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All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2012

Dec 26, 2012 — News Article

BBC Faces U.K. Government Probe of Severance Packages by Georg Szalai

Britain's public spending watchdog will look at rising payouts for top executives after politicians criticized the $725,000 severance for short-lived BBC boss George Entwistle.

Dec 26, 2012 — News Article

After 38 commercial-free years, CBC Radio could bring back ads by Kate Taylor

The CRTC is expected to hand the CBC its licence renewal this spring, and it must decide whether to permit the broadcaster, after 38 years of commercial-free radio programming, to place ads on its music networks. 

Dec 20, 2012 — News Article

Report absolves BBC executives of trying to bury sex-abuse scandal, blames chaos, not coverup by Raphael Satter

An internal review says institutional chaos and confusion — but not a coverup — were to blame for the BBC's disastrous handling of pedophilia allegations involving one of its best-known children's television personalities.

Dec 17, 2012 — News Article

BBC Outs Itself for Gay and Lesbian Stereotypes by Stuart Kemp

A new report says the BBC should be bolder and more creative with its depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Dec 14, 2012 — News Article

What is fee for carriage?

A backgrounder explaining the fee for carriage issue in light of the Supreme Court overturning lower-court decision that let the CRTC rule.

Dec 11, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC-2011-379-6: Final Comments

FRIENDS submits final comments to the CRTC on several subjects: CBC Television - Balanced Schedule, Programs of National Interest, and Regional Production; CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique - Commercial Messages; and CBC Television - NHL Hockey.

Dec 11, 2012 — News Article

PBS Shakes up Programming Department (Exclusive) by Marisa Guthrie

Beth Hoppe, who joined the public broadcaster last year from Discovery Studios, has been promoted to chief programming executive.

Dec 9, 2012 — News Article

CBC looks at starting “loyalty” program by Dean Beeby

Columnist says The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.

Dec 8, 2012 — News Article

CBC looking to snare more viewers, listeners and shoppers with "loyalty" program by Dean Beeby

The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.

Dec 8, 2012 — News Article

La SRC veut faire grimper et fidéliser son auditoire

CBC Television calls for proposals to develop an audience loyalty program in response to the NHL lockout and government cutbacks.

Dec 7, 2012 — News Article

Beyond the smoke and noise, real disputes slowly getting solved by Sean Gordon

Columnist says there will likely not be a 2012-13 hockey season but that things aren’t necessarily as dire as they seem.

Dec 7, 2012 — News Article

Taxpayers should pay more for the CBC by Simon Houpt

Columnist says permitting commercials on CBC Radio will almost certainly distort the ad market, depressing ad rates and squeezing profit margins.

Dec 6, 2012 — News Article

Access to Information system 'vulnerable' to budget cuts: info czar by Jim Bronskill

Information Commissioner applauds  CBC President Hubert Lacroix for showing leadership by making compliance with the Access to Information Act a priority.

Dec 6, 2012 — News Article

Canada Post still failing, CBC improving on access to information, says watchdog

The CBC got an A for its processing of requests in 2011-12, up from an F for its performance two years ago.

Dec 6, 2012 — News Article

CBC gets an A from information watchdog by Leslie MacKinnon

The CBC has moved from an F or failing grade to an A, according to Suzanne Legault, the information commissioner and watchdog for the federal government's access to information laws.

Dec 4, 2012 — News Article

OurBeeb forum session 2: accountability and the Savile scandal

Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC that is fit for the digital age. 

Dec 4, 2012 — News Article

OurBeeb forum session 1: funding and the licence fee

A discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting. 

Dec 4, 2012 — News Article

OurBeeb forum session 4: creativity, culture and digital public space

Tony Ageh, Kamila Shamsie and Bill Thompson outline their perspectives on the current and future position of the BBC in the UK’s artistic ecosystem. 

Dec 4, 2012 — News Article

OurBeeb forum session 3: pluralism, news and current affairs

Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’. 

Nov 29, 2012 — News Article

Critics slam CBC proposal for ads on radio

Competitors call on CRTC to block CBC bid to run ads on Radio Two and Espace Musique.

Nov 28, 2012 — News Article

Esther Enkin Appointed as New CBC Ombudsman

Esther Enkin, currently Executive Editor of CBC News, has been appointed as the Corporation’s new Ombudsman for English services, effective January 1, 2013.

Nov 28, 2012 — News Article

CBC names Esther Enkin as ombudsman

The executive editor of CBC News, Esther Enkin, has been appointed as the corporation’s new ombudsman for English services.

Nov 27, 2012 — Policy Brief

FCB Undertaking #2, November 23 re: Application of the BBC Trust Model in Canada

FRIENDS presents information concerning the BBC Trust model and its potential to address accountability issues at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Nov 27, 2012 — Policy Brief

FCB Undertaking #1, November 23 re: Forecast of Potential CBC/SRC Radio Advertising Revenues

FRIENDS presents information on projected revenues should the CRTC approve the CBC's proposal to introduce commercials on Radio Two and Espace Musique.

Nov 26, 2012 — News Article

BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten Defends Embattled Broadcaster by Stuart Kemp

The former MP says that despite making "awful mistakes," the broadcaster can recapture the public's trust.

Nov 24, 2012 — News Article

BBC Brass Questioned Over Exit Pay for Former Director General by Stuart Kemp

BBC Trustee Anthony Fry tells a parliamentary committee he was irritated by the large sum of money paid to George Entwistle who resigned after just 54 days in office.

Nov 23, 2012 — News Article

BBC appoints new director to help rebuild reputation by John F. Burns and Alan Cowell

Tony Hall's record of innovation includes overseeing the launch of the BBC website, the broadcaster’s 24-hour news channel, and Radio 5 Live, a widely popular, news-and-sport radio channel.

Nov 23, 2012 — News Article

CBC licence renewal: CRTC hearings look at advertising on CBC Radio by Tony Wong

Karen Wirsig, staff representative with the Canadian Media Guild, says putting ads on CBC Radio is not good policy from a long term perspective.

Nov 23, 2012 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC on the licence renewals for the CBC’s French and English-language services

In a presentation to the CRTC, FRIENDS recommends that the broadcast regulator help CBC learn how to earn and deserve renewed public support – and then mobilize that support to advocate for resources to do its job. 

Nov 23, 2012 — News Article

Watchdog to CBC: ‘Don’t prostitute your crown jewels’ by Olesia Plokhii

FRIENDS calls on the CRTC to deny CBC a new stream of advertising revenue and ensure the corporation has a contingency plan in place for the loss of a lucrative contract with the NHL.

Nov 22, 2012 — News Article

Starving the CBC: Years of Cuts, and Now the NHL Lockout by Peter Tupper

FRIENDS says that despite promises from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is a 37 per cent gap between the increases in overall government spending and the CBC's decreasing portion of funding during the years 2006 to 2015.

Nov 20, 2012 — News Article

CBC seeks greater flexibility by Jim Bronskill

FRIENDS says the move towards more commercialization will turn CBC into a private broadcaster which loses $1 billion a year rather than the public broadcaster that Canadians rely upon for credible news and Canadian entertainment.

Nov 19, 2012 — News Release

CBC plans to go more commercial

FRIENDS says the CBC has presenting a plan for the renewal of its broadcasting licences that will make it less of a public service broadcaster, and less distinctive.

Nov 19, 2012 — News Article

CBC asks CRTC to lighten its regulatory burden

The strict regulatory shackles of the past don't work in today's fast-moving environment, CBC president Hubert Lacroix told a CRTC.

Nov 18, 2012 — News Article

Michael Healey on the nation-building role of the CBC Transcribed by Simon Houpt

Playwright and actor Michael Healey says a public broadcaster’s mission is the acquisition and maintenance of nationhood.

Nov 17, 2012 — News Article

Crockatt comments cause criticism at byelection debate

Conservative candiadate Joan Crockatt saya she would like to see cuts to the public broadcaster, claiming the French language channel broadcasts pornography.

Nov 16, 2012 — News Article

Journalistic safeguards at CBC News by Jennifer McGuire

Editor says commentators are calling on the BBC to adopt a similar management framework that is already in place at CBC News.

Nov 14, 2012 — News Article

CBC goes on a programming diet for the winter by John Doyle

Columnist gives his take on CBC 2013 winter season launch.

Nov 14, 2012 — News Article

BBC Crisis: Budget Cuts Have Hurt Flagship News Show 'Newsnight' (Report) by Georg Szalai

Industry insiders say the program, at the center of the debate about the U.K. broadcaster's editorial standards, has seen its budget cut in half in recent years.

