All CBC / Public Broadcasting Articles — 2012
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.
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.
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.
A new report says the BBC should be bolder and more creative with its depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
A backgrounder explaining the fee for carriage issue in light of the Supreme Court overturning lower-court decision that let the CRTC rule.
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.
Beth Hoppe, who joined the public broadcaster last year from Discovery Studios, has been promoted to chief programming executive.
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.
The CBC is considering creating a customer "loyalty" program as it bleeds revenues from the NHL lockout and struggles with deep federal budget cuts.
CBC Television calls for proposals to develop an audience loyalty program in response to the NHL lockout and government cutbacks.
Columnist says there will likely not be a 2012-13 hockey season but that things aren’t necessarily as dire as they seem.
Columnist says permitting commercials on CBC Radio will almost certainly distort the ad market, depressing ad rates and squeezing profit margins.
Information Commissioner applauds CBC President Hubert Lacroix for showing leadership by making compliance with the Access to Information Act a priority.
The CBC got an A for its processing of requests in 2011-12, up from an F for its performance two years ago.
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.
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.
A discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting.
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.
Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’.
Competitors call on CRTC to block CBC bid to run ads on Radio Two and Espace Musique.
Esther Enkin, currently Executive Editor of CBC News, has been appointed as the Corporation’s new Ombudsman for English services, effective January 1, 2013.
The executive editor of CBC News, Esther Enkin, has been appointed as the corporation’s new ombudsman for English services.
FRIENDS presents information concerning the BBC Trust model and its potential to address accountability issues at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
FRIENDS presents information on projected revenues should the CRTC approve the CBC's proposal to introduce commercials on Radio Two and Espace Musique.
The former MP says that despite making "awful mistakes," the broadcaster can recapture the public's trust.
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.
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.
Karen Wirsig, staff representative with the Canadian Media Guild, says putting ads on CBC Radio is not good policy from a long term perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The strict regulatory shackles of the past don't work in today's fast-moving environment, CBC president Hubert Lacroix told a CRTC.
Playwright and actor Michael Healey says a public broadcaster’s mission is the acquisition and maintenance of nationhood.
Conservative candiadate Joan Crockatt saya she would like to see cuts to the public broadcaster, claiming the French language channel broadcasts pornography.
Editor says commentators are calling on the BBC to adopt a similar management framework that is already in place at CBC News.
Columnist gives his take on CBC 2013 winter season launch.
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.
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.
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.
The CBC says it will use repeats to fill the Hockey Night in Canada void caused by the protracted NHL labour dispute.
CBC exec Kirstine Stewart says the absence of Hockey Night in Canada isn't dragging down the broadcaster.
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.
The flagship news show at the heart of the controversy surrounding the U.K. public broadcaster reports on its own troubles.
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.
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.
North America's largest educational public broadcaster is looking to reduce its reliance on government coin and increase digital revenue.
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.
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.
Columnist says the BBC is battling mounting criticism and outright ridicule as it scrambles to contain its worst crisis in years.
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.
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.
News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch arguea that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron should reform the BBC and its organization.
FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Victoria by-election.
FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Calgary Centre by-election.
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.
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.
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.
The British broadcaster is pulling the plug on an entertainment and a kids network, citing “challenging” economics for channel operators in India.
Columnist says the CBC can only be fixed if it's closed down and started again.
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.
The high-power shortwave transmitters used to broadcast CBC's international radio service to the world will be permanently shut down.
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.
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.
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.
CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting its budget by a further $28.4 million next year, in fiscal 2013-2014.
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.
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.
CBC explains to its employees how it will deal with the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund.
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.
Netflix adds fewer streaming customers than investors had hoped for and lowers end-of-year guidance.
CBC Toronto is expanding its late night TV newscast to offer more breaking news, live reports, weather and exclusive stories.
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.
Columnist says the French language services of CBC behave as a Quebec broadcaster.
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.
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.
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.
Radio-Canada is too Quebec-centric, according to study.
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.
FRIENDS says "The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC".
