — News Article

Tory bid for CBC documents could end up in damaging court battle: lawyer by Stephen Thorne

Parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh says the move by Tory members of the access-to-information committee could end up in the courts, where he says their attempt is likely to fail.

Nov 13, 2011 — News Article

Tory bid for CBC documents could violate constitution: parliamentary lawyer by Frank Appleyard

In a letter responding to legal questions from the NDP, parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh wrote that MPs on the access-to-information committee are stepping into uncertain constitutional waters, and “could be seen as interfering with and possibly undermining the judicial process.”

Nov 11, 2011 — News Article

Majority backs public funding for CBC, poll finds by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says a Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press suggests 46 per cent of Canadians would like the CBC's funding to stay at the current level and 23 per cent would like it to be increased.

Nov 11, 2011 — News Article

Incomplete Poll by Brian Lilley

Brian Lilley says a CP poll showing most people support the CBC is riddled with hidden bias and self-interest.

Nov 9, 2011 — News Article

Creating the CBC in order to build a nation by Marc Raboy

Columnist says the hoopla surrounding the 75th birthday of the CBC provides a good occasion to recall how and why Canada got a national public broadcaster in the first place.

Nov 8, 2011 — News Article

Hill Dispatches: Heritage Minister joins the gang-up on CBC by Karl Nerenberg

Columnist says the CBC gives a place to Kevin O'Leary, Don Cherry and Rex Murphy, all of whom get to freely express their generally right-of-centre views with alacrity,  yet a good many Conservatives think of the Corporation as a left-wing conspiracy.

Nov 7, 2011 — News Article

Bar association says Tory MPs should back off CBC access case until court rules

The Canadian Bar Association says a parliamentary committee should back off its campaign against the CBC until the Federal Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

Nov 7, 2011 — News Article

CBC in contempt of Parliament if it doesn't produce documents Access Committee requests: Del Mastro by Tim Naumetz

MP Dean Del Mastro says the CBC has no choice but to hand over the documents to an in camera meeting of the Commons Access to Information and Ethics Committee, even though the Federal Court of Appeal is at the moment deciding whether the broadcaster must release them to the Information Commissioner.

Nov 6, 2011 — News Article

Care About This by John Miller

Writer says Canadians should care about the current dispute between Quebecor Inc. and the CBC because it may have serious implications for freedom of expression.

Nov 6, 2011 — News Article

Will Bell Media snap up NHL rights in 2014?

With the big pockets to outbid the CBC, columnist wonders how long it will be before Bell Media aquires the rights to Hockey Night in Canada.

Nov 4, 2011 — News Article

Tim Harper: Less will be Moore’s way of dealing with the CBC

Columnist says that animosity toward the CBC from the government of the day is no longer whispered behind closed doors, but has bubbled up to the surface in strangely obsessive and mean-spirited ways.

Nov 2, 2011 — News Article

PrivilegeWatch: Ethics committee passes redacted version of the Del Mastro order to produce by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says Ethics Committe is no longer seeking the unredacted responses to Access to Information requests filed by FRIENDS.

Nov 2, 2011 — News Article

Opposition boycotts Commons probe of CBC

The NDP and the Liberals boycotted a Commons committee that has been scrutinizing the CBC's approach towards access to information, opposing a Conservative bid to have the public broadcaster turn over internal documents.

Nov 1, 2011 — News Article

CBC to launch a next generation, local digital service in Hamilton Ontario

New local, digital service for Hamilton, Ontario will be accessible through smartphones, desktop/laptop computers and tablet devices.

Nov 1, 2011 — News Article

CBC belongs to Rob Ford, too by Janice Kennedy

Columnist says we have a stake in ensuring that the CBC remains true to its mandate, something it can only do when it's supported, in spirit and in fiscal fact, by most Canadians.

Oct 31, 2011 — News Article

Saving the CBC: The path forward is finding the way back by Michael Harris

Columnist says one of the main reasons that the CBC is vulnerable to Quebecor’s frontal assault is its craving for popularity as a mainstream network.

Oct 31, 2011 — News Article

Cut funding to secretive CBC: Worthington by Peter Worthington

Columnist says it's wrong for the CBC to be bidding on programs that the private sector would run but can’t match because of government funding.

Oct 29, 2011 — News Article

CBC's plan backfired...big time

Columnist says the CBC sending Mary Walsh to Rob Ford's home was a political smear job on a CBC conservative enemy.

Oct 28, 2011 — Blog Post

FRIENDS at the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

FRIENDS tells a Parliamentary committee looking into CBC's access to information policies that the root cause of the public broadcaster's disclosure avoidance is patronage appointments of its Board and President.

Oct 27, 2011 — News Release

PM’s appointees responsible for CBC’s disclosure woes

FRIENDS says the current debate about the CBC's access to information practices lays bare a broader accountability issue.

Oct 27, 2011 — News Article

Make CBC president more accountable, advocacy group tells committee

FRIENDS wants CBC's board to be appointed through a non-political process and then be responsible for hiring the president.

Oct 27, 2011 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics House of Commons

FRIENDS tells a Parliamentary committee looking into CBC's access to information policies that the root cause of the public broadcaster's disclosure avoidance is patronage appointments of its Board and President. 

Oct 27, 2011 — News Article

CBC pals gang up on state broadcaster by Mark Dunn

FRIENDS tells the House of Commons Ethics Committee that CBC President Hubert Lacroix is effectively accountable to no one.

Oct 27, 2011 — News Article

Exclusive: CBC marketing exec Jamie Michaels off to Rogers Media

CBC director of marketing Jamie Michaels has joined Rogers Media to drive ad sales across its marquee sports properties.

Oct 27, 2011 — News Article

Tories want CBC to turn over internal files to Commons committee by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says a bid by the Conservatives to peek at the CBC's internal files is sparking a debate over parliamentary privilege, Charter-protected freedom of the press and the independence of the courts.

Oct 26, 2011 — News Article

War of words heats up between CBC, Quebecor by Chantaie Allick

CBC is accusing Quebecor of “using its newspapers and more recently its Sun News Network TV licence to pursue a campaign against CBC/Radio-Canada” and distorting the truth in that reporting.

Oct 26, 2011 — News Article

Tory government's handpicked CBC board oversees access-to-info file by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says if the Conservative government is rankled by the CBC's attitude towards access to information, it might have a bone to pick with the board of directors it chose.

Oct 26, 2011 — News Article

Tory government's handpicked CBC board oversees access-to-info file by Jennifer Ditchburn

FRIENDS calls for an arm's-length process for CBC board appointments and wants CBC president to be hired by and answerable to the board.