Nov 14, 2012 — News Article

CBC must prepare for life after hockey by Michael Nolan

Columnist says the preponderance of sports programming for ratings and advertising revenue, especially the 60-year run of HNIC, has made CBC English television resemble a subsidized private broadcaster.

Nov 14, 2012 — Blog Post

The Stars come out for CBC - Media Event

Leading personalities from the worlds of Canadian business, literature, music and the arts speak out about the importance of public broadcasting at a news conference in Toronto.

Nov 14, 2012 — News Article

NHL lockout gives CBC a winter lineup of repeats by Tony Wong

The CBC says it will use repeats to fill the Hockey Night in Canada void caused by the protracted NHL labour dispute.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

NHL absence not hurting us, CBC head says CP Video

CBC exec Kirstine Stewart says the absence of Hockey Night in Canada isn't dragging down the broadcaster.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Release

Stars come out for the CBC

Leading personalities from the worlds of Canadian business, literature, music and the arts will speak out about the importance of public broadcasting at a news conference sponsored by FRIENDS. 

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

BBC's 'Newsnight' Covers Its Own Woes, Broadcaster's Wider Crisis by Georg Szalai

The flagship news show at the heart of the controversy surrounding the U.K. public broadcaster reports on its own troubles.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

TVO cancels shows, cuts jobs to save $2M

Three of the best-known shows on Ontario's public television network have been cancelled as TVO moves to cut $2 million from its budget.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

BBC chief to staff: Stop tweeting our troubles

Fran Unsworth, the newly appointed head of BBC News, had sent an email urging staff to pull together and refrain from discussing its bungled reporting of a child sex-abuse scandal online.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

Canada's TVO Network Chops Jobs and Big Ticket Shows by Etan Vlessing

North America's largest educational public broadcaster is looking to reduce its reliance on government coin and increase digital revenue.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

NHL lockout creates hole in CBC winter schedule

Executive vice-president of English services says CBC is already re-running TV programs because of federal cutbacks earlier this year and the NHL lockout threatens to create a bigger hole in the public broadcaster's winter season.

Nov 13, 2012 — News Article

TVO cancels 'Saturday Night at the Movies' and cuts up to 40 jobs

Ontario's publicly funded broadcaster is cutting up to 40 positions and cancelling "Saturday Night at the Movies" after a nearly four decade run as part of an effort to save $2 million.

Nov 12, 2012 — News Article

BBC scandal spreads as two more senior editors step aside by Henry Chu

Columnist says the BBC is battling mounting criticism and outright ridicule as it scrambles to contain its worst crisis in years.

Nov 12, 2012 — News Article

2 Executives Step Aside at the BBC as Turmoil Over Reporting Deepens by Alan Cowell and John F. Burns

Columnist says the BBC is struggling to contain a spreading crisis over its reporting of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal as two senior executives temporarily withdraw from their jobs in the wake of the resignation of the corporation’s director general.

Nov 12, 2012 — News Article

BBC news chief steps down amid pedophilia scandal by Simon Houpt

The BBC says a pedophilia scandal was the primary cause of an ugly episode that forced its director-general George Entwistle from office and has thrown top management into open conflict with the corporation.

Nov 11, 2012 — News Article

BBC Crisis: Rupert Murdoch Pushes for Government Role in Reforms by Georg Szalai

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch arguea that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron should reform the BBC and its organization.

Nov 9, 2012 — News Release

Victoria candidates to discuss the future of public broadcasting

FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Victoria by-election.

Nov 9, 2012 — News Release

Calgary Centre candidates to discuss the future of public broadcasting

FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Calgary Centre by-election.

Nov 9, 2012 — News Article

BBC suspends investigations at top news program after airing discredited child abuse report by Cassandra Vinograd and David Stringer

The BBC apologizes for airing a report featuring accusations from a child abuse victim which the victim later retracted.

Nov 6, 2012 — News Article

Former BBC Boss Expresses 'Shock and Sadness' About Abuse Scandal by Georg Szalai

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson says that during his tenure he was not aware of any wrongdoing by former Top of the Pops host Jimmy Savile.

Nov 4, 2012 — News Article

UK minister says the BBC could face a public inquiry over Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal by David Stringer

Culture Secretary Maria Miller says that a formal investigation into the BBC could be launched, if its own internal inquiries don't establish how Jimmy Savile's behaviour was allowed to go unchecked for decades.

Nov 2, 2012 — News Article

BBC to Shut Down Two Channels in India by Nyay Bhushan

The British broadcaster is pulling the plug on an entertainment and a kids network, citing “challenging” economics for channel operators in India.

Nov 2, 2012 — News Article

Watching the Watchdog: Reimagining the CBC by Tim Knight

Columnist says the CBC can only be fixed if it's closed down and started again.

Oct 30, 2012 — News Article

No TV Hockey Has Canadians Watching More American Shows by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the NHL lockout is good news for domestic cable channels enjoying a surge of male viewers as the CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" goes to re-runs on Saturday nights.

Oct 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC's international radio transmitters in New Brunswick to shut down

The high-power shortwave transmitters used to broadcast CBC's international radio service to the world will be permanently shut down.

Oct 29, 2012 — News Article

Harper undoing Bennet's 'conservative' legacy by Val Werier

Columnist says that in a bizarre twist of history, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismantling institutions, such as the CBC, initiated some 80 years ago by another Conservative prime minister, Richard Bedford Bennett.

Oct 26, 2012 — News Article

BBC Trust Chairman Predicts Resignations in Wake of Jimmy Savile Abuse Probes by Georg Szalai

Lord Patten in a round of TV interviews says new BBC boss George Entwistle has been hit with a "tsunami of filth" and has questions to answer.

Oct 26, 2012 — News Article

A tale of two charters: the BBC and the commons by Graham Murdock

Columnist says that building an open and inclusive digital commons is the best, and perhaps the only, hope the public has of sustaining a public culture that can underwrite and reinvigorate citizenship in increasingly fractured times.

Oct 26, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada to cut $28.4M to deal with loss of LPIF by Danielle Ng See Quan

CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting its budget by a further $28.4 million next year, in fiscal 2013-2014.

Oct 25, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio Canada to Cut Another $28.5 Million by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund, a key industry subsidy pool, means small market stations will limit growth plans and original programming.

Oct 25, 2012 — News Article

CBC to cut a further $28M from next year’s spending plans by Steve Ladurantaye

CBC says it will cut $28.4-million from its spending plans by 2014 due to the national broadcast regulator’s decision to cut a programming fund that was created during the recession to help pay for local programming.

Oct 25, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada outlines plan to deal with the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund

CBC explains to its employees how it will deal with the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.

Oct 24, 2012 — News Article

Hate crime investigation launched surrounding Ezra Levant’s Roma broadcast by Eric Mark Do

The Roma Community Centre in Toronto wants police to investigate comments made by Ezra Levant in a recent broadcast on Sun News Network as a hate crime.

Oct 23, 2012 — News Article

Netflix Shares Plunge on Disappointing Third-Quarter Results by Paul Bond

Netflix adds fewer streaming customers than investors had hoped for and lowers end-of-year guidance.

Oct 23, 2012 — News Article

CBC News Toronto at 11 debuts on CBC TV

CBC Toronto is expanding its late night TV newscast to offer more breaking news, live reports, weather and exclusive stories.

Oct 19, 2012 — News Article

Nordicity Corrects Factual Errors in Critique of Advertising Study for CBC/RADIO-CANADA Television

In December of 2011, Nordicity completed an assignment for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada that sought to assess the impact on the CBC/Radio-Canada and on the wider Canadian broadcasting system if the CBC/Radio-Canada were to remove advertising from its television offerings.

Oct 16, 2012 — News Article

Québécisation de Radio-Canada: surprise, surprise by Félix Hallée-Théoret

Columnist says the French language services of CBC behave as a Quebec broadcaster.

Oct 15, 2012 — News Article

Study: NHL Lockout a Bad Omen for Canada's CBC Network by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says losing the "Hockey Night in Canada" TV rights in 2014 could eliminate a third of its TV audience and half of its English TV ad revenue.

Oct 14, 2012 — News Article

Radio-Canada's Quebec-centric focus doesn't meet licence mandate: study claims by Bruce Cheadle

A long-standing complaint concerning Quebec navel-gazing by the CBC's French-language news service has been revived as the national broadcast regulator considers Radio-Canada's licence renewal.