As the hockey season is scaled back, sponsors are scrambling to shift marketing dollars and maintain brand presence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist asks if it might be time to end government appointments and have BBC elections.
The CBC has opened its first radio station in 14 years — in Kamloops, B.C.
Columnist asks whether Justin Trudeau will pledge to reverse cuts to the CBC, the environment department and public science.
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.
FRIENDS supports the renewal of CBC's various licences subject to a number of comments, recommendations and proposed conditions.
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.
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.
The 2012-13 NHL season may be on hiatus, but Hockey Night In Canada won’t be – thanks to some help from its fans.
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.
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.
Al-Jazeera English journalists protest after being ordered to re-edit UN report to focus on Qatar emir's comments on Syria.
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.
Columnist says what the CBC needs now more than ever is imaginative leadership that will give it the most bang for its bucks.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says networks stand to lose broadcasts that attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars in advertising revenue.
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"
Columnists say people in the investment community are turning on Kevin O'Leary over the performance and management style of his funds.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says CBC Radio offers a much-needed “public space” in Canada’s audio-visual system.
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.
Columnist asks whether the digital revolution has irreparably broken the relationship between young people and the BBC.
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.
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.
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.
The CRTC is inviting Canadians to participate in the consultation for the renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s radio and television licences.
Editor asks whether Britains should be so obsessed with cost in public service broadcasting.
Columnist says chopping into already meagre arts funding has been a Republican priority for a few years now.
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.
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.
In an upcoming Fortune interview, Mitt Romney says he will cut funding for the arts and eliminate the PBS subsidy if elected.
Members of the public have an opportunity to share their views on the future of the CBC at a panel discussion hosted by FRIENDS.
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.
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.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, speaks on the Bill Good Show about the future of public broadcasting and The CBC We Want town hall meetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says some might suggest that CBC Radio having commercials might prevent it from airing certain documentary programming in order to appease advertisers.
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.
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.
A man who started at the BBC as a journalism trainee has been appointed to the British broadcaster’s top job.
Jian Ghomeshi, talks about the loss of CBC programme "Dispatches" and the impact of budget cuts to public broadcasting.
Columnist says for the CBC, the Calgary Stampede represents a delicate melding of its constituent cultures.
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.
Longtime Conservative party strategist Marni Larkin is the newest member of the CBC board of directors.
CBC/Radio-Canada is decommissioning its over-the-air analogue television transmission network on July 31, 2012.
A Conservative is appointed Chair of CBC's board of Directors.
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.
CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says the public broadcaster could pursue a bid to broadcast the 2014 Olympic Games on its own.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says the upcoming regulatory hearing follows Canada's public broadcaster slashing jobs and programming to absorb government cuts.
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
The CBC's former head of research says that outmoded management systems are crippling our most important cultural institution.
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.
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.
Columnist says that when Connect clears the airwaves on June 22nd, it will be a blow to both its loyal viewers and innovative journalism.
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."
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.
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.
CBC president's response to requests made by unions representing CBC employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says the antiquated practice of political patronage for appointing the CBC Board and President is in need of reform.
FRIENDS says adding advertising on CBC Radio 2 threatens its “distinctiveness”, especially niche programming that private broadcasters are unlikely to step in to replace.
National Post Letters Editor Paul Russell asked readers: “Does Canada still need the CBC?” - 0ver 60 readers responded, with a clear majority saying “Yes.”
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.
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.
Ivan Fecan, former President and CEO of CTV, Toronto says CTV/TSN never bid on the Hockey Night in Canada rights.
Coalition Culture – the federal cuts: where is the culture money going?
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.
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.
In his new memoir, Richard Stursberg recalls endless negotiations with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
FRIENDS fears that the cuts to CBC will lead to the network buying more American programming.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Former Prime Minister Joe Clark says there has been a hostility towards some Canadian institutions, such as the CBC, by the current government.
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.
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.
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.
Three CBC Saskatchewan employees will lose their jobs as a result of federal government cuts to the organization.
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.
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.
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.
