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CBC Must Abandon Ads And Find New Sources Of Funding

Barry Kiefl | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

CBC has boasted that 50 per cent of the cost of its TV services is paid for by advertising revenue. No more. In the year ending August 2015, CBC English TV ad revenue fell off a cliff and was barely $100 million, well under 20 per cent of TV revenues. Funding from taxpayers is now four times greater than ad revenues.

Jian Ghomeshi: From Obscurity To Fame To Infamy To...?

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living

On Monday, the courts will begin sorting out whether he engaged in consensual "rough sex" or whether he sexually assaulted three women.

Paul James Band - 48 Years Of The Blissful Blues

Susan Ponting | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Music
Susan Ponting

Canada's blues crusader Paul James is a national treasure, and were it not for the shifting, sliding, finicky tides of the music business -- he'd be known around the world -- after all, he's toured in bands throughout the world, and Bob Dylan once told him if he moved to L.A., he'd make the big time.

Anonymous Caller Pledges $250K To Syrian Refugee Program

CBC | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Impact

"...leading by example is one of the most important things that we can do as residents in this great city, and this gentleman did it selflessly."

Why Is CBC TV So Consumed With Sports Broadcasting?

Barry Kiefl | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

Some would say, so what, it's the best the CBC can do in an era of shrinking budgets and audience fragmentation. Besides, that's what the audience wants. True, people love sports but has CBC ever asked the audience if all the sports programming could be found on other channels, would they prefer a CBC focused more on quality drama and entertainment?

The BBC Is About to Repeat Canada's Mistake

Barry Kiefl | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Barry Kiefl

As the BBC approaches its 100th anniversary, the venerable broadcaster is in a pitched battle for its future. The Canadian experience provides a lesson on how not to fund the BBC. Canada abandoned the licence fee in the 1950s on the premise that TV was too expensive to be funded by individual households.

Evan Solomon Lands New Politics Gig On SiriusXM Canada

CP | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business

Solomon anchored CBC News Network's daily political series "Power & Politics" and CBC Radio's weekly "The House"

CBC Rebrands 'Q' To 'q'

CP | Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - CBC Radio says its revamped arts and culture show "Q" has been renamed, sort of. The new name is the same, but spelled with a lower-case ...

CBC Radio: Q the Decline?

Barry Kiefl | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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.