Oct 14, 2012 — News Article

Radio-Canada’s focus on Quebec doesn’t meet licence mandate, study says by Bruce Cheadle

Columnist says a long-standing complaint concerning Quebec navel-gazing by the CBC’s French-language news service has been revived as the national broadcast regulator considers Radio-Canada’s licence renewal.

Oct 14, 2012 — News Article

La SRC trop centrée sur le Québec, selon une étude by Bruce Cheadle

Radio-Canada is too Quebec-centric, according to study.

Oct 13, 2012 — News Article

Canada's continued support for TV5MONDE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces further support in the amount of approximately $6.3 million for 2013, for TV5MONDE, the world's leading francophone television network.

Oct 12, 2012 — News Article

Tough times may be ahead for the CBC by Andy Radia

FRIENDS says "The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC".

Oct 12, 2012 — News Article

For NHL sponsors, puck does not stop here by Susan Krashinsky

As the hockey season is scaled back, sponsors are scrambling to shift marketing dollars and maintain brand presence.

Oct 11, 2012 — News Article

BBC Impartiality Review Will Examine Religion, Immigration and Europe Reporting

Ex-ITV chief Stuart Prebble is tasked with overseeing an independent review into whether or not the U.K. broadcaster is balanced in its coverage of such hot topics.

Oct 10, 2012 — News Article

CBC must explain Hockey Night in Canada contingency plan: lobby group by Jordan Twiss

FRIENDS estimates that hockey earns a $15 million profit for the CBC, and the loss of HNIC would cost the pubcaster 400 hours of programming and $200 million.

Oct 10, 2012 — News Article

CBC has much at stake in next NHL television rights negotiation by Bruce Dowbiggin

FRIENDS says it will be demanding answers about HNIC’s future on November 19 when the CRTC begins its review of the CBC's broadcast licenses.

Oct 10, 2012 — News Article

CBC hockey loss ‘would be devastating’ by Sean Davidson

FRIENDS warns that the possible loss of NHL games in 2014, when the contract between the league and the national pubcaster comes up for renewal, would be a “devastating financial loss” for CBC.

Oct 10, 2012 — News Article

NHL lockout: Get ready for hockey rerun night in Canada: Mudhar by Raju Mudhar

Columnist says the CBC has a novel idea that takes into account that this is the first NHL lockout in the social media age and using that too its advantage, with its Hockey Night in Canada: Your Pick plan.

Oct 9, 2012 — News Release

NHL lockout just the tip of the iceberg for CBC

The CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires.

Oct 9, 2012 — News Article

How the NHL Lockout Could Devastate the CBC by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS calculates that the CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires.

Oct 9, 2012 — News Article

Time to elect the BBC Trust? by Adam Ramsay

Columnist asks if it might be time to end government appointments and have BBC elections.

Oct 9, 2012 — News Article

CBC opens new B.C. bureau in Kamloops

The CBC has opened its first radio station in 14 years — in Kamloops, B.C.

Oct 8, 2012 — News Article

Whose Liberals Will Justin Trudeau Lead?

Columnist asks whether Justin Trudeau will pledge to reverse cuts to the CBC, the environment department and public science.

Oct 5, 2012 — News Article

Letter to the editor: Comment on CBC by Brenda Baker

Reader says that there was a time when it felt like the voices, culture and opinions of Saskatchewan were a part of CBC's core programming, but not anymore.

Oct 5, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: CRTC 2011-379: Licence Renewals for the CBC’s French- and English-language services

FRIENDS supports the renewal of CBC's various licences subject to a number of comments, recommendations and proposed conditions.

Oct 5, 2012 — News Article

Hubert T. Lacroix reappointed for a second five-year term

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages announced that Hubert T. Lacroix has been confirmed for a second five-year term as President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Oct 4, 2012 — News Article

PBS CEO Paula Kerger: Mitt Romney's Debate Attack Was 'Stunning' by Jack Mirkinson

The CEO of PBS fires back at Mitt Romney, saying that it was "stunning" that the Republican candidate had singled her network out in the presidential debate.

Oct 4, 2012 — News Article

Hockey Night In Canada returns with 'Your Pick'

The 2012-13 NHL season may be on hiatus, but Hockey Night In Canada won’t be – thanks to some help from its fans.

Oct 4, 2012 — News Article

Opening statements from the latest Great Canadian Debate on the CBC by Andrew Coyne & Mark Starowicz

The opening statements of Andrew Coyne and Mark Starowicz in their debate regarding the necessity of the CBC.

Oct 3, 2012 — News Article

What should we do about the CBC? by Michael Bliss

The past, present, and future of the CBC is up for intellectual grabs in the first of The Great Canadian Debates being hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute at the Canadian War Museum.

Sep 30, 2012 — News Article

Al-Jazeera's political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention by Dan Sabbagh

Al-Jazeera English journalists protest after being ordered to re-edit UN report to focus on Qatar emir's comments on Syria.

Sep 30, 2012 — News Article

Don’t turn the CBC into an on-air beggar by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says if the CBC adopts the PBS model of funding, it will be doomed to become a narrow elite service, rather than a mainstream player that is integral to Canadian democracy and generates almost 40 per cent of the audience for Canadian shows.

Sep 28, 2012 — News Article

Another view: Have your say on CBC

Columnist says what the CBC needs now more than ever is imaginative leadership that will give it the most bang for its bucks.

Sep 27, 2012 — News Article

Editorial: CBC funding and future: Have your say

FRIENDS points out that in contrast with public broadcasters in other Western democracies, the CBC president and board are essentially appointed at the behest of the prime minister.

Sep 27, 2012 — News Article

Canadian TV hurt by lockout

Columnist says Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season.

Sep 27, 2012 — News Article

NHL lockout could hit Canadian TV networks hard

Columnist says Canadian television networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue if the NHL lockout extends into the regular season.

Sep 26, 2012 — News Article

Canadian television could take a major hit if NHL lockout continues

Columnist says networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

Sep 25, 2012 — News Article

From live output to living output - Entwistle points to a new digital revolution by Mandy Rose

Columnist says new BBC Director-General George Entwistle's first speech echoes one of the missions set out for him on ourBeeb earlier this summer: to "create genuinely digital content for the first time"

Sep 24, 2012 — News Article

Kevin O'Leary: He's not a billionaire, he just plays one on TV by Bruce Livesey and Tim Kilandze

Columnists say people in the investment community are turning on Kevin O'Leary over the performance and management style of his funds.

Sep 21, 2012 — News Article

CBC's place in 'public space' by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says the CBC is Canadians' public space in the media, a space that is vital for the health of our democracy, and that is worth protecting for future generations.

Sep 17, 2012 — News Article

Digital reach, not size, at issue for CRTC’s Bell-Astral decision by Barrie McKenna

BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says Canadian media companies need heft to compete with U.S. giants Netflix Inc., Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.

Sep 16, 2012 — News Article

Ads on CBC Radio like condos in Point Pleasant Park by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says CBC Radio offers a much-needed “public space” in Canada’s audio-visual system.

Sep 14, 2012 — News Article

CBC challenges BCE-Astral by Steve Ladurantaye

The CBC has stepped into the debate over BCE Inc.’s $3.4-billion acquisition of Astral Media at the last minute, insisting it be allowed to voice its objection to the company’s plan to launch a French news network as part of the deal.

Sep 14, 2012 — News Article

Is Radio 1's quest for the elixir of youth doomed to fail? by Dan Hancox

Columnist asks whether the digital revolution has irreparably broken the relationship between young people and the BBC.

Sep 13, 2012 — News Article

Why is the CBC afraid of Harper? by Rob Salerno

Columnist believes the arts community should be leaders in critical thought and speech when the government commits absurdities and that the CBC should be at the forefront.

Sep 9, 2012 — News Article

Pan Am Games a consolation prize for CBC by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says CBC’s acquisition of the TV rights to the Pan Am Games is a natural fit for the current mandate of placating its government critics first and then trying to make the numbers work.

Sep 6, 2012 — News Article

Salutin: Stursberg’s CBC legacy nothing to brag about by Rick Salutin

Colunist says that despite the opinion of Richard Stursburg, one won’t find anyone who ever actually said the CBC ought to produce for the elites.

Sep 5, 2012 — News Article

CRTC to hold public hearing to renew CBC/Radio-Canada’s licences

The CRTC is inviting Canadians to participate in the consultation for the renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s radio and television licences.