Oct 25, 2011 — News Article

Information watchdog doubts CBC ‘improvement’ on access requests by Jennifer Ditchburn

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault told a House of Commons committee she believes the public broadcaster might be using new internal guidelines to quickly dismiss some access requests, thereby making it easier to claim faster response times.

Oct 25, 2011 — News Article

CBC forced to defend budget, relevance in parliament by Carmen Chai and Glen McGregor

The CBC has found itself under fire, forced to defend its economic value and societal relevance while the country’s access-to-information watchdog suggests the broadcaster may be automatically denying information requests.

Oct 24, 2011 — News Article

Annual Public Meeting

Senior executives of CBC/Radio-Canada will be reviewing highlights of 2010-2011 and provide an overview of the Corporation's direction for the current fiscal year and for the future.

Oct 22, 2011 — News Article

CBC running scared: State broadcaster's false attack ads demonstrate how financial probe is desperately needed

Columnist says CBC has started a defamatory attack on Quebecor as vengeance for raising questions about how taxpayer money is spent by the public broadcaster.

Oct 22, 2011 — News Article

Quebecor Media to CBC: take down website criticisms, or else by Etan Vlessing

Quebecor Media is using the threat of legal action to get CBC/Radio Canada to take down information about the Quebec media giant that it released on its website.

Oct 21, 2011 — News Article

Only Quebecor can confront CBC: Peladeau by Glen McGregor

Quebecor president Pierre Karl Peladeau says the CBC has effectively muzzled criticism by other news organizations by entering into business deals with them and paying their reporters to appear on the network.

Oct 21, 2011 — News Article

It's "ulcer time" again this fall at CBC by Bill Brioux

Blogger says CBC has a tough time every fall when put up against the bright shiny new objects being dangled on the private networks.

Oct 20, 2011 — News Article

Péladeau songe à de nouvelles poursuites contre Radio-Canada

Pierre-Karl Péladeau, CEO of Quebecor, is threatening to sue the CBC over its statement earlier this week that his company has received more than half a billion dollars in public subsidies and benefits over the last three years.

Oct 20, 2011 — News Article

Funding cuts won't impact local CBC programming by Alistair Waters

CBC President says that despite an expected funding cut of between five and 10 per cent to the public broadcaster in next spring’s federal budget, the recent expansion of radio service in Kelowna will not be directly affected.

Oct 20, 2011 — News Article

CBC lashes out at Quebecor’s $500-million in public subsidies by Daniel Leblanc

Columnist says the CBC is fighting back against Quebecor’s attacks on its $1-billion in annual federal funding, accusing the private broadcaster of receiving $500-million in public subsidies over the last three years without being accountable to taxpayers.

Oct 20, 2011 — News Article

Open CBC's records, Quebecor owner says by Leslie MacKinnon

Quebecor's Pierre Karl Péladeau said his company's Sun Media subsidiary is the only media company in Canada willing to investigate the CBC, as he appeared before MPs holding hearings into the CBC's dispute with the federal Information Commissioner over access to information requests.

Oct 20, 2011 — News Article

CBC cancels Hockey Night in Punjabi by Ishani Nath

CBC spokesperson says the public broadcaster will not continue the Punjabi language broadcast this hockey season as they are unable to secure a sponsor.

Oct 20, 2011 — News Article

Not quite three cheers for the CBC by Charles Gordon

Columnist says radio listeners are smarter than CBC programmers think.

Oct 18, 2011 — News Article

Clarify CBC access laws, CRTC chairman tells MPs

Konrad von Finckenstein tells a House Commons committee that the section of the Access to Information Act which applies to the CBC is confusing and like no other he has seen before.

Oct 14, 2011 — News Article

Stop the presses! Harper to create conservative media empire by Gerald Caplan

In this satrical piece, Gerald Caplan explores what would happen if Sun News TV and CBC were forced to combine into one large media empire.

Oct 13, 2011 — News Article

Sign the petition: Hands off our CBC by Bob Rae

The Liberal Party of Canada launches a petition in support of the CBC.

Oct 12, 2011 — News Article

Everyone Loses in CBC vs Quebecor by Matthew Little

Former TV producer Howard Bernstein says the CBC's access-to-info battle taints all involved.

Oct 12, 2011 — News Article

CCPS calls for privatization of the CBC

The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies releases a discussion paper calling on the federal government to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Oct 10, 2011 — News Article

CBC in the news

FRIENDS says although Heritage Minister James Moore has assured Canadians the CBC is safe, "There's more than one James Moore. He's a hydra-headed creature."

Oct 10, 2011 — News Article

Will Conservatives make liberal cuts to the CBC? by Randy Boswell

Columnist says the CBC, embroiled in both a legal fight and a parliamentary probe over its record on responding to access-to-information requests, is now also bracing for deep funding cuts.

Oct 9, 2011 — News Article

Why does the BBC dump so much money in a big glittery bin by making glossy trailers? It turns me silver with rage

Columnist says people should be employed to make programmes, not adverts for them.

Oct 6, 2011 — News Article

CBC boss says rivals have an interest in diminishing public broadcaster by Jennifer Ditchburn

The CBC's top boss says one of its major competitors is determined to damage the reputation of the public broadcaster in order to weaken it and he's determined to set the record straight on Parliament Hill.

Oct 6, 2011 — News Article

PM's party funding cut tip of subsidy iceberg by Stephen Maher

Columnist says that there are times that the Conservatives appear to be highlighting messages - like the gun registry and the CBC - because of their usefulness in fundraising.

Oct 3, 2011 — News Article

Canada’s a fit place for art, artists – and the CBC by Brian Topp

NDP Leadership Candidate says it seems the Conservatives have Canadian culture on their minds as an excellent hot button to press with their supporters.

Oct 3, 2011 — News Article

BBC Two bears brunt of cuts to protect quality drama and Radio 4 by Patrick Foster

BBC's Director-General, will reveal the contents of his Delivering Quality First strategy which will see the corporation announce cuts of around £700million to the £3.5billion it spends each year.

Oct 3, 2011 — News Article

Taxpayers lining up to sign petition and opt-out of the CBC

President and CEO of the National Citizens Coalition says if the federal government is serious about the promises they made during the most recent election it is time they put the CBC on the chopping block.

Oct 1, 2011 — News Article

We shouldn't have expected better in Parliament by Dan Gardner

Columnist says that when a minister of the Crown compels a member of Parliament to state for the record that he opposes assault, rape, and murder, it's safe to say that the government has not embraced a new spirit of reasonableness and co-operation.

