Despite the profit-friendly environment for private broadcasters here, analyst predicts a lack of local content investment will see satellite radio services attracting fewer subscribers in Canada then in the U.S.
Media reporter writes that if Parliamentarians care about the future of CBC, they must properly fund it.
FRIENDS tells Finance Committee pre-budget consultations that the Committee should focus on two broadcasting issues: increasing the size and stability of CBC's parliamentary grant, and ensuring increased resources are deployed at the grassroots level in communities across the country, rather than in Montreal and Toronto operations.
Columnist says technology and the Internet are CBC's best hope for relevance as a public broadcaster.
Data show that increased expenditures at CBC over the five-year period 2000-2005 have significantly exceeded growth in revenues.
Lockout can be explained in part by a cult of management at odds with CBC's public broadcasting mission; author notes management has never faced consequences of its bad decisions, including other lockouts, reductions in local programming.
Once ratified, UNESCO convention on cultural diversity will give moral albeit not legal justification for government support and protection of domestic film, music, television and radio.
Column criticizes current CBC management for lack of vision, Parliament for lack of funding to support a truly relevant national broadcaster.
CEO of Rogers Communications discusses failed bid for Videotron in Quebec, rivalry with Bell, and abiding by industry regulations.
Editorial argues CBC must follow BBC's lead and articulate a clearer vision for public broadcasting.
Former chair of CBC Board of Directors makes case for rebuilding CBC on a foundation of local/regional programming.
Discussion of U.S. opposition to UNESCO convention on cultural diversity, belief that nations should be able to protect their culture only if does not involve protection from cultural imports.
Both Ottawa and Quebec helped define and seek the adoption of the international convention on cultural diversity recently approved by UNESCO.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters seeks postponement of CRTC radio policy review; move suggests satellite radio will eventually justify reduction or removal of Canadian content requirements for conventional radio broadcasters; some broadcasters say they will continue to air Canadian programming to respond to demand.
FRIENDS advisory council member recommends public consultations on future of CBC, calls for government to implement recommendations contained in 2003 Lincoln Report.
Public broadcasting is important in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in local communities across Canada.
Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Al Gore addresses the decline of the media, public discourse, the threat to American democracy, and the continued role, despite the growth of the Internet, of conventional television delivered over cable and satellite as the dominant medium of political communication.
Real talent, value of CBC are provided by its employees; CBC management should be terminated; CBC board should be replaced with public applicants having knowledge of the importance of the national broadcaster to Canadian communities.
Fraser Institute says those who support CBC are "mostly central Canadian nationalists, mostly socialist nationalists".
FRIENDS calls for reform of patronage process used to appoint CBC president, additional funding for CBC local and regional programming.
House of Commons Heritage Committee to seek answers from CBC president Robert Rabinovitch over lockout; NDP MP calls for management terminations, sceptical of CBC English Television executive vice-president's commitment to local/regional programming.
Conservative Party candidate and former Global Television News anchor comments on need for a new, less costly mandate for CBC.
Student newspaper editorial defends importance of CBC.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and Conservative Party heritage critic Bev Oda discuss the role and future of the national public broadcaster.
After five years, CBC says it will restore one-hour suppetime news broadcasts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
CRTC report reveals that specialty, pay and pay-per-view revenues now equal those of English-language private conventional stations.
Author comments on the absence of public outcry when CBC cut local services in Edmonton in 1992.
Federal government tables second response to June 2003 Lincoln Report on the Canadian broadcasting system.
Popular Alberta radio host explains circumstances of his departure from CBC.
StatsCan reports that based on fall 2003 data, Canadians are increasingly choosing homegrown news and public affairs shows over other programming on Canadian television.
Summary of arts and culture vision statement by MP and Official Opposition Heritage Critic Bev Oda to delegates at the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Policy Convention.
Funding for CBC regional programming, missing from the federal budget, may be contained in Heritage Department's response to Lincoln Committee report, scheduled for April.
FRIENDS believes CBC local/regional funding announcement may be yet to come.
Federal budget expected to contain a funding increase for CBC; FRIENDS says important to ensure new funds are earmarked for local/regional programming.
A letter from a Thunder Bay resident describes the importance of CBC grassroots.
FRIENDS steering committee chair describes what a strong grassroots CBC would look like: a balance between local and network programs.
Columnist says the CBC should not revive regional television newscasts.
CBC told the House of Commons Heritage Committee it needs an $80 million funding increase over three years to reinvent local/regional television and radio programming.
CBC maintains President was "misunderstood" when he told reporters in November that CBC would spend the majority of a $100 million funding increase on network rather than local and regional programming.
CBC issues long-awaited plan responding to House of Commons Heritage Commitee's June 2003 recommendation that the public broadcaster improve local/regional radio and television service to fulfil its responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act.
CBC local/regional plans to be unveiled at House of Commons Heritage Committee meeting.
FRIENDS responds to letter from CBC Vice-President stating that CBC's regional/local strategy represents 100% of the new operating funding that CBC is currently seeking from the federal government.