Sep 5, 2012 — News Article

Editor's blog: £3m for Clarkson, £42m for CBeebies - how the BBC spends its money by Dan Hancox

Editor asks whether Britains should be so obsessed with cost in public service broadcasting.

Aug 30, 2012 — News Article

Mitt Romney And The Arts: How He Plans To Gut Federal Funding by Lucas Kavner

Columnist says chopping into already meagre arts funding has been a Republican priority for a few years now.

Aug 28, 2012 — News Article

Radio 3 - why it matters, and why it shouldn't dumb down classical music by Sarah Spilsbury

Columnist says the BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV - it's vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn't slip down the same route.

Aug 24, 2012 — News Article

Regenerating Britain's local media: can public service broadcasting come to the rescue? by Justin Schlosberg

Columnist says unchecked media concentration over several decades has allowed some groups to accumulate vast amounts of revenue and influence, with disastrous consequences for ethical journalism and democracy.

Aug 18, 2012 — News Article

Romney to ax art funding by Jillian Steinhauer

In an upcoming Fortune interview, Mitt Romney says he will cut funding for the arts and eliminate the PBS subsidy if elected.

Aug 14, 2012 — News Article

Have your say tonight on the CBC you want by Amy Smart

Members of the public have an opportunity to share their views on the future of the CBC at a panel discussion hosted by FRIENDS.

Aug 14, 2012 — News Article

CBC aims to divide pie for coming Olympic Games by Simon Houpt

CBC, the sole winner of the broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, reveals that it intends to strike deals with a long list of private partners to deliver those Games on cable, broadcast, online and mobile channels.

Aug 12, 2012 — News Article

Opinion: Ads on CBC Radio are as out of place as condos in Stanley Park by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says that as Canada’s national public broadcaster, it’s CBC’s job to present radio and television programs that meet the needs of citizens, rather than delivering audience eyes and ears to advertisers.

Aug 9, 2012 — News Article

Radio Interview: The CBC We Want

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, speaks on the Bill Good Show about the future of public broadcasting and The CBC We Want town hall meetings.

Aug 6, 2012 — News Article

With Live Streaming and New Technology, BBC Tries to Be Everywhere at the Olympics by Eric Pfanner

While some American television viewers are grumbling about the retro feel to NBC’s London Olympics coverage, with tape-delayed broadcasts of the opening ceremony and other events, audiences in Britain are getting a more contemporary — even futuristic — TV Games.

Aug 2, 2012 — Blog Post

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2011-379-2

Response from the CRTC to FRIENDS' recommendation that the commission examine the importance of hockey rights to the overall CBC English Television commercial revenue model.

Aug 1, 2012 — News Article

London 2012: CBC wins rights to broadcast next two Olympics in Canada

VP of English Services says the CBC is inherently different than a group of private corporations, namely in their profit motive and dhe is not expecting the CBC to make money off the Olympics, but she’s confident they will break even.

Jul 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC & TVO End Analogue Broadcasting Today, Advocate Group Seeks Community Access to Transmission Towers

CBC claims that the shut down of its 623 analogue transmitters will save $10 million annually without reducing its amount of local programming.

Jul 27, 2012 — News Article

Tens of thousands of Canadians to lose free access to CBC TV July 31

Press release says CBC and Radio-Canada will shut down 623 analog transmitters on July 31, ending free access to the CBC and Radio-Canada over the air in hundreds of small cities, towns and rural areas.

Jul 25, 2012 — News Article

Now from our sponsors – commercials are great, right? by John Doyle

Columnist says some might suggest that CBC Radio having commercials might prevent it from airing certain documentary programming in order to appease advertisers.

Jul 19, 2012 — News Article

The CBC should refocus its mandate on information and culture

News release says the CBC president's recent declaration that "Canadian content and culture would be the single 'biggest failed promise' of a purely free market broadcast model" represents a point of view that should guide the revision of the crown corporation's mandate.

Jul 12, 2012 — Policy Brief

Applications by the CBC to renew broadcasting licences for radio, television, and specialty television as per Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-379-2 and your letter to the CBC dated 18 May 2012

FRIENDS recommends that as part of the CBC licence renewal process, the CRTC carefully examine the importance of hockey rights to the overall CBC English Television commercial revenue model.

Jul 8, 2012 — News Article

From trainee to top job at the BBC

A man who started at the BBC as a journalism trainee has been appointed to the British broadcaster’s top job.

Jul 6, 2012 — News Article

"Dispatches, you will be missed" by CBC

Jian Ghomeshi, talks about the loss of CBC programme "Dispatches" and the impact of budget cuts to public broadcasting.

Jul 5, 2012 — News Article

CBC stars flock to Calgary for Stampede season by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says for the CBC, the Calgary Stampede represents a delicate melding of its constituent cultures.

Jun 29, 2012 — News Article

Hubert Lacroix’s game: Sacrifice a pawn to save your king by Simon Houpt

Columnist says CBC President Hubert Lacroix seems to believe that the best defence is a good offence and is in the midst of transforming the CBC into a nimble model for the digital age.

Jun 29, 2012 — News Article

Top Tory strategist new pick for CBC board

Longtime Conservative party strategist Marni Larkin is the newest member of the CBC board of directors.

Jun 28, 2012 — News Article

What you need to know about the shutdown of over-the-air analog service

CBC/Radio-Canada is decommissioning its over-the-air analogue television transmission network on July 31, 2012.

Jun 27, 2012 — News Article

Un conservateur à la tête du CA de Radio-Canada by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

A Conservative is appointed Chair of CBC's board of Directors.

Jun 26, 2012 — News Article

RCI ends shortwave broadcast

RCI host Marc Montgomery says, that while the internet can be and is regularly blocked by authoritarian regimes, shortwave broadcasts almost always get through to people hungry for information.

Jun 26, 2012 — News Article

Bell, CBC drop Olympic bids

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says the public broadcaster could pursue a bid to broadcast the 2014 Olympic Games on its own.

Jun 25, 2012 — News Article

CBC Cutbacks Target Prairie Musicians by Brenda Baker

Saskatchewan artists speak out about the CBC's decision to eliminate all live recordings of musicians on the Prairies and Newfoundland, and about the dwindling presence of regional artists in general on CBC's national airwaves.

Jun 18, 2012 — News Article

New Hits Needed; Apply to NPR by Elizabeth Jensen

Columnist says new shows developed for NPR face a big hurdle: limited open time slots and a risk-averse public-radio culture, where time-tested audience and money generators make it challenging for new shows to thrive.

Jun 18, 2012 — Blog Post

Conservative MP calls CBC a "money pit, rife with bureaucracy and waste"

In a letter to a constituent, Tom Lukiwski, a Conservative MP for Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre, writes that the CBC is a "money pit, rife with bureaucracy and waste". 

Jun 18, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: PN CRTC 2012-0509-7 CBC Analog Transmitters

FRIENDS says the CRTC should defer a decision on a CBC proposal to cut off free over-the-air TV service to large numbers of Canadians until the Corporation's network licences are reviewed.

Jun 17, 2012 — News Article

CBC set to unplug analog service July 31 by Cheryl Browne

CBC corporate services says because of recent budget cuts, the public broadcaster cannot justify spending $10 million on the maintenance and repair of 620 aging transmitters.

Jun 11, 2012 — News Article

Federal Court Asks CRTC to Review the Status of CBC/Radio-Canada Station CBEF in Windsor

An investigation has concluded that CBC/Radio-Canada had failed to fulfil its obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act by not consulting the Francophone community in southwestern Ontario or considering the repercussions that the radio station's closure would have on the community.

Jun 11, 2012 — News Article

Ballet Or Battle Of The Blades: CBC Has To Choose by Richard Stursberg

Former executive vice-president of CBC English services says that if the corporation is to survive recent cuts, it will need to make several tough choices, including between serving the public at large or serving elites.

Jun 7, 2012 — News Article

CBC president says broadcaster can't 'be all things to all people' by Cassandra Szklarski

Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, says the broadcaster hopes to generate $50 million through various measures that include putting ads on Radio 2 and leasing more than 74,000 square metres of real estate by 2017.

Jun 5, 2012 — News Article

Rallies in Saskatoon, Regina protest CBC cuts

Local recording artists and other members of the arts community attended events in Regina and Saskatoon to voice their concerns about recent cuts to CBC.

