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'It's just never enough.'
"I will tell you emphatically that CBC has been violating the Broadcast Act and their mandate for a long time."
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"This reinvestment is a vote of confidence by government and by Canadians in our programs, our people, and our vision for the future."
"For sure there are going to be reinvestments."
"CBC is the cultural spine of this nation, the very essence of Canadian identity."
Stephane Dion said the CBC's role as a platform for Canadian arts and culture is "paramount," something he said was made clear during recent consultations.
CEO Hubert Lacroix says the CBC has healthy ratings, but is crippled by a broken funding model.
"Can we get more efficient in our usage of space (if) we can compress in less square footage? That's exactly the exercise we're in right now."
The Liberal leader also said he would double the annual funding for the Canada Council of the Arts from $180 million to $360 million.
"The decision to close down production centres is of great concern for our members as it should be for all Canadians."
The CBC brass need to pay attention to the general public's growing apathy towards an institution too often in the news for the wrong reasons. Uncomfortable corporate silences. Lingering questions. Unanswered inquiries. CBC fans can't explain this riddle to themselves, much less to lukewarm listeners. As the embattled broadcaster lobbies for increased government dollars to "Save the CBC" underneath a cloud of checkered transparency and puzzling rationales, taxpayers' appetite for increased spending dries up.
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CBC recently appeared before a Senate Committee examining its future and demonstrated that it has no real strategy for the future.
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.
As protesters marched on Sunday to oppose funding cuts to CBC/Radio-Canada, a former executive at the broadcaster is warning it’s “truly in danger of disappearing forever.” Alan Saulnier says years of...
Given that, in poll after poll, Canadians have expressed the view that the CBC/Radio-Canada is a public good that is both desirable and necessary, the solution to the market failure ought to be obvious: it is to provide the money necessary for the CBC. To do that will mean eliminating advertising on all CBC services, and boosting the public subsidies.
The president of CBC published an article in Huffington Post recently asking Canadians for help in deciding CBC's future. Good idea but the plea received modest reader feedback. Is it a sign that CBC has lost the public, that Canadians have stopped believing in and what CBC and its managers say?
Few will be surprised to read that the public broadcaster is facing tough times. But we are not alone. The entire media ecosystem is in flux. But even though we share challenges with private broadcasters, we are unique in one very important respect: we're accountable to you, the Canadian public. If we, as a country, believe in public broadcasting, then we need to support it.
TORONTO - With fears mounting of sharp staff cuts and a hefty budget shortfall at the CBC, at least one critic is questioning whether the public broadcaster could have done more to avert its financial...
If the CBC were to become an advertising-free service on both radio and television, as its supporters are demanding in ever-growing numbers, this fig-leaf rationale for unwarranted secrecy and arbitrary decision-making would be stripped away. A more truly accountable public broadcaster would be the result.
Petitions delivered to the government in the House of Commons are seldom an effective method of achieving change, unless they are accompanied by other, more effective actions. If online petitioners and other organizations are really concerned about the future of the CBC, their time would be better spent developing more effective campaigns.
OTTAWA - 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 Crown corporation has formally asked qu...
Taking such a drastic step -- killing the CBC's once-revered flagship program -- will signal to the world, the country and CBC employees in all departments that there's a new day, a new public broadcaster in Canada. This would be better than cutting innovate shows like Connect with Mark Kelley and Dispatches.
In this budget, we're seeing steep cuts to precisely those areas where the greatest opportunities for growth and evolution reside -- regional services, engaging documentary production, in-depth reporting, and comprehensive news gathering. At Reimagine CBC, we're using this moment as an opportunity for creative intervention.
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Go big or go home. That's the theory behind petitions presented by Conservative MPs calling for either the end of government funding for the CBC or the sale of the broadcaster. Conservative MPs Colin...
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OTTAWA - The Conservative government's long-standing promise to keep the CBC's federal funding stable appears to be in tune with public opinion.A Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press...
For this country's urban intelligentsia (the kind of people who think subsidizing Margaret Atwood books should take priority over buying military helicopters), a reduced CBC budget is more terrifying than a Don Cherry rant.
OTTAWA - The federal Liberals are trying to tap a well of potential support by positioning themselves as defenders of the CBC.Liberal Leader Bob Rae sent out a letter on Thursday announcing a campaign...
OTTAWA - The CBC's top boss says one of its major competitors is determined to damage the reputation of the public broadcaster in order to weaken it and he's determined to set the record straight on P...
OTTAWA –The CBC could see even deeper cuts than the 10 per cent reduction the Heritage Minister has discussed, federal Liberals suggested Thursday. Liberal heritage critic Scott Simms told HuffPost he...
Heritage Minister James Moore wants to slash CBC’s budget by 10 per cent, The Huffington Post has learned. Although a government decision is far from complete, Moore has discussed his wish to see the...