Support for public broadcasting not shared in Ottawa or CBC’s Boardroom

Sep 29, 2015

For immediate release

Winnipeg, MB – CBC supporters in Winnipeg are gathering this morning for a demonstration of support for the national public broadcaster and to express concern about the federal government’s agenda to sell off the CBC piece by piece.

As the CBC prepares to host its annual public meeting in Winnipeg today, a new Nanos Research opinion survey released this morning by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting shows a massive divide between Canadians of all political stripes who support the CBC, and the Harper government and those appointed through patronage by the Conservatives to the CBC’s leadership.

“News this week that every building the CBC owns is for sale is a shocking reminder of the Harper government’s plans to diminish our CBC,” said Ian Morrison, spokesperson for the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. 

The Nanos survey found a large majority of Canadians, including Conservative supporters, reject the government’s CBC budget cuts:

  • 86 per cent would advise their MP to vote in favour of increasing (45 per cent) or maintaining (41 per cent) CBC funding;
  • 82 per cent support (55 per cent) or somewhat support (27 per cent) the 2011 Conservative election promise to maintain or increase CBC funding;
  • 56 per cent of Conservative party supporters think it is important (33 per cent) or somewhat important (23 per cent) to reverse the Harper government’s cuts to CBC funding.  Overall, 77 per cent of Canadians hold this view.

After laying off 2,000 of CBC's creative staff, polluting CBC Radio 2 with ads, amputating the CBC Symphony Orchestra, the CBC's international radio service, Newsworld International, BOLD, radio drama, the television documentary unit, local news operations, and in-house production of all kinds, some CBC staffers have called for CBC President Hubert Lacroix to resign.

“Mr. Lacroix and all the members of the CBC’s Board owe their appointment to the Prime Minister – and do his bidding. The damage done to the CBC during the Harper years is substantial and Mr. Lacroix has remained on the sidelines, dutifully implementing the Harper government’s cuts without public protest instead of serving Canadians – the CBC’s shareholders – who broadly support the CBC and public broadcasting,” Morrison said.

Nanos conducted an RDD duel frame (land- and cell-line) random telephone survey of 1,000 Canadians between August 28 and September 3, 2015. Data was weighted by age.

The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. 

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting commissioned the survey in partnership with the performers union ACTRA and Unifor, the union that represents private sector media workers.

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent watchdog for Canadian programming and is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party.


For information:

Jim Thompson
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