Jun 1, 2012 — News Article

‘Canada comes to Waterloo’ in discussion about CBC future by Chris Herhalt

Several thousand online and hundreds in person took part in the launch of “CBC We Want,” a virtual town hall and panel discussion about the future of the institution.

May 25, 2012 — News Article

Suggestion by Cactus that CBC/Radio-Canada should offer its analogue infrastructure to communities

Press release says CACTUS risks confusing communities about the critical distinction between towers and transmitters, and of the different circumstances facing CBC/Radio-Canada and TVO.

May 21, 2012 — News Article

Hockey Night going doughy? by Kevin Brooker

Former CBC vice president for English Services says it's going to be very difficult to compete against the all-sports cable networks when it comes time for the public broadcaster to negotiate the next NHL rights purchase.

May 21, 2012 — News Article

CRTC Reschedules CBC License Renewal for November 2012 by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the upcoming regulatory hearing follows Canada's public broadcaster slashing jobs and programming to absorb government cuts.

May 18, 2012 — News Article

Letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix

Letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix regarding applications by the public broadcaster to amend the licences of Radio 2, Espace musique, and their affiliated stations to permit national advertising

May 18, 2012 — News Article

CBC Problems Start At The Top by Barry Kiefl

The CBC's former head of research says that outmoded management systems are crippling our most important cultural institution.

May 16, 2012 — News Article

New CBC Service Should Be Music To Canadians’ Ears by Don Tapscott

Columnist says the new CBC music service, which streams songs online, is a boon for Canadian musicians and music lovers and is not, as some claim, an infringement on the rights of private companies.

May 15, 2012 — News Article

The crunch has come for the CBC to reacquire relevance by Michael Nolan

Columnist says the muted celebration and budgetary retrenchment surrounding the 80th anniversary of public broadcasting in Canada on May 26 are no reasons for Canadians to fret about the state of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

May 15, 2012 — News Article

Tonight's disconnect? Cancelling Connect with Mark Kelley by Nicole Blanchett Neheli

Columnist says that when Connect clears the airwaves on June 22nd, it will be a blow to both its loyal viewers and innovative journalism.

May 14, 2012 — News Article

Canadian Broadcasting Consultation

FRIENDS was able to garner enough post-budget financial support from Canadians to twice run a full-page ad in the Globe and Mail which revealed that the CBC is "being singled out for disproportionate, draconian damage."

May 14, 2012 — News Article

Relations with minister key to getting government appointments by Elizabeth Thompson

Columnist says maintaining good relations with Heritage Minister James Moore and his staff will be a key requirement for heads of the boards of Canada’s cultural institutions.

May 11, 2012 — News Article

CBC trots out fall TV lineup in appeal for advertising dollars by Jamie Sturgeon

Late night talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and CBC dragon Kevin O’Leary were called upon to drum up support from advertisers for the public broadcaster’s leaner programming lineup next fall.

May 11, 2012 — News Article

Follow-up on meeting with representatives of the union coalition (SCRC, STARF, AR, SCFP)

CBC president's response to requests made by unions representing CBC employees.

May 10, 2012 — News Article

CBC Hamilton service officially launches

CBC's new digital Hamilton service, which provides local news, weather, traffic and information about things to do around the Ontario city, has been launched.

May 10, 2012 — News Article

Book Review: Tower of Babble an entertaining, infuriating, look at Stursberg's CBC by Greg O’Brien

Cartt.ca editor says The Tower of Babble: Sins Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC is an easy, entertaining read bound to inform, anger, confuse and confirm a lot about what people in the industry have thought about both Richard Stursberg and the CBC.

May 6, 2012 — News Article

CBC: New season, less original programming by Bruce DeMara

Columnist says that despite the appearance of business as usual, executives have been busy slashing CBC spending since the March federal budget, which decreed major cuts to the broadcaster set to reach 10 per cent, about $115 million, within three years.

May 4, 2012 — News Article

Vancouver's Reimagine CBC Celebration takes a creative approach to helping the public broadcaster by Craig Takeuchi

Lead Now will be organizing small meetups across country to engage citizens in casual conversations and discussions about the CBC.

May 3, 2012 — News Article

The CBC in crisis by Wade Rowland

Columnist says the funding crisis facing CBC should be seen, not as a calamity, but an opportunity for CBC television to become what it has never been - a true public broadcaster.

May 2, 2012 — News Article

The Stursberg Files – Part 1 by Chris Powell

Richard Stursberg, former head of CBC's English language services, believes the culture at Canada’s public broadcaster has become less poisonous since his departure, but that it still faces a huge technological battle against better-funded rivals.

May 1, 2012 — News Article

‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy’ dropped from CBC fall schedule

CBC’s director of content planning said the series were part of an old strategy to draw attention to homegrown shows and they have served their purpose.

Apr 30, 2012 — News Article

Jean wins 'people's pick' for next CBC chair

Former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean has won the ‘people’s pick’ for the next chair of the CBC, according to an online poll sponsored by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 30, 2012 — News Release

Michaëlle Jean is the People’s Pick for CBC Chair

FRIENDS says the CBC belongs to all Canadians and its leadership positions should be open to the best and brightest citizens, not just those on the government’s patronage pay-off list

Apr 30, 2012 — Blog Post

People’s Pick for CBC Chair

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper with the results of the People's Pick for CBC Chair, an online vote sponsored by FRIENDS to underscore the need to end the practice of appointing CBC’s leadership through political patronage.

Apr 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC to jettison Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!

Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, two popular U.S. game shows, will not be returning to the CBC prime-time or prime time lineup in the fall of 2012.

Apr 26, 2012 — News Article

Harper Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Appoint CBC Leadership by Ian Morrison

Keen to control the media and how it portrays his government, FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should not be allowed choose the leaders of our public broadcaster.

Apr 26, 2012 — News Release

FRIENDS launch People’s Pick for CBC Chair

FRIENDS says the antiquated practice of political patronage for appointing the CBC Board and President is in need of reform.

Apr 26, 2012 — News Article

CBC’s advertising debate by Graham F. Scott

FRIENDS says adding advertising on CBC Radio 2 threatens its “distinctiveness”, especially niche programming that private broadcasters are unlikely to step in to replace.

Apr 23, 2012 — News Article

Today’s letters: Canada needs the CBC, readers declare by Paul Russell

National Post Letters Editor Paul Russell asked readers: “Does Canada still need the CBC?” - 0ver 60 readers responded, with a clear majority saying “Yes.”

Apr 23, 2012 — News Article

CBC Passes on 'Wish List' Pilot as Budget Cuts Bite by Etan Vlessing

The CBC has passed on Entertainment One pilot Wish List from local screenwriter Sean Reycraft as it deals with a $21.2 million hit to its programming budget following recent government cuts.

Apr 21, 2012 — News Article

What CBC already knows, but won't tell you by Russell Wangersky

Columnist says the CBC is so professional that the Harper government is counting on that professionalism to prevent the CBC from saying publicly that the current federal government is deliberately singling out the CBC for heavier budgetary punishment because the it doesn't like the coverage it gets.

Apr 20, 2012 — News Article

Bidding with Bettman by Ivan Fecan

Ivan Fecan, former President and CEO of CTV, Toronto says CTV/TSN never bid on the Hockey Night in Canada rights.

Apr 19, 2012 — News Article

Coupes fédérales – Où va l’argent de la culture? by Odile Tremblay

Coalition Culture – the federal cuts: where is the culture money going?

Apr 19, 2012 — Ad Campaign

Canadians expect the government to build the CBC, not tear it down

A full-page ad in the National Edition of the Globe and Mail asks why the CBC is being singled out for disproportionate, draconian damage.

Apr 18, 2012 — News Article

PMs from Calgary opposites by Frances Russell

Columnist says when inflation, other increases and severance and forced-retirement costs are added, the CBC's real loss to its budget doubles from 10 per cent to 20 per cent and $200 million over the next three years.

Apr 16, 2012 — News Article

CBC vs. NHL goes into overtime

In his new memoir, Richard Stursberg recalls endless negotiations with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Apr 14, 2012 — News Article

Canada cuts leave more room for U.S. by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS fears that the cuts to CBC will lead to the network buying more American programming.

Apr 13, 2012 — News Article

CBC to cull rabbit-ear TV subscriptions by Kristian Rasmussen

The plan was originally to shut down analogue television in the Columbia Valley by 2013, but budget cuts have pushed it ahead to this year.

