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CBC Radio: Q the Decline?

Barry Kiefl | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

CBC is like a crazy, old aunt, unwilling to accept the reality of her circumstances. In CBC's case it is the reality that its radio audience is comprised mostly of older Canadians. CBC senior managers have recently boasted about the record high audiences of CBC Radio. So the decline in CBC Radio and the real audience story have been covered up, along with the serious negative effects of disproportionate budget cuts. Meanwhile managers continue to ignore how people use radio, going after the younger, hip audience that long ago abandoned radio for other media choices.

CBC Reveals New Host Of 'Q'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada

Juno-nominated rapper Shad will take over from disgraced Jian Ghomeshi when "Q" relaunches in April.

The Sun's Power May Disrupt The CBC -- For Real

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada

On several occasions in the past, intense solar flares from the sun have disrupted broadcast signals here on Earth. Bursts of radiation from the sun h...

We Need To Talk About Farmed Animal Abuse

Yan Roberts | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada
Yan Roberts

While The Vinyl Cafe's annual holiday show was in Toronto the other day, angry fans of the much loved CBC Radio show were leaving hateful messages on ...

CBC Radio Needs To Omit Language That Normalizes Abuse of Animals

Yan Roberts | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Yan Roberts

There have been several high profile farmed turkey abuse undercover investigations recently showing how widespread this problem is in Canada. If the CBC quietly omitted the language that normalizes or celebrates abuse, that would be constructive.

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.

Thousands March In Support Of Radio-Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Supporters of CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada have a message for the federal government: no more cuts.Thousands marched through ...

What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine disaster.

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...

How Much Do You Know About P.E.I.?

Lori Gard | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

"The loss of these last five days has been a disaster, with the loss of instructional time...and we need to gain back as much (of that time) as we can...

Canadian Media Mangled Mandela's Legacy

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian media has missed, or, rather, sidestepped the opportunity to truly learn the lessons Madiba taught the world. Politicians and establishment hacks invariably give empty words. The juxtaposition of Canada's multicultural crown and the apartheid-like pyramid of pundits is a cross Canadians will have to bear. But, there are a few notable (positive) exceptions in the coverage of Mandela's death.

Here Come Ads On CBC Radio

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Business

A four-decade-long ban on advertising on CBC radio will come to an end in October, when Radio 2 will begin airing a limited amount of commercials, the...

Civility in Local Council Fiefdoms? Yeah Right.

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Small-town B.C. may be facing a plague of what disgraced former U.S. vice president Spiro Agnew called the "nattering nabobs of negativity" -- or at least that's what a number of B.C. mayors and their supporters would have you believe. One B.C. mayor went so far as to criticize citizens for contacting the media and provinvial watchdog groups (including IntegrityBC), claiming that no one in his administration would ever stoop to such a dastardly deed.

Commercials Coming To CBC Radio

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The CBC has been given permission by the federal broadcast regulator to introduce advertising on some of its radio networks, breaking a four-...

Finally, Canada Confronts Communism's Ugly History

Martin Krossel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Martin Krossel

Recently, the CBC Radio program Ideas ran a full hour interview with Washington Post columnist and author Anne Applebaum. Her new book, Iron Curtain, ...

Sorry Jian, There's no Such Thing as "Acoustic Rock"

Danko Jones | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

When Jian Ghomeshi came on the air last week on his show Q to announce that Mumford & Sons were stopping by in a few days to play in-studio, he described them as "Acoustic Rock Sensations." I rolled my eyes and shook my head. To me, the word "Rock" has always meant "heavy." Flippantly pairing the word "Rock" with words like "acoustic" or "folk" or "soft" undermines and strips it of all its deserving weight.

Watching the Watchdog: A Farewell to Bob Johnstone

Tim Knight | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Bob Johnstone, one of Canada's great storytellers, has died. Bob was big in everything he did. Big man, big voice, big heart, big soul, big appetite. One of the great interviewers in all Canada. I shall miss him.

Watching the Watchdog: The Final Dispatch from "Dispatches"

Tim Knight | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Over these past twelve years, MacInnes-Rae has proved with Dispatches that the ancient art of storytelling didn't die with Seven Days. And that for broadcasters, traditional storytelling is still by far the best, most efficient and effective way to pass on information, one person to another.

Why I Love Canada: We'll Tickle Your Funny Bone

Ross Macnab | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Ross Macnab

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png Canada is a funny place, and I mean "funny - ha ha." We may not love to laugh any more than anyone else, but I think we may laugh more. Canadians are funny and they like funny. It's how we see ourselves and how others see us. To the U.S., Canadians were either hockey players or funny guys. Eventually, Americans and Europeans played hockey, but Canadians remain the comedy Kings and Queens.

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.