Sep 30, 2011 — News Article

Familiar Troubles for Canada's National Broadcaster by Mary Vipond

Columnist says while the evolving media landscape poses new challenges, the CBC remains entangled in a balancing act it has faced since its inception.

Sep 29, 2011 — News Article

CBC Cuts: 10 Per Cent Budget Reduction Sought By Tories Under Heritage Minister James Moore by Althia Raj

FRIENDS says a 10% budget cut would be a devastating blow to the CBC, resulting in station closures affecting those living in rural areas.

Sep 27, 2011 — News Article

PM's aide commissions Ontario riding poll that’s much more to his liking by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary has stepped heavily into the Ontario election, commissioning a 1,000-person poll because he felt a local newspaper underplayed the popularity of the local Progressive Conservative candidate.

Sep 26, 2011 — News Article

Tories demand CBC explain its lengthy access-to-information battle by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says Conservatives are asking the CBC to explain why it is fighting the access-to-information law in the courts, part of increased scrutiny of the public broadcaster's spending and practices by the new majority government.

Sep 26, 2011 — News Article

CBC expands local news service

CBC will introduce new radio and internet services in Kitchener-Waterloo and London, Ont., and expanded weekend news programming for Edmonton, Ottawa, the Maritimes and St. John’s.

Sep 26, 2011 — News Article

CBC continues “Everyone, Every way” promise with new services across Canada

CBC announces new radio and internet services will be introduced for the London and Kitchener-Waterloo areas of Ontario and new weekend news programming will be introduced in Edmonton, Ottawa, the Maritimes and St. John’s through the spring and fall of 2012.

Sep 26, 2011 — News Release

CBC funding comes under Conservative fire despite election promise

Despite an election promise to maintain or increase funding to the CBC, cutting or even eliminating the budget of the national public broadcaster seems to be rising up the agenda of the Harper government.

Sep 23, 2011 — News Article

CBC funding under microscope in Conservative surveys by Bill Curry

Columnist says a string of Conservative surveys is putting CBC funding under the microscope as the Harper government debates how big a hit Canada’s public broadcaster will take as part of government-wide restraint plans.

Sep 16, 2011 — News Article

CBC's 'level playing field' has $1.1-billion taxpayer-funded turf by J. Serge Sasseville

Quebecor Media's vice president of corporate and institutional affairs says CBC's vice-president of brand, communications and corporate affairs is stating halftruths to mask its misguided attempts at avoiding accountability.

Sep 13, 2011 — News Article

Get The Facts

The CBC responds to David Krayden's August 29 column about CBC/Radio-Canada.

Sep 13, 2011 — News Article

Quebecor survey just another attempt to tear down CBC by Bill Chambers

Writer takes issue with Montreal Gazette editorial regarding the use of taxpayers' money to defend the CBC's court case with the federal information commissioner.

Sep 13, 2011 — News Article

Rebuilt SCN unveils schedule by Will Chabun

Conceding it has a bit of the flavour of A&E in its early days, Bluepoint Broadcasting says SCN's business plan was loosely modelled on Alberta's Access TV network post-privatization, and might be replicated in other markets.

Sep 9, 2011 — News Article

CBC, Bell join forces to bid for 2014 and 2016 Olympics

Columnist says a successful bid by the new bilateral partnership will combine the strength of CBC/Radio and Bell Media's Olympic broadcasting history to deliver to all Canadians, in English and French, the most comprehensive, diverse, and media-rich Games ever seen in Canada.

Sep 9, 2011 — News Article

Bell Media, CBC team up for Olympics bid by Susan Krashinsky

Columnist says he IOC potentially faces a situation where only one bid is submitted from Canada’s broadcast industry to broadcast the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Sep 8, 2011 — News Article

Poll suggests Canadians have no idea of CBC cost but believe whatever it is, it’s too much by Steve Mertl

An Abacus Data poll commissioned by QMI Agency and published in the Toronto Sun, suggests taxpayers underestimate how much the CBC gets from the federal government while at the same time most think it's getting too much.

Sep 8, 2011 — News Article

Time for the CBC to leave the nest by Ezra Levant

Columnist says a recent poll by Abacus Data Inc. says "the consensus groupthink in Canadian media - everyone agreeing how wonderful the CBC is - is not shared by grassroots Canadians."

Sep 1, 2011 — News Article

TV turns to digital from analog across Canada

Viewers who relied on outdoor antennas or rabbit ears for their television signal now need a converter box or a digital tuner in order to watch television.

Aug 29, 2011 — News Article

It's time for the CBC to move out by David Krayden

Columnist says Stephen Harper needs to ask himself why this country needs a publicly funded radio and television network.

Aug 17, 2011 — News Article

CBC wins one-year delay in digital TV switch by Vito Pilieci

With more than 600 towers that rebroadcast CBC signals to less populated areas, the national broadcaster said it simply can't afford to meet the CRTC's demands to beam high-quality and often high-definition digital TV signals to a majority of Canada's populace for free over the air.

Aug 16, 2011 — News Article

CBC cleared to continue some analog TV signals

CBC will continue to broadcast analog over-the-air television signals from 22 transmitters that could have been shut down after the mandatory changeover to digital TV on Aug. 31.

Aug 14, 2011 — News Article

The Happy Gang revisited: charting the future of the CBC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that as commercial choices and international choices proliferate, a public broadcaster of Canadian programming becomes more distinctive and more relevant, not less.

Aug 14, 2011 — News Article

Consider this: CBC Radio's Metro Morning in Toronto a model of success

Columnist says that Metro Morning – which draws one million listeners and has been number one in Canada’s largest city for the past eight years – is proof that excellence does not have to be elitist.

Aug 8, 2011 — News Article

Canada's CBC adds Walton to exec roster by Jennie Punter

The CBC has tapped former Echo Bridge Entertainment production exec Trevor J. Walton as executive director of commissioned and scripted programming for its English services.

Aug 8, 2011 — News Article

How The BBC Is Quietly, Confidently Shaping The Future Of TV by Kit Eaton

Columnist says it's worth watching what the BBC gets up to with new technology, because what it's achieved is pointing to a new future in television.

Aug 7, 2011 — News Article

Digital divide: DTV switch leaving some in dark by Peter Hadzipetros

As of August 31, 2011 the CRTC is requiring all broadcasters to go digital in 30 markets, including all provincial capitals and cities with a population of 300,000 or greater.

Aug 5, 2011 — News Article

CKLN will move to online broadcasting

CKLN, which was located at 88.1 on the FM dial, went off the air in April because the CRTC said the station was not complying with its licence.

