Cbc Budget Cuts

The CBC Needs Direct Funding From Its Audience

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Does CBC/Radio-Canada need saving? While some have been sounding the alarm for a while now, there is a perfectly viable way for the CBC to keep on operating even if the money it gets from Ottawa keeps on shrinking: direct funding from viewers, a model that works very well south of the border.

What Needs to Happen to Save and Rebuild the CBC

Nick Fillmore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Fillmore

Many thousands of us who love the CBC -- and love to hate some parts of it -- spend a lot of time discussing its future and not doing enough to help save it. But now, with the election only a few months away, we can do something constructive.

Veteran Sportscasters Laid Off

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Veteran sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee are the latest high-profile casualties of budget cuts at the CBC.Armitage, 70, lent his bo...

CBC Cuts 'Going Too Far' This Time, Ex-Board Members Warn

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Nine former members of the CBC board of directors have written to the public broadcaster's current chairman to express alarm at recent cuts t...

CBC Slashes News, Shows, Jobs..

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The CBC is slashing some 20 per cent of its workforce over the next five years, while cutting back evening newscasts and in-house production...

CBC Personalities Go Public In Fight Against Budget Cuts

CP | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO — CBC personalities including Peter Mansbridge, David Suzuki and Linden MacIntyre are speaking out against a CBC proposal to shut down in-ho...

CBC Radio 2 Going Off The Air?

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A watchdog group says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and...

CBC Says Goodbye To Pro Sports

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Business

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is planning to cut 657 jobs over the next two years in an effort to cut $130 million from its budget. The new...

Canada Can't Afford to Cut Funding From the CBC

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Business
Toula Drimonis

CBC and Radio-Canada staff across the country are bracing for deep cuts today, as the public broadcaster aims to respond to an estimated $100-million revenue shortfall in the next year. It's likely that some Canadians may be rejoicing at the news, but I am certainly not one of them. Their raison d'être is not simple distraction, it is to be universally accessible, contribute to a sense of national identity and community, and -- most importantly -- keep a safe distance from vested financial interests. What that means is you can't necessarily assess their worth based on numbers, but rather good programming. You think we can't afford to offer intellectually-nurturing programming in these tough economic times? I think we can't afford not to!

The CBC Is About To Shrink Big-Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business

CBC staff are preparing themselves for bad news Thursday when the broadcaster is expected to announce a major round of job cuts and reductions to serv...

My Solution For the CBC, Post-Hockey Night In Canada

D.K. Latta | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

What's the solution to the CBC dilemma? Maybe what needs to be done is that the CBC, which has mutated over time into a multi-platform mega corporation, should be divided into semi-autonomous parts. By breaking the CBC into smaller, tighter organizations (but still associated with the whole) it might actually eliminate a lot of bureaucracy.

Don Cherry Is Holding CBC Hockey Back

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Don Cherry's regressive rhetoric betrays Canada's reputation as a nation of inclusiveness and cultural tolerance. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has tolerated this treatment for too long. Don Cherry's distasteful diatribes belong in hockey's past, not in the Canadian national pastime's present or future.

On Death's Door

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative cabinet has quietly changed a rule that could have prevented the CBC from following through on its plan to cut its internati...

Watching the Watchdog: Quit Complaining, CBC, and Prove Your Worth

Tim Knight | Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

I went to the Toronto Star's vapid "Whither the CBC" discussion this week. Apparently, the corporation's enemies are right-wing conservatives who ask "Why should CBC get more than $1-billion a year in public money?" Unfortunately, in 2012, it's a valid question, not entirely based on politics and/or greed.

Canada Sends Its Filmakers Packing

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 06.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

I am not happy with the cuts to the National Film Board (NFB), CBC and Telefim. It's culturally dumb. It's economically dumb. The cuts will only mean less jobs for the talented people working in this industry. It's time the government's support for telling our stories was not viewed as some fluffy option.

Battle Of The Blades On Hiatus As CBC Renews Primetime Shows

CBC | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada

A reality show that will cast the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz will debut next season on CBC, the public broadcaster announced Thur...

CBC Cuts Shows After Budget Slashed

CP | Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Big budget cuts at the CBC are putting "everything" on the chopping block — including hit shows "Republic of Doyle" and "Heartland," progr...

CBC Cuts Produce -- Surprise! -- Good Programming

Tim Knight | Posted 06.09.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

It couldn't have come at a better time. Right after the brutal $115-million budget cut -- while its enemies bash it for opacity and profligacy and its friends laud it as sacred Canadiana -- the network has a triumphant evening.

Why Chop Down the Arts?

Jacques Bensimon | Posted 06.07.2012 | Canada Politics
Jacques Bensimon

Why has the federal government targeted the CBC, Telefilm and the National Film Board? The only logical answer is that these cuts are purely political and ideological. Ottawa's politicians must stop using the arts as a political football and realize that culture is a profitable industry comparable to any other.

CBC To Air More Ads, Axe 650 Jobs

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Fans of the CBC can expect fewer new shows on television and more ads on radio as the public broadcaster cuts hundreds of jobs in the wake of...

You're Wrong, David Frum

Mark Crowley | Posted 06.02.2012 | Canada
Mark Crowley

David Frum recently published his analysis of the federal budget, and asked whether or not it definitively proves that Canada is the "best-governed country in the advanced democratic world." On a purely economic basis this budget is prudent in many ways. But as a policy document, it is a dismal failure that continues this government's disregard for the health of our democracy.

Tories May Force CBC To Give Up Secrets

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Tories used their majority on a House of Commons committee to call for tighter rules that would compel the CBC to be more transparent in ...

Why CBC Budget Cuts May Yield Better News

Tim Knight | Posted 05.28.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

If the CBC budget is cut by 10 per cent on Thursday, a frightening future faces Canada's only national public service broadcaster. Quality will drop everywhere. But it would also be a chance for the CBC to re-think its entire approach to news.

Rachel Mendleson

Hundreds Of Jobs At Stake, CBC Staffers Prepare For The Worst

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 03.28.2012 | Canada Business

Cuts to CBC funding expected in the upcoming federal budget could have dramatic implications, touching everything from popular television programming ...

Watching the Watchdog: It's Never Better to Fake it

Tim Knight | Posted 05.22.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

My column last Monday called out the CBC for using staged shots and one of the reporters e-mailed me objecting. My point was simply that the shots looked staged. For the camera. In fact, those two people actually were pretending to listen to their phones. Which detracted from the integrity of the story.