CBC executive VP in charge of English services, Kirstine Stewart claims that Don Cherry is not part of the cuts announced this week.
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.
Columnist says CBC brass has made a point of saying Hamilton’s new digital project has been spared from recent budget 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.
CBC/Radio-Canada has applied to the CRTC to add advertising and sponsorships to its two national music radio networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former CBC j0urnalist writes an open letter to the CBC president and CEO after the government budget announced a 10% cut to CBC funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS says the recent federal budget revealing $115 million in cuts to the CBC marks a dark day for public broadcasting in Canada.
Columnist says the CBC has failed to transcend mediocrity and forcefully explain what it does and how it fulfills its mandate.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director of Leadnow says the ever-intensifying government assault on the CBC is a threat to Canada's economy, culture and democracy.
A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.
A recent Nanos opinion survey suggests that most Canadians are satisfied with the CBC and opposed to massive government cuts.
FRIENDS says that if CBC has to make hard choices, it should move to be distinctive from what the private sector is already offering.
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.
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.
Former CBC/Radio-Canada exec Michael McEwen has been appointed as director general for the North American Broadcasters Association.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist says that the governments lack of intention to reform crown corporations, such as the CBC, begs the question "Where has conservatism gone?".
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.
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.
Radio-Canada has pulled the web-TV series, Hard, from its Tou.tv website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist asks whether the CBC really believes that intelligent material can be sold to listeners only if it's wrapped in ridiculous packaging?
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.
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.
A full-page ad that appeared in The Hill Times showing that CBC is not part of the government's deficit problem.
A full-page ad that appeared in The Hill Times showing that CBC is not part of the government's deficit problem.
French language campaign encouraging the government to maintain or increase funding to the CBC.
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.
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.
Pierre Juneau, who championed Canadian content on radio and TV as the first chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has died.
The Harper government is defending the CBC in the public broadcaster's nasty spat with Quebecor over advertising dollars, an internal memo shows.
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.
Columnist says that if the CBC is severely cut, it will lead ordinary Canadians to become what the Prime Minister calls "radicals" in protest.
Leveraging a recent music licensing deal with Audio-Video Licensing Agency, the CBC has launched a new, free, digital music service.
Columnist says the CBC should ditch both TV and radio, and the technologies of those media.
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.
CBC has found a home for its new local digital service in Hamilton, which is scheduled to start this Spring.
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.
New survey shows that three-quarters of Kamloopsians are in favour of the proposed new CBC radio station in Kamloops.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS Steering Committee Member, Stephen Kimber, responds to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claim that he is "on the CBC payroll".
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS disputes The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's claims that steering committee members are on the CBC's payroll.
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.
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.
New opinion research on public reaction to a proposed a new digital service in Hamilton in the spring of 2012.
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.
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.
Columnist says Conservative MPs who were never happy with stimulus spending are pushing hard for deep spending cuts in areas like the CBC.
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.
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.
Columnist says if Conservatives cut CBC funding, Canadian identity will suffer.
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.
LeadNow has launched a campaign to Re-Imagine the CBC.
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.
New opinion research on public reaction to plans from the CBC to open a local radio station in London in the autumn of 2012.
Over the past months, at least six Conservative MPs have presented petitions to the House of Commons seeking to "de-fund" 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.
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.
Columnist questions whether it is possible for the Conservative government to make cuts without first demonizing the target of them.
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.
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.
CBC president Hubert Lacroix says he doesn’t believe there’s a conspiracy between Sun Media and Conservatives in Ottawa.
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.
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.
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.
FRIENDS has released a public opinion poll suggesting 68 per cent of Waterloo Region residents support CBC establishing a local radio station.
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.
The takeover deal comes a month after the national broadcaster unveiled an earlier, now-abandoned affiliate agreement with the provincial educational broadcaster.
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.
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.
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.
CBC says a new morning show will replace the Morning Edition, which is currently heard throughout the province.
Columnist says the BBC accounts for much of Britain's success in the creative industries, a prime example of national investment yielding rich returns.