Apr 12, 2012 — News Article

Turning up the volume over cuts to CBC by Paula Arab

CBC boss Hubert Lacroix warns the 10 per cent cut will mean "a very different public broadcaster," with less original programming, more reruns and the introduction of commercials on radio.

Apr 12, 2012 — News Article

Coalition targets CBC’s free music site by Steve Ladurantaye

Columnist says a number of Canadian media companies have joined forces to try to shut down a free music website recently launched by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., claiming it threatens to ruin the music business for all of them.

Apr 12, 2012 — News Article

Proposed local CBC Radio station placed in doubt

The CBC has announced the proposed new station which was to open in the Kitchener area this fall will be delayed by “a few months.”

Apr 12, 2012 — Policy Brief

Re: Advertising on CBC Radio 2 & Espace Musique

FRIENDS encourages the CRTC to reject a CBC proposal to place ads on Radio 2 & Espace Musique and instead proceed with the long-delayed review of the overall licensing of the Corporation's networks and services.

Apr 11, 2012 — News Article

Hollowing-out of Radio Canada International saddens, angers supporters by Catherine Solyom, Postmedia News

Radio Canada International, which is administered by the CBC, has been told that more than 80 per cent of its budget will be slashed, or $10 million of $12.3 million.

Apr 11, 2012 — News Article

Stephen Harper and James Moore hold the murder weapon in the killing of CBC Dispatches by Charlie Smith

Blogger says the Harper government prefers Canadians to be ignorant, and cutting CBC's funding is evidence of this.

Apr 11, 2012 — News Article

An interview with Joe Clark by Henry Gass

Former Prime Minister Joe Clark says there has been a hostility towards some Canadian institutions, such as the CBC, by the current government.

Apr 10, 2012 — Blog Post

TVO funding in the 2012 Ontario Budget

Dalton McGuinty's last budget used soothing language, but the intent was clear: TVO and the quality programs it produces are coming under the knife of funding cuts.

Apr 10, 2012 — News Article

CBC’s role too vital to diminish

Columnist says the approximately $200 million in cuts Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is making to the CBC over the next three years is an ideologically driven decision that will do more to hurt the country than help.

Apr 10, 2012 — News Article

CBC English services to cut 256 jobs to deal with government cuts by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says the CBC News department is to take a $10 million hit to its annual operating budget, leading to the loss of 88 jobs.

Apr 10, 2012 — News Article

Three jobs to go at CBC Sask. by Emma Graney

Three CBC Saskatchewan employees will lose their jobs as a result of federal government cuts to the organization.

Apr 7, 2012 — News Article

CBC ties country together by Tony Manera

Tony Manera, CBC's President in 1993 and 1994, says that at a time when we should be strengthening the CBC, the relentless chipping away of its financial resources further weakens the bonds that, however imperfectly, tie this vast country together.

Apr 6, 2012 — News Article

Tuning out CBC’s tears Brian Lilley

Columnist says that CBC's new online music service and the fact that it broadcasts in Mandarin and Arabic, are indications that the public broadcaster still receives too much money.

Apr 5, 2012 — News Article

Jonathan Kay on the CBC: Why Canada needs (an advertisement-free) Radio One by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says putting ads on Radio One would take CBC down the road of becoming the only nation in the OECD without a substantial public broadcaster.

Apr 5, 2012 — News Article

Cherry’s salary makes him a big, fat target for CBC cuts by Bruce Dowbiggin

CBC executive VP in charge of English services, Kirstine Stewart claims that Don Cherry is not part of the cuts announced this week.

Apr 5, 2012 — News Article

22 Minutes producer hopes CBC will reconsider cuts

The producer of This Hour Has 22 Minutes is speaking out about the cuts to CBC and says he's hoping the corporation reconsiders its decision to close its production studio in Halifax.

Apr 4, 2012 — News Article

CBC Hamilton dodges a bullet as budget cuts slice deep by Stephanie Levitz

Columnist says CBC brass has made a point of saying Hamilton’s new digital project has been spared from recent budget cuts.

Apr 4, 2012 — News Article

Department of National Defence, CBC hit with job cuts

Columnist says Canadians are beginning to feel the effects of the austerity measures laid out in the federal budget last week, with Department of National Defence and CBC employees among the first to report job cuts.

Apr 4, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada outlines extent of budgetary challenge and its plan to address it

CBC/Radio-Canada has applied to the CRTC to add advertising and sponsorships to its two national music radio networks.

Apr 4, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada's budget response plan / Plan d’action de CBC/Radio-Canada relativement au budget

CBC President says the reduction of $115 million to its appropriation, combined with the unavoidable costs required to continue transforming the CBC into a modern public broadcaster, means the public broadcaster is actually facing financial pressures amounting to $200 million over the next three years.

Apr 3, 2012 — News Article

Cuts Threaten to Close Window on the World by Tony Burman

Former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News says that as the world becomes smaller and more complex, the amount of airtime on the CBC devoted to international issues is shrinking.

Apr 2, 2012 — News Article

The future of the CBC needs ‘great debate’ from Canadians by Bruce DeMara

Canadians need to have a “great debate” about the future of the CBC, including options like going commercial-free and using licence fees like those in the U.K. and Germany to fund it, a forum has been told.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC budget cut could cost 700 jobs

FRIENDS expects the 10 percent cut to CBC's budget to have an impact on Victoria, which has CBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 outlets.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

MP says CBC cuts too small by Kris Sims

Funding to the CBC will be trimmed by $27.8 million next year, $41.8 million in 2013-14 and by $45.4 million in 2014-15.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

Now what? Industry reacts to Ottawa slashing the CBC’s annual subsidy by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the Harper government has singled out the CBC for punitive cuts and has broken its election pledge to maintain or increase CBC funding in the process.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

Budget: CBC takes a 10 per cent cut by Jordan Press

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual funding from the federal government will be cut by $115 million over the next three years, a blow that could lead to job losses or programming cuts at Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC sees government funding slashed by $115-million by Carys Mills, James Adams & Kate Taylor

 CBC/Radio-Canada Hubert Lacroix says that while a 10-per-cent cut may amount to a little more than $100-million, the figure will swell with severance pay and other costs of cutbacks.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

Watching the Watchdog: Here's How the CBC can Survive the Cuts

Former CBC j0urnalist writes an open letter to the CBC president and CEO after the government budget announced a 10% cut to CBC funding.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Release

Vindictive cuts break CBC promise and target Canadian culture

The federal budget singles out the CBC for vindictive cuts that break the Conservative’s election promise to maintain or increase funding to the national public broadcaster.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC searches for someone to take Hockey Night’s helm by Bruce Dowbiggin

Columnist says an NHL season dogged by controversy at Hockey Night in Canada is ending with a search for a new executive producer for the program.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC, NFB and Telefilm to see 10% cut by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says cuts to CBC, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada could lead to a significant reduction in Canadian film and TV production, and will almost certainly lead to layoffs at the CBC.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC Cuts: Budget 2012 Outlines Cuts To Federal Spending For Canada's National Broadcaster by Rachel Mendleson

FRIENDS says the implications of a $115 million cut in funding will lead to the death of CBC Radio 2, make CBC Radio less relevant to Canadians, and reduce the depth, quality, diversity and distinctiveness of CBC News.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC supporters pan cuts to public broadcaster in federal budget

FRIENDS says the recent federal budget revealing $115 million in cuts to the CBC marks a dark day for public broadcasting in Canada.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

Suck it up, CBC. You should have seen this coming by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC has failed to transcend mediocrity and forcefully explain what it does and how it fulfills its mandate.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

Statement by CBC/Radio-Canada regarding Federal Budget 2012

CBC/Radio-Canada has learned that its annual parliamentary appropriation will be reduced by $115 million over three years as part of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP), as set out in Federal Budget
2012.

Mar 26, 2012 — Ad Campaign

Keep the CBC promise

A full-page ad that appeared in The Hill Times highlights new opinion research showing that 6 in 10 Canadians want the Harper Conservatives to keep their election promise to increase or maintain funding to the CBC. 

Mar 25, 2012 — News Article

Une nette majorité de Canadiens s’opposent aux compressions à Radio-Canada

A Nanos poll conducted on behalf of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting shows that over 80% of Canadians are satisfied of programming available on radio, on TV and on the website of the CBC. 

Mar 23, 2012 — Opinion Poll

Canadians on the CBC by Nanos Research

New opinion research shows Canadians are generally satisfied with the programs and content provided by the CBC and believe that possible cuts would likely have a negative impact in terms of Canadian content, local news and national news. 