Jul 30, 2011 — News Article

PBS Is More Relevant Than Ever in the Age of Reality TV, Says Network President by Marisa Guthrie

"Our shareholders aren’t on Wall Street. They’re on Main Street," says Paula Kerger president of PBS.

Jul 30, 2011 — News Article

A new reason to support the CBC by Don Tapscott

Columnist says the CBC supports diverse voices within the media landscape, and distinctive programming not available from any other broadcaster.

Jul 29, 2011 — News Article

Will Kirstine Stewart save the CBC? by Michael Posner

Columnist says FRIENDS has complained that the CBC's ratings gain has been built on the back of cheap, lowbrow American imports, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Jul 21, 2011 — News Article

CBC focusing on new frontier by John Agnew

Managing director of CBC Saskatchewan says CBC formally asked for permission from the CRTC to continue broadcasting in analog in all those markets facing the loss of over-the-air service.

Jul 21, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

FRIENDS asks the CRTC for clarification on the closing date for comments on the CBC application for a Saint John transmitter.

Jul 19, 2011 — News Article

CBC won't dish on party costs by Brian Lilley

Columnist says CBC won't disclose what it is spending on its 75th anniversary celebrations.

Jul 17, 2011 — Policy Brief

Re: Application 2011-0966-1 amendment: a transmitter to serve Saint John

Submission to the CRTC on CBC's proposal for a digital transmitter to serve Saint John New Brunswick.

Jul 16, 2011 — News Article

TVO’s IdeaShaker turns its focus to tablets by Emily Claire Afan

With unit shipments of media tablets around the world expected to grow from current 17 million to 145 million in 2015, TVO is readying its foray into the space with its forthcoming video app players.

Jul 14, 2011 — News Article

Letter to the Toronto Sun editor

CBC says Sun Media has published incorrect information about CBC/Radio-Canada regarding reports that "the latest federal budget quietly gave the CBC an extra $60 million in welfare."

Jul 14, 2011 — News Article

CBC 'has to do its part,' minister says

CBC/Radio-Canada could see its federal funding cut in the next budget, Heritage Minister James Moore says.

Jul 13, 2011 — News Article

Tories take us for fools on CBC

Editorial states that the latest federal budget quietly gave the CBC an extra $60 million which can be handed back to the government in order to meet demands to find 5% efficiencies within the CBC.

Jul 13, 2011 — News Article

CRTC postpones CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal hearings by Hubert Lacroix

CBC President thanks all those who submitted interventions to the CRTC re: CBC's upcoming license renewal.

Jul 12, 2011 — News Article

Heritage Minister James Moore on Q

James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, says FRIENDS has "lied to the public about what our government has done."

Jul 12, 2011 — Blog Post

Heritage Minister on CBC Radio

In his appearance on Q on July 12, Heritage Minister James Moore defamed Friends of Canadian Broadcasting when he said that we have lied to the public about what his government has contributed to fund the CBC.

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CRTC Delays CBC License Renewal Hearing To 2012 by Etan Vlessing

A question mark over government funding for Canada's public broadcaster has pushed upcoming license renewal hearings to June 2012.

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC licence-renewal process delayed by CRTC

The CRTC has postponed hearings to renew broadcast licences for CBC/Radio-Canada until next year after numerous interveners have requested a postponement to the licence renewal process.

Jul 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC licence hearing delay fuels speculation about budget cuts by by Elizabeth Thompson

Speculation that the government is preparing to slash the CBC’s budget is on the rise after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced it is postponing the CBC’s licence renewal hearing for almost a year.

Jul 4, 2011 — News Article

Arts and culture: making the case for federal cash by Dan Leger

Columnist says there's little political capital in recognizing that many Canadians value the arts and treasure how they define our country.

Jul 4, 2011 — News Article

CBC's pitch for support of its CRTC licence renewal applications

Canada's public broadcaster outlines its requests to the CRTC in their license renewal application.

Jul 3, 2011 — News Article

Terry Milewski: an equal-opportunity offender by John Allemang

CBC Senior Political Correspondent, Terry Milewski, says Canada suffers from an outrage shortage.

Jun 24, 2011 — News Article

Canada Post's defenders destroy their own argument by Lorne Gunter

Equating government funding to the CBC to goverment funding for Canada Post, Columnist says Canadians are free to listen to whatever they like, but not to expect taxpayers to subsidize personal preference.

Jun 23, 2011 — News Article

CRTC response to FRIENDS' request by Robert Morin

The CRTC responds to FRIENDS' June 20th request to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.

Jun 22, 2011 — News Article

Fewer regs and stable coin on CBC/Radio-Canada wishlist by Etan Vlessing

CBC/Radio-Canada is pushing for stable funding and less regulation as it heads towards radio and TV license renewal hearings before the CRTC.

Jun 21, 2011 — News Article

Rogers’ mobile TV stance under attack at CRTC hearings by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau has played the Netflix card by urging the CRTC to end red tape for Canadian carriers to help them fend off competition from over-the-top U.S. digital platforms.

Jun 20, 2011 — Blog Post

Letter to the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein regarding CBC licence renewals

FRIENDS urges the commission to extend the July 18 deadline for comments from Canadians regarding the licence renewals of the CBC’s various services.

Jun 18, 2011 — News Article

The CBC deserves a better argument by Brian Lee Crowley

Columnist says the CBC should be justifying its continued existence based on the benefit it provides, not on what it costs Canadians.

Jun 17, 2011 — News Article

CRTC: Has the CBC strayed from its pubcaster mandate? by Etan Vlessing

The CBC’s relevance with Canadians, and whether it should distinguish itself from its private sector rivals, are the focus of the CRTC’s online probe before hearings on renewing the network’s radio and TV licenses start on September 12th.

Jun 17, 2011 — News Article

Is the CBC’s funding in jeopardy under a Stephen Harper majority? by Andy Radia

A recent report, commissioned by the CBC and prepared by Deloitte & Touche, claims the public broadcaster contributed $3.7 billion in "gross value added" to the Canadian economy in 2010 based on expenses of $1.7 billion.

Jun 15, 2011 — News Article

CBC/Radio Canada of net benefit to Canada, study says by Etan Vlessing

CBC/Radio Canada offers a net benefit to the Canadian economy, according to a Deloitte and Touche LLP report commissioned by the public broadcaster.

Jun 14, 2011 — News Article

Que. man crusades against switch to digital TV

A Quebec City man is trying to draw attention to his fight to be able to keep watching Hockey Night in Canada for free after the CRTC's August 31 deadline for over-the-air television broadcasters to switch their analog signals to digital.

