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Thomas Mulcair announces an NDP government would cancel the 115 million dollar cuts to the CBC/Radio-Canada and invest to safeguard the future and independence of the public broadcaster.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair says the public broadcaster has been cut by both Liberal and Conservative governments and that an NDP government would commit to restoring the recent cuts made by the Conservatives in the 2012 budget.
Columnist says Karl Péladeau's perception in some quarters as a ruthless capitalist who led a crusade against the CBC’s French-language service — Quebecor’s fiercest TV competitor in Quebec — has not helped him in the polls.
Columnist says the media magnate is considered the front-runner in the Parti Quebecois leadership race, but experts are divided on if he can unite Quebecers around sovereignty.
Columnist says the disproportionate cuts to the CBC are evidence of an ideological assault on public broadcasting that the government doesn't have the courage to actually debate with the electorate.
The CBC refused to run ads produced by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, which criticized the Harper government on a range of issues in a fair, factual and forceful way.
Nine of the eleven current members of the CBC Board of Directors - all of whom have been appointed by Prime Minister Harper - are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met with Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, yesterday to discuss the importance of the CBC and to brief her on FRIENDS’ pre-election strategy in swing ridings.
Columnist says that it easy to understand why the Harper government would want the CBC, an institution it deeply distrusts, to play the ratings game - requiring the broadcaster to further emphasize its Broadcasting Act mandate to “entertain” Canadians, while de-emphasizing its responsibility to “enlighten” and “inform” them.
The Leader of the Official Opposition gives a speech at the Convention for the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec on the NDP's public broadcasting policy.
Last night at the Whitby Yacht Club candidates for three of the four political parties with House of Commons representation spoke to a packed public forum.
The Liberal leader describes why Canadian culture matters.
The Harper government is preparing to alter copyright law in Canada so politicians can use news footage and other journalistic content for attack ads and campaign spots without asking broadcasters or publishers for permission.
Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to a Globe and Mail editorial claiming that the CRTC needs to start thinking outside the "idiot box" if it wants to play a meaningful role in Canadians’ lives.
New media expert Michael Geist says Netflix's refusal to hand over requested consumer data to the CRTC calls into question the very authority of the broadcast regulator to institute any rules governing Internet-based video service providers.
Prime Minister Harper addresses the Conservative Party caucus and says his government would “oppose any tax on services like Netflix and YouTube.”
Columnist says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the debate over the future of Canada’s television industry, using a high-profile speech to press for pick-and-pay options that would let viewers buy only the channels they choose.
In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.
FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.