Mar 23, 2012 — News Release

Nanos poll shows Canadians want CBC promise kept

A new Nanos survey has found a majority of Canadians support or somewhat support the position staked out by Heritage Minister James Moore one day after the election that the Conservative government will maintain or increase CBC funding.

Mar 23, 2012 — News Article

Public Media, Common Good: A New Era by Jamie Biggar

Executive Director of Leadnow says the ever-intensifying government assault on the CBC is a threat to Canada's economy, culture and democracy.

Mar 23, 2012 — News Article

A Satisfied Citizenry by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.

Mar 23, 2012 — News Article

A Satisfied Citizenry

A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.

Mar 23, 2012 — News Article

CBC faces uncertain future as federal budget looms

FRIENDS says that if CBC has to make hard choices, it should move to be distinctive from what the private sector is already offering.

Mar 22, 2012 — News Article

Rally supports CBC by Joel Wiebe

Nearly a dozen people rallied in front of MP Dean Del Mastro's office before marching in with a petition full of names of people supporting the CBC.

Mar 22, 2012 — Blog Post

Port Moody riding office shuts door to petition by Jeremy Deutsch

Local organizers of a group called Reimagine CBC had planned to drop off a petition opposing any cuts to the CBC at the riding office of Heritage Minister James Moore.

Mar 21, 2012 — News Article

Former CBC exec Michael McEwen appointed NABA director general by Danielle Ng See Quan

Former CBC/Radio-Canada exec Michael McEwen has been appointed as director general for the North American Broadcasters Association.

Mar 20, 2012 — News Article

SCN proposal seeks to spend less on local shows

The proposed owner of Saskatchewan's independent broadcaster SCN is looking for permission to spend less on locally made programs, something the provincial NDP isn't happy about.

Mar 14, 2012 — News Article

CBC royalties under review as music site sparks debate by Chantal Mack

CBC's popular new music-streaming website is stirring debate over what royalties artists should receive, as SOCAN reviews just how much the national broadcaster should be paying.

Mar 14, 2012 — News Article

Local vinyl shop snaps up priceless CBC collection by Mike Bell

Record store The Inner Sleeve has announced that it has purchsed CBC's massive local collection of vinyl and compact discs, which the broadcaster had announced earlier in the year it was going to eliminate across the country after digitizing the music in all of the regional collections.

Mar 10, 2012 — News Article

Coyne: Where did conservatism go? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that the governments lack of intention to reform crown corporations, such as the CBC, begs the question "Where has conservatism gone?".

Mar 9, 2012 — News Article

Reimagine CBC: Canadians come together to think big in troubled times by Tyler Morgenstern

Spokesperson says the thoughtful engagement in the early days of the "Reimagine CBC" campaign is a powerful rebuttal against those who would claim that the CBC is no longer relevant; that there is no place for public media in the age of narrowcasting.

Mar 9, 2012 — News Article

Angry NHL clubs ganging up on Don Cherry and HNIC by Bruce Dowbiggin

Sources say CBC's vice-president of English services, Kirstine Stewart, and Jeffrey Orridge, executive director of sports properties, were blindsided by the vitriol they encountered after making a pitch to keep the public broadcaster as the NHL's partner in Canada.

Mar 8, 2012 — News Article

CBC pulls controversial soft-porn web show

Radio-Canada has pulled the web-TV series, Hard, from its Tou.tv website.

Mar 7, 2012 — News Article

OPINION: The CBC is already the best pay-TV station in the country by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says the paradox of the CBC is that it must broadly appeal to all Canadians but it also must reflect smaller groups, be they regional, linguistic or otherwise grouped, back to themselves – and at the same time.

Mar 7, 2012 — News Article

Cartt.ca INVESTIGATES: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Columnist says that while on balance the CBC has done an admirable job reflecting Canada and Canadians back to ourselves, it is the advent of multiplatform media that will help the public broadcaster fulfill its mandate.

Mar 6, 2012 — News Article

CBC-Quebecor conflict ends by Jason Magder

Columnist says CBC and Quebecor appear to have reached a truce in their long-running public battle, with the public broadcaster buying advertising in return for more cable TV access.

Mar 6, 2012 — News Article

Cut $10-billion now by Niels Veldhuis and Charles Lammam

Economists say government spending needs to be prioritized so that important areas are spared deep cuts while lower priority areas carry a greater burden of the spending reductions.

Mar 5, 2012 — News Article

CBC puts Bell Road expansion on hold by Remo Zaccagna

With political pundits predicting some austerity measures in the March 29 federal budget, the proposal to enlarge the current 57,000-square-foot building to about 90,000 square feet and consolidate about 170 staff in one central location has been suspended.

Mar 5, 2012 — News Article

Quebecor-CBC feud: New deal brings peace in sight

Under a new agreement, the CBC will purchase print and digital ads in Quebecor properties while Quebecor renewed an agreement so various CBC channels can be carried across its Videotron subsidiary.

Mar 3, 2012 — News Article

Stop the CBC smackdown - please by Mark Abley

Columnist asks whether the CBC really believes that intelligent material can be sold to listeners only if it's wrapped in ridiculous packaging?

Mar 2, 2012 — News Article

Elections Canada taps CRTC for help with deluge of robo-call complaints by Steven Chase and Daniel Leblanc

Deluged with a staggering volume of grievances about fraudulent calls in the last election, Elections Canada is referring some complainants to another federal regulator – the CRTC – that also has a responsibility to police the country’s phone lines.

Feb 28, 2012 — Blog Post

More on the impact of past and future cuts on the CBC

Briefing note looks at examples of how cuts have already weakened CBC programming and how the trend is likely to continue if further cuts are imposed.

Feb 27, 2012 — Ad Campaign

The CBC has already done its part

A full-page ad that appeared in The Hill Times showing that CBC is not part of the government's deficit problem.

Feb 27, 2012 — Ad Campaign

The CBC has already done its part

A full-page ad that appeared in The Hill Times showing that CBC is not part of the government's deficit problem.

Feb 24, 2012 — News Article

J'aime Radio-Canada

French language campaign encouraging the government to maintain or increase funding to the CBC.

Feb 21, 2012 — News Article

Pierre Juneau, ex-CBC president, dies at 89

A longtime friend of Pierre Trudeau who had the Juno Awards named after him after a career spent championing Canadian performers as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.

Feb 21, 2012 — News Article

Pierre Juneau, advocate for Canadian content, dead at 89

A long-time friend of Pierre Trudeau who went on to become an early champion of Canadian content as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.

Feb 21, 2012 — News Article

Pierre Juneau, former CRTC and CBC chief, dies

Pierre Juneau, who championed Canadian content on radio and TV as the first chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has died.

Feb 15, 2012 — News Article

CBC-Quebecor Spat: Internal Memo To Harper Defends Public Broadcaster

The Harper government is defending the CBC in the public broadcaster's nasty spat with Quebecor over advertising dollars, an internal memo shows.

Feb 15, 2012 — News Article

Do Conservatives Think CBC is Important? by Barry Kiefl

New research shows that some 4 in 5 Conservative supporters think CBC TV is important to Canadian culture and about 2 in 3 support CBC radio.

Feb 15, 2012 — News Article

CBC a bargain for taxpayers by Gwen Chute

Columnist says that if the CBC is severely cut, it will lead ordinary Canadians to become what the Prime Minister calls "radicals" in protest.

Feb 13, 2012 — News Article

CBC launches free digital music service

Leveraging a recent music licensing deal with Audio-Video Licensing Agency, the CBC has launched a new, free, digital music service.

Feb 8, 2012 — News Article

Make It the Canadian Webcasting Corporation by Crawford Kilian

Columnist says the CBC should ditch both TV and radio, and the technologies of those media.

Feb 8, 2012 — News Article

Budget could put CBC Hamilton in jeopardy

FRIENDS says that expected funding cuts in the upcoming federal budget would have devastating consequences for listeners and viewers and could scuttle new services the CBC has promised to Hamiltonians and residents of several other communities.

Feb 8, 2012 — News Article

New CBC digital service secures Hamilton address

CBC has found a home for its new local digital service in Hamilton, which is scheduled to start this Spring.

Feb 8, 2012 — News Article

Audio: Theatre chill over staging controversial productions

James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, takes exception to a story on CBC Radio about a play that has the artistic community buzzing about a political chill.