Jun 13, 2011 — News Article

CBC Television: From arts champion to glorified karaoke club by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC is reneging on its responsibility as a public broadcaster by failing to present the arts to Canadians on TV.

Jun 8, 2011 — News Article

Cancon drives CBC to second place by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the CBC's consistent ratings for homegrown shows like Rick Mercer Report and Dragons’ Den has allowed the it to vault over Global Television and Citytv in the Canadian broadcast league table.

Jun 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC Builds on Success with Fall TV, Digital Strategy

CBC Executive Vice-President sets out what the public broadcaster has in store for the next five years, including plans to introduce new online and digital media services and an increase in regional programming.

Jun 8, 2011 — News Article

The Economic Impact of CBC/Radio- Canada

Deloitte & Touche study estimates the contribution of CBC/Radio-Canada to the Canadian economy, or the gross value added (“GVA”), in 2010 was $3.7 billion, arising from an expenditure of $1.7 billion.

Jun 7, 2011 — News Article

Ottawa confirms CBC and CMF funding in budget by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Finance minister Jim Flaherty made good on an earlier commitment to give the Canada Media Fund $100 million per year in on-going funding, and for the ninth year running gave the CBC “one-time” funding of $60 million.

Jun 1, 2011 — News Article

Sun News interview with Margie Gillis

Sun News host Krista Erickson challenges Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis on the public funding she's received over her 39-year career.

May 31, 2011 — News Release

Dalton Camp Award returns home

Nine years after its creation, the Dalton Camp Award returns to Fredericton this week with the presentation of the 2011 DCA Award at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

May 30, 2011 — Blog Post

The Conservatives' Hidden Agenda For Public Broadcasting And Cultural Sovereignty

A briefing note to FRIENDS supporters outlines the huge and troubling gap between Stephen Harper's words and deeds regarding the CBC and Canada's cultural sovereignty

May 26, 2011 — News Article

Why Harper’s majority is good news for the left by Gerry Nicholls

The former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition says Stephen Harper’s recent majority victory may motivate people to support organizations that are seen to defend their progressive values.

May 26, 2011 — News Article

CBC Takes First Steps to Improve Service for Millions as Part of "Everyone, Every Way" 2015 Strategic Plan

CBC announced the first details of an initiative with an increased local focus, part of its recent commitment under the 2015 strategic plan "Everyone, Every Way," to introduce or improve services to more than six million Canadians.

May 21, 2011 — News Article

CKLN: From revolution to radio silence by Adrian Morrow

Earlier this year, the CRTC pulled CKLN's license in the wake of an internal power struggle two years ago and has now lost its radio frequency and is confined to broadcasting online.

May 21, 2011 — News Article

German pubcasters hone new edge by Ed Meza

German pubcasters are taking a radical approach as they seek to shed their stodgy, geriatric image in an effort to attract more youthful audiences.

May 20, 2011 — News Article

CBC goes to pilot with a police procedural by Etan Vlessing

Phyllis Platt, CBC Television’s interim executive director, confirmed the pubcaster is going to pilot with Cracked, a police drama from White Pine Pictures.

May 20, 2011 — News Article

Minister Moore speaks to Sun TV's Krista Erickson

Federal Heritage Minister James Moore takes Sun News anchor Krista Erickson to task on her reference to the CBC as a "state broadcaster."

May 14, 2011 — News Article

Christopher Bland: A gross media manipulation that has eroded public trust in Government

Columnist says Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's Director of Communications and Strategy, used the faults of the BBC to draw attention away from a real threat to the Government's credibility.

May 6, 2011 — News Article

Lamenting Canada's Public Broadcaster: Does it Matter? by Shlomo Schwartzberg

After being impressed by CBC's coverage of the federal election, Sclomo Swartzberg discusses the need for a public broadcaster in Canada.

May 3, 2011 — News Article

CBC funding secure, heritage minister says

Conservative Heritage Minister James Moore says his government believes in the CBC as a key cultural institution and has no plans to cut its funding following his party's recent electoral victory.

Apr 30, 2011 — News Article

Harper ducks questions on Governor General and coalition by Robert Benzie

Columnist says an invite-only group of Tory supporters tried to shout CBC Reporter Terry Milewski down after asking Stephern Harper if he would honour any decision by the Governor General to invite the NDP Leader to form a government if the Tories fail to win a majority.

Apr 30, 2011 — News Article

Video: Tory supporters boo CBC reporter

Conservative supporters booed CBC journalist Terry Milewski at a GTA campaign stop after he challenged Stephen Harper on whether he would accept a decision by the Governor General to hand power to the opposition parties in the wake of the May 2 election.

Apr 30, 2011 — News Article

Why are Harper supporters heckling the media? by John Ivison

Columnist says supporters of Stephen Harper called for the shut down of the CBC during a campaign stop in Richmond Hill.

Apr 28, 2011 — News Article

What's missing from this picture? The Tories by Jamie Portman

Columnist says the Conservative Party's election platform is sparse on culture and that Tory candidates won't turn up to discuss it.

Apr 26, 2011 — Blog Post

Stephen Harper on the CBC

Stephen Harper quotes on the CBC collected by his own party.

Apr 26, 2011 — News Article

What would a Harper majority look like? by Andrew Cohen

Columnist says with a Conservative majority, Stephen Harper may slash public services, eventually starving or selling the CBC.

Apr 26, 2011 — News Article

Harper government, enemy of the arts? by Jamie Portman

FRIENDS says in key cultural areas, such as broadcasting, the government has shown "a slender attachment to the truth."

Apr 25, 2011 — News Article

Del Mastro called broadcasting advocacy group spokesman a fraud just prior to election call By Brendan Wedley

Columnist says Conservative incumbent Dean Del Mastro called FRIENDS spokesperson a fraud one week before the Tory government fell on a contempt of Parliament motion.

Apr 24, 2011 — News Article

A glimpse behind the curtain that hides the Harper Conservatives: Are plans afoot to kill the CBC? by David J. Climenhaga

At an all candidates meeting, an Alberta Conservative MP says "I don't know that we need a national broadcaster in 2011… We have to wean them off … of the taxpayer's dollar…"

Apr 23, 2011 — News Article

BBC, Under Criticism, Struggles to Tighten Its Belt by Sarah Lyall and Eric Pfanner

Television producer and media analyst Paul Pazalgette says, "In the Internet age, in a Tower of Babel of rumor and paranoia and the place where people think that Elvis is alive, Paul McCartney is dead and the Jews blew up the Twin Towers, there is more of an argument than ever for an independent, state-funded, trusted and reliable source of news and information."

Apr 21, 2011 — News Article

Arts groups launch election manifesto by Jamie Portman

More than 70 arts services organizations from British Columbia to Newfoundland have joined ranks to issue an unprecedented election manifesto calling on politicians of all stripes to safeguard federal cultural institutions such as the CBC and Canada Council for the Arts.

Apr 21, 2011 — News Article

Press Release: Michael Ignatieff announces new support for Canadian artists

The Liberal Party says they will provide the CBC and Radio-Canada with stable and predictable funding in support of their unique and crucial roles as well as double funding to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Apr 20, 2011 — News Article

Conservative Senator Pam Wallin accuses the CBC of bias

Conservative Senator Pam Wallin says that the CBC is giving Michael Ignatieff a disproportionate amount of coverage because “the CBC (is) concerned about what will happen with its funding.”

Apr 19, 2011 — News Article

Braid faces feisty crowd at forum by Frances Barrick

Kitchener Waterloo Conservative incumbent accuses the former Liberal government of cutting CBC funding while the Liberal candidate says they had no choice as the previous Conservative government had built up a deficit.

Apr 18, 2011 — Blog Post

We Love CBC in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar

Campaign volunteers in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar corner their MP - Conservative Kelly Block - about CBC Funding.

Apr 11, 2011 — News Article

Consortium bumps up French debate to avoid Habs-Bruins conflict by Tobi Cohen and Monique Muise

Columnist says the consortium of broadcasters behind the televised leaders' debates has agreed to bump the French language event up a day to in order to avoid having to compete with Thursday's Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins game for viewers.

Apr 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC looks ahead with ambitious five-year plan by Eric Volmers

The head of CBC/Radio Canada says the public broadcaster is moving ahead with its plan to increase local and regional news, enhance its digital platforms and generally make the CBC more Canadian as part of a five-year strategy.

Apr 8, 2011 — News Release

Who is lying now?

FRIENDS says that at the direction of the Prime Minister's Office, Conservative MPs have engaged in a national campaign to mislead voters concerning the Harper government's investment in the CBC.

Apr 4, 2011 — Blog Post

Parliamentary Funding of CBC - 2000-2012

Chart showing the total parliamentary funding of the CBC over the last decade indexed by Prime Minister and expressed in 2011 dollars.

Apr 4, 2011 — Blog Post

Letter to the General Manager & Editor in Chief of CBC News Re 2011 Leaders debates

In view of the comments of CBC's Ombudsman, FRIENDS urges the General Manager & Editor in Chief of CBC News to reconsider the decision to exclude the Green Party from the 2011 Leaders debates.

Mar 31, 2011 — News Article

The Office of the Ombudsman: The consortium decision on the leaders' election debates

CBC Ombudsman says the obligation to provide equitable coverage does not mean the need to provide equal coverage, and there is reason to believe that media will find many other ways to integrate the Green Party into political journalism.

Mar 31, 2011 — News Article

CBC-TV doesn't need 'crutches' like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune

CBC-TV says it is reducing the amount of U.S. programming on the main network, calling its reliance on foreign imports "a crutch."

Mar 28, 2011 — News Article

Air Farce actor Roger Abbott dies

Roger Abbott, co-founder of the political satire group Royal Canadian Air Farce, has died 14 years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Mar 22, 2011 — News Article

Government of Canada renews investment in CBC/Radio-Canada

The Government of Canada announced that the investment of $60 million in funding that CBC/Radio-Canada been receiving since 2001 for Canadian programming initiatives has been renewed for another year.

Mar 22, 2011 — News Article

Harper government blocks release of CBC information by Brian Lilley

Columnist says the federal government has stripped out relevant information from documents it released about the CBC.

Mar 21, 2011 — Policy Brief

Mandate and Funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS says that implementing the Committee's recommendation of increasing the CBC's parliamentary grant to at least $40 per capita would be a good first step in addressing the funding gap for Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 21, 2011 — News Article

McQuaig: Luxury for the rich but ‘realism’ for the rest of us by Linda McQuaig

Columnist asks if CBC executives consider Kevin O’Leary’s "homage to greed" a profound message for Canadians.

Mar 21, 2011 — News Article

Get The Facts

Letter to MP Dean Del Mastro clarifying that CBC/Radio-Canada has no relationship with FRIENDS.

Mar 20, 2011 — News Article

BBC World Service to sign funding deal with US state department by Ben Dowell

Columnist says the BBC World Service is to receive a "significant" sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China.

Mar 17, 2011 — News Article

BBC 'wasting nearly £80m a year through poor staff management' by John Plunkett

Columnist says an internal report finds some staff are under-performing and thousands are paid salary top-up for which they do not qualify.

Mar 16, 2011 — News Article

CBC announces three key exec changes by Brendan Christie

The CBC has announced three key executive changes to take effect April 4th.

Mar 10, 2011 — News Article

The Stumbles of Two Public Broadcasters by Jeffrey Dvorkin

Former Managing Editor and Chief Journalist for CBC Radio says the role of news and information at the CBC seems to be clearly in decline.

Mar 10, 2011 — News Article

Is CBC in danger? by Chris Hunter

FRIENDS says because media perpetuates Canadian cultural sovereignty, deteriorating funding for the CBC would have a vast impact on Canadian identity.

Mar 10, 2011 — News Article

In defense of NPR by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Columnists say that only the creation of a substantial trust fund for public media will free it from the whims and biases of politicians.

Mar 10, 2011 — News Article

Fund the CBC: Pennies a Day to Protect Canadian Identity

Green Party Leader says, “Canadians care deeply about the CBC and want to see its high quality of programming maintained—that can only be done with increased federal funding."

Mar 9, 2011 — News Article

Harper cuts CBC’s grant

Approximately 100,000 voters have signed the I Love CBC petition, which calls on the Prime Minister to increase CBC funding from the current level of $33 per Canadian per year to $40.

Mar 8, 2011 — News Article

CBC pundit censured for offensive exchange by Sarah Boesveld

The CBC’s Ombudsman has blasted businessman and commentator Kevin O’Leary for using the term ‘‘Indian giver’’ on his CBC News Network show, denouncing the term as “unambiguously offensive.”

Mar 7, 2011 — News Article

CBC bets regional future on the web by Andrea Nemetz

CBC President Hubert Lacroix talks about the future of the CBC in the different regions, the importance of sports broadcasting and where public radio fits in the national fabric moving forward.

Mar 7, 2011 — News Article

Standing on Guard for the CBC by Brenda Hartwell

Columnist says a strong national broadcaster is absolutely essential to our country and our democracy.