Feb 8, 2012 — News Article

Who do we trust to protect the CBC? by David Charbonneau

New survey shows that three-quarters of Kamloopsians are in favour of the proposed new CBC radio station in Kamloops.

Feb 6, 2012 — News Article

CRTC delays CBC licence renewal until after budget by Steve Ladurantaye

The CRTC has agreed to postpone Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s licence renewal application until after a federal budget that is expected to reduce its funding.

Feb 6, 2012 — News Article

Hébert: Radio-Canada’s days as talent incubator may be over

Columnist says that while talent is an undeniable part of the success of Quebec made films, nurturing has a lot to do with the result and is due in no small part to Radio-Canada’s role as an incubator.

Feb 4, 2012 — News Article

Maher: Sun TV plays dirty with trumped-up CBC porn scandal by Stephen Maher

Columnist says Sun TV's parent company sells a lot of porn, the CBC does not sell porn, but that somehow Sun TV is managing to get politicians to condemn CBC for selling porn.

Feb 4, 2012 — News Article

Me, the CBC and the CTF by Stephen Kimber

FRIENDS Steering Committee Member, Stephen Kimber, responds to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claim that he is "on the CBC payroll".

Feb 2, 2012 — Blog Post

Taxpayer Federation statements false

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has posted false statements on its website concerning the relationship between the CBC and the broadcast watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Feb 2, 2012 — News Article

CBC Licence Renewals Postponed Indefinitely as Criticism, Consultation Grows

The CRTC has received a letter from the CBC asking for hearings regarding their license renewal to be postponed, in large part due to the fact that the Corporation's operating budget is open for discussion.

Feb 2, 2012 — News Article

Time to tune out Minister Moore

Columnist calls for Stephen Harper to remove Heritage Minister James Moore from his portfolio over comments related to the appropriateness of the CBC's French affiliate showing foreign pornography on its website.

Feb 2, 2012 — News Article

CTF cries foul on CBC link to 'Friends' By Kris Sims

FRIENDS disputes The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claims that steering committee members are on the CBC's payroll.

Feb 2, 2012 — News Article

Friends with Benefits: CTF finds Friends of Canadian Broadcasting on the CBC Payroll by Gregory Thomas

The CTF has filed an Access to Information request with the CBC asking if members of the FRIENDS Steering Committee are on the public broadcaster's payroll.

Feb 1, 2012 — News Article

Most in Kamloops favour CBC expansion, poll finds by Mike Youds

Study shows that a substantial majority — 73 per cent — of Kamloops area residents surveyed would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs.

Feb 1, 2012 — Opinion Poll

Public opinion in Hamilton & the rest of Canada concerning the CBC

New opinion research on public reaction to a proposed a new digital service in Hamilton in the spring of 2012.

Feb 1, 2012 — News Release

Hamilton residents want their own CBC station

A substantial majority of Hamilton area residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs, and support the Conservative's pre-election pledge to maintain or increase CBC funding.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada's Licence Renewal Process

Letter from the CBC to the CRTC asking that the public broadcaster's licence renewal process be postponed until after its budget is announced by the Harper government. 

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

Economists say budget cuts risk more harm as Canadian economy shrinks by Bill Curry

Columnist says Conservative MPs who were never happy with stimulus spending are pushing hard for deep spending cuts in areas like the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

NDP wants to know PMO staffers' salaries by Glen McGregor

Columnist says the NDP is calling on Treasury Board president Tony Clement to bring the same sunlight to salaries in the Prime Minister's Office as the government shone on the highly paid staff at the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

730 CBC employees take home more than $100,000 a year

The CBC has more than 700 staff on the payroll making $100,000 annually, the public broadcaster revealed to a Conservative MP who had asked for salary details of top CBC executives and on-air staff.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

CBC under ideological attack by Dave Swanson

Columnist says if Conservatives cut CBC funding, Canadian identity will suffer.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

Tories petition to scrap CBC by Kris Sims

Columnist says four Conservative MPs have presented petitions in the House of Commons calling for the CBC to be defunded or sold to private industry.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

Reimagine the CBC by Lead Now

LeadNow has launched a campaign to Re-Imagine the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Release

London residents want their own CBC station

A wide majority  of London residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs and most hope their MP would champion the new station or not oppose it.

Jan 31, 2012 — Opinion Poll

Public Opinion in the London Region & the rest of Canada concerning the CBC

New opinion research on public reaction to plans from the CBC to open a local radio station in London in the autumn of 2012.

Jan 31, 2012 — Blog Post

Conservative MPs seek to "de-fund" the CBC

Over the past months, at least six Conservative MPs have presented petitions to the House of Commons seeking to "de-fund" the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — Opinion Poll

Public opinion in Kamloops & the rest of Canada concerning the CBC

New opinion research on public reaction to a proposed a new radio service in the Interior BC region of Kamloops in the autumn of 2012. 

Jan 31, 2012 — News Release

Kamloops area residents want their own CBC station

A substantial majority of Kamloops area residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs and three-quarters hope their MP would champion a new station or not oppose it.

Jan 30, 2012 — News Article

Cuts: This time it's personal by Susan Delacourt

Columnist questions whether it is possible for the Conservative government to make cuts without first demonizing the target of them.

Jan 28, 2012 — News Article

CBC taking bite out of ... Apple?! by Ezra Levant

Columnist says the CBC is a failure at what it does now, and should not be taking on Apple with a new online music store.

Jan 28, 2012 — News Article

Don’t count on tuning into a local CBC station any time soon by Luisa D’Amato

The CBC says it plans to open a radio station in Waterloo Region this fall but columnist Luisa D'Amato questions whether it will happen.

Jan 26, 2012 — News Article

Sun TV attacks don’t faze CBC chief Hubert Lacroix by Greg Quill

CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he doesn’t believe there’s a conspiracy between Sun Media and Conservatives in Ottawa.

Jan 21, 2012 — News Article

We can't fix the CBC if it doesn't exist

Columnist says taxpayers will continue to pay for the CBC, not just because they have no choice, but because they still care and hope that it will get better.

Jan 19, 2012 — Opinion Poll

Public opinion in the Waterloo Region & the rest of Canada concerning the CBC

Opinion research reveals that residents of the Waterloo region are very supportive of a CBC proposal to launch a local radio station in the area and would like their MP to champion the initiative. 

Jan 19, 2012 — News Release

Waterloo region residents want their own CBC station

A new opinion survey shows a substantial majority (68%) of Waterloo region residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs and most (73%) hope their MP would champion the new station or not oppose it.

Jan 19, 2012 — News Article

Poll suggests region wants local CBC radio station by Valerie Hill

FRIENDS has released a public opinion poll suggesting 68 per cent of Waterloo Region residents support CBC establishing a local radio station.

Jan 17, 2012 — News Article

Rogers buys SCN; set to launch Citytv channel by Will Chabun

A mere month after announcing a deal to supply programming to Regina-based TV broadcaster SCN, Rogers Communications has unveiled a deal to buy the station for an undisclosed amount.

Jan 17, 2012 — News Article

Rogers Media Acquires Saskatchewan Network SCN by Etan Vlessing

The takeover deal comes a month after the national broadcaster unveiled an earlier, now-abandoned affiliate agreement with the provincial educational broadcaster.

Jan 17, 2012 — News Article

CBC dismantling LP, CD archives by Guy Dixon

Columnist says the CBC is quietly dismantling its archives of LPs and CDs across Canada – a cultural treasure trove built over decades – even as it prepares to launch a major new music service online.

Jan 17, 2012 — News Article

Low-ball bid for Olympic TV rights could leave Canadians in dark

The International Olympic Committee has rejected a joint offer from Bell and CBC to televise the next Winter Games and the 2016 Summer Games, setting up a high-stakes showdown over how those Olympics will be broadcast in Canada.

Jan 6, 2012 — News Article

CBC ombudsman casts doubt on police chief’s version of Rob Ford’s 911 call by Natalie Alcoba

CBC’s ombudsman has suggested the police chief’s statements about Rob Ford’s 911 call last fall may lack credibility because Bill Blair is “not a disinterested party” and his budget depends on negotiations with the Mayor.

Jan 5, 2012 — News Article

CBC announces Saskatoon morning radio show

CBC says a new morning show will replace the Morning Edition, which is currently heard throughout the province.

Jan 2, 2012 — News Article

How the badly maimed BBC can stand up to parasitic Sky

Columnist says the BBC accounts for much of Britain's success in the creative industries, a prime example of national investment yielding rich returns.