Mar 7, 2011 — News Article

Organizational Announcement by Kirstine Stewart

CBC's Executive Vice-President of English Services announces a new senior management team and a new organizational structure for English Services.

Mar 6, 2011 — News Article

Public Broadcasting Needs Three More Years by Shelly Palmer

Columnist says within three years, Internet-connected television sets will reach a critical mass in households that make up (demographically speaking) the vast majority of the Public Broadcasting audience.

Mar 3, 2011 — News Article

Quebecor's Péladeau posts hat-trick week by Max Harrold

Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered the removal of a Superior Court judge deemed biased against Péladeau in an ongoing defamation suit launched by the media magnate after he was likened to a hoodlum by the head of Radio-Canada.

Mar 2, 2011 — News Article

Our culture is not a commodity and it shouldn't be treated as such by Jack MacAndrew

FRIENDS poll shows 88 per cent of respondents believe that as our economic ties with the USA get closer, it is becoming more important to strengthen Canadian culture and identity.

Feb 28, 2011 — News Article

CBC not asking for funding to fill holes in controversial digital transition plan by Karen Fournier

FRIENDS says they hope the CRTC will not accept the CBC's proposal stop over-the-air reception to Moncton and Saint John.

Feb 27, 2011 — News Article

Public Broadcasting Faces New Threat in Federal Budget by Elizabeth Jensen

NPR’s vice president of policy and representation says a confluence of events  have created “the most determined, organized and sophisticated challenge to federal funding for public radio — ever.”

Feb 27, 2011 — News Article

CBC Ombudsman report on cigarette packaging complaint evasive by Sandy Crux

Blogger says CBC officials and staff do not see their organization’s intrinsic lack of respect and even-handedness for alternative opinions.

Feb 27, 2011 — News Article

Yes it is fair to call CBC the state broadcaster by Brian Lilley

Senior Correspondent for Sun Media's National Bureau says referring to the CBC as "state broadcaster" is accurate and factual.

Feb 24, 2011 — News Article

Tell your Senators how you feel - about eliminating federal funding for public TV and radio

PBS affiliate asks its viewers to contact their senators, urging them to maintain funding for public broadcasting.

Feb 18, 2011 — News Article

"The CBC lies all the time": Immigration Minister Jason Kenney by Dana Lacey

FRIENDS says recent comments made by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney betray a sinister and hostile view of Canadian public broadcasting.

Feb 17, 2011 — News Article

Minister Moore likes CBC's five-year plan, but makes no cash commitments by Perry Hoffman

Minister of Canadian Heritage applauds CBC/Radio-Canada for its new five-year strategic plan, but remains unclear on whether the public broadcaster can expect to see any increases in funding from the federal government.

Feb 17, 2011 — News Article

Lacroix committed to working with indie producers by Patricia Bailey

CBC President says he’s committed to working with independent producers but that they must keep production costs down and be innovative.

Feb 16, 2011 — News Article

Bev Oda ‘has to go,’ Ignatieff says

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney quoted by the Canadian Press saying “The CBC lies all the time. What media are you with?”

Feb 16, 2011 — News Article

Translation: CBC/Radio-Canada: Minister Kenney Piles On by Hugo De Grandpré

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses CBC of lying all the time.

Feb 16, 2011 — News Article

SRC: le ministre Kenney en rajoute by Hugo De Grandpré

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses CBC of lying all the time.

Feb 16, 2011 — News Article

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses French CBC of lying "all the time"

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is in hot water after accusing Radio-Canada of "lying all the time".

Feb 14, 2011 — Ad Campaign

A Valentine's Day Message to Prime Minister Harper

A full-page ad that appeared in the February 14, 2011 edition of The Hill Times.

Feb 12, 2011 — News Article

E.P.A. and Public Broadcasting Are on House Republicans’ List for Deep Cuts by Carl Hulse & David M. Herszenhorn

House Republicans have rolled out what they called historic cuts in federal spending after conservatives in the party’s new majority demanded leadership follow through on a pledge to carve $100 billion from the current year’s budget.

Feb 12, 2011 — Blog Post

CBC Television proposal to cut over-the-air service to Moncton and Saint John

A CBC TV proposal before the CRTC will see a majority of New Brunswick residents cut off from access to over-the-air television.

Feb 10, 2011 — News Article

CRTC accused of nepotism by Laurin Liu

FRIENDS says the current government has seen fit to exercise its legal right to give the CRTC direction and overturn its decisions on a frequency that is unprecedented.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Government preparing Globalive ruling response

Industry Minister Tony Clement has hinted the government will formally respond to a surprise Federal Court ruling that quashed a cabinet order allowing Egyptian-backed Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to operate in the country’s wireless sector.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Question Period discussion on Government Appointments

New Democratic Party MPs ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage about recent appointments to the board of the CBC and the position of vice-chair at the CRTC, claiming the only qualification of those appointed is being friends of the government.

Feb 8, 2011 — News Article

Médias: l'influence conservatrice s'accroît by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté & Hélène Buzzetti

Columnists see the appointment of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC as an attempt by the Conservative government to influence the media universe it its favour.

Feb 7, 2011 — Blog Post

Briefing note: A form letter from Conservative MPs

In a briefing note to supporters, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, comments on a form letter being circulated by Conservative MPs about funding to the CBC.

Feb 6, 2011 — News Article

CBC’s sports operations dwindle toward extinction by Bruce Dowbiggin

With conventional delivery models for content being squeezed by new technologies, CBC is left to compete against well-capitalized communications giants that can amortize rights purchases and talent raids against their cellphone or cable TV businesses.

Feb 4, 2011 — News Article

Question Period discussion on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Liberal Heritage critic asks the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage if the Conservative government will provide the CBC with adequate funding to implement it's newly released five year strategic plan.

Feb 3, 2011 — News Article

Richard Stursberg lands at Telus as advisor by Etan Vlessing

After his exit last August, former CBC head of English language services Richard Stursberg has resurfaced as a senior advisor on media and entertainment strategy for Telus Corp.

Feb 2, 2011 — News Article

2015: Everyone, Every Way

In its five year strategic plan, CBC/Radio-Canada says that whether it’s connecting them to this country, to their communities, or to each other as individuals, CBC/Radio-Canada will be there — for everyone, every way.

Feb 2, 2011 — News Article

Richard Stursberg returns by Greg O'Brien

Columnist says former CBC executive vice-president Richard Stursberg made his first official industry appearance since he was let go by the public broadcaster, appearing for Telus as an expert consultant during the big carrier’s appearance in front of the CRTC.

Feb 2, 2011 — Blog Post

I Love CBC rally in Peterborough, ON

Citizens turned up in full force at the Peterborough Public Library on January 27, 2011 to show their support for Canada's public broadcaster.

Feb 2, 2011 — Blog Post

FRIENDS’ take on the CBC’s new five year strategic plan, “Everyone, Every way”

While the focus on the significance of regional broadcasting is important and welcome, we are troubled that the CBC proposes to do more with less, a formula that often results in half measures that fail.

Feb 2, 2011 — News Article

CBC five-year plan includes new radio stations

The CBC says it will open new radio stations and expand others across the country as part of a new, five-year plan.

Jan 30, 2011 — News Article

CBC champions set to present petition by Rob O’Flanagan

A local co-ordinator of I Love CBC petition says he doubts whether Canada would be intact if it were not for the unifying influence of the public broadcaster.

Jan 27, 2011 — News Article

More than 100 show up to support CBC by Elizabeth Bower

About 120 people chanted and marched in downtown Peterborough in support of the CBC following a remark by MP Dean Del Mastro questioning if the government should stay in the broadcasting business.

Jan 27, 2011 — News Article

CBC petition at market

People shopping at the Guelph Farmers’ Market have a chance to sign a petition being circulated by local FRIENDS supporters who are alarmed at recent anti-CBC remarks by a federal government official.

Jan 27, 2011 — News Article

CBC supporters rally at library by Joel Wiebe

In response to MP Dean Del Mastro's comment questioning if the government should stay in the broadcasting business, a crowd filled the square in front of the Peterborough Library to chant, sing, and wave signs in support of the CBC.

Jan 25, 2011 — News Article

Public Displays of Disaffection by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

A recent FRIENDS poll shows that the majority of respondents feel Stephen Harper's government has a hidden agenda that favours private corporate broadcasters.

Jan 24, 2011 — News Article

BBC Online to slash jobs, websites

The BBC will trim its online budget by 25 per cent, eliminate about 360 jobs and close hundreds of websites as part of overall cost-cutting efforts and a desire to streamline its internet offerings.

Jan 24, 2011 — News Article

TV Ontario Connects To Boxee and Yahoo! TV by Etan Vlessing

TVOntario has introduced Boxee and Yahoo! TV apps to get its kids content onto the next-generation online TV devices.

Jan 24, 2011 — News Article

CBC TV digital transition in New Brunswick

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.

Jan 24, 2011 — News Article

Editorial: A Smarter CBC

Columnist says CBC needs to think hard about becoming a public broadcaster again and that dropping Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy is an impressive improvement.

Jan 21, 2011 — News Article In-Depth: Smashing the CBC's silos hasn't been easy, says CEO Hubert T. Lacroix by Greg O'Brien

CBC Preseident Hubert Lacroix talks about the public broadcaster's place in the new media landscape.

Jan 21, 2011 — Blog Post

Who's in charge at the CBC?

There have been some contradictory messages coming from CBC executives recently about whether Canada's public broadcaster will continue to air American game shows in prime-time television.

Jan 21, 2011 — News Article

Over-the-air to digital TV transition in New Brunswick

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.

Jan 20, 2011 — News Article

Don’t touch our CBC, local supporters say by Mathew McCarthy

CBC supporters are circulating FRIENDS' I Love CBC petition which they want to send to Ottawa in advance of the upcoming Parliamentary session, where the CBC’s budget will be on the agenda.

Jan 20, 2011 — News Article

CBC to drop popular game shows by Brian Lilley

FRIENDS says the deal to carry Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy came with a price tag of $20 million per year.

Jan 20, 2011 — News Article

TV rabbit ears set to go way of the dodo by Greg Weston

FRIENDS says about three million people, often elderly and low-income, still depend on over-the-air service.

Jan 20, 2011 — News Article

Tremonti Wants You by Stephen LaRose

Columnist says the commercial media aren’t interested in delivering information to their audience and that their mission is to attract eyeballs and ears to advertisers.

Jan 19, 2011 — News Article

Tories thumb nose at CBC demand they pull clip from ads by Jane Taber

According to a recent memo, Conservatives argue the use of CBC footage falls under fair-dealing provisions in copyright law.

Jan 19, 2011 — News Article

New CBC head to undo predecessor’s controversial legacy by Guy Dixon

Kirstine Stewart wants to replace Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with Canadian shows – which she insists can pull in the same kind of ratings.

Jan 19, 2011 — News Article

CBC to Jettison U.S. Game Shows for Homegrown Fare by Etan Vlessing

CBC is looking to get out of U.S. syndicated game show business by replacing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! with homegrown fare.

Jan 19, 2011 — News Article

CBC to keep U.S. game shows by Raju Mudhar

CBC Spokesperson says Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy average between 800,000 and 1 million viewers nightly.

Jan 18, 2011 — News Article

Why a PM shouldn’t watch CBC (or other) newscasts by Norman Spector

Columnist says the Canadian news media is increasingly finding themselves in the entertainment business with their success dependent upon selling eye-balls to advertisers.

Jan 18, 2011 — News Article

New CBC head to undo predecessor’s controversial legacy by Guy Dixon

Kirstine Stewart, the new head of CBC English-language services says she will replace Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! with Canadian shows – which she insists can pull in the same kind of ratings.

Jan 18, 2011 — News Article

CBC wants file footage yanked from Conservative ads; Tories say No by Marie Vastel

CBC spokesperson says the Conservatives did not seek permission to use CBC content in three ads that were posted online and broadcast on TV.

Jan 10, 2011 — News Article

Appointment of New Executive Vice-President, English Services

Message from CBC President Hubert Lacroix to CBC employees, January 10, 2011.

Jan 10, 2011 — News Article

Kirstine Stewart appointed Executive Vice-president, English services

CBC/Radio-Canada has announced that Kirstine Stewart, since August 2010 the interim Executive Vice-president of English Services, has been appointed to the position.

Jan 8, 2011 — News Article

Filmmakers cheer SCN renewal by Sean Trembath

Columnist says local filmmakers are optimistic about the year ahead following the approval of a new five-year broadcasting licence for the Saskatchewan Communications Network.

Jan 6, 2011 — News Article

CBC on the Cutting Room Floor by Quiet Mike

Blogger urges readers to join with FRIENDS in supporting the CBC by signing their "I Love CBC" petition.

Jan 3, 2011 — News Article

CBC Revenues, Expenses and Salaries, 2009

Study shows CBC salaries totalled $929 million dollars in 2009, or 56.9% of all expenses and 83.2% of program expenses.