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Wade Rowland has worked in senior editorial and management positions at both the CBC and CTV network news divisions, and in CBC television current affairs. He is a former Maclean Hunter Chair of Ethics in Media at Ryerson University, and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University in Toronto. He is author of a dozen non-fiction books, including Spirit of the Web, Ockham's Razor, Galileo's Mistake, Greed, Inc., and most recently, Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service, released this Spring.

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What CBC VP Bill Chambers Should Learn About Public Broadcasting

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:40 PM

The CBC brass, apparently stung by criticism of its plans to pull out of production and focus on digital, mobile media, has taken to lashing out at its critics in an unseemly way. The latest example was posted Thursday night on the corporate website, and it is highly...

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CBC President Hubert Lacroix Should Face the Music

(13) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Since CBC President Hubert Lacroix announced plans to "ensure the sustainability" of the public broadcaster by radically reducing staff and shifting its focus from television and radio to various forms of Internet delivery over the next five years, there has been a rising chorus of voices calling on him to...

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A Strong CBC Would Make For Healthier Private Broadcasters Too

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:26 PM

New research on the impact of national public broadcasters has the potential to inject a fresh theme into the ongoing discussions in this country around what to do about the struggling CBC/Radio-Canada.

The first of two recent studies draws on a wide range of data from 14 countries...

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Could Subscriber-TV Save the CBC?

(4) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:47 PM

As the CBC and its supporters search with growing urgency for solutions to the public broadcaster's critical funding problems, an idea gaining some traction is that CBC television be dismantled, and spun off into a clutch of subscription-based cable specialty channels.

That way viewers could select what they want...

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Saving CBC Means They Must Cut Ads and We Must Boost Funding

(21) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Andrew Coyne, a reliably astute commentator on most issues of Canadian public policy, has an unfortunate blind spot when it comes to the CBC/Radio-Canada. He apparently thinks that the notion of public service broadcasting has outlived its usefulness, and that if we are to preserve any remnant of what was...

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Is the Rogers Deal the CBC's Last-Ditch Effort To Save Itself?

(4) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:27 PM

The CBC continues to make news, but not in a good away. This week it's the cancellation of the television network's flagship dramatic series Arctic Air, and the departure for the Globe and Mail of CBC news chief David Walmsley. Each, in its way, represents fallout from the dire financial...

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Without Hockey, the CBC Will Be Better

(40) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:25 AM

As predicted in this space several months ago, the CBC has lost the rights to NHL hockey. As nobody could have predicted, Rogers Media has purchased all rights, across all platforms, in all languages, for twelve years, for $5.2 billion.

CBC will be carrying Hockey Night in Canada for...

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Here's How CBC Should Be Funded

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 8:48 PM

At the Conservative policy convention that ended Sunday in Calgary, delegates voted on two resolutions concerning the CBC, passing one of them.

The motion that passed (with a narrow 596-504 margin) describes the public broadcaster as "an important part of the broadcasting system in Canada," but it notes that...

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Is Subscription TV the Answer to CBC's Woes?

(44) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:20 PM

A friend recently sent me this link to a Macdonald-Laurier Institute debate between Mark Starowicz and Andrew Coyne, two of the country's most respected journalists. The topic was "Does Canada still need the CBC?" It seems to me that Starowicz, arguing for the "yes" side, mopped the floor with...

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The CBC Should Be Ad-Free

(13) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 8:56 AM

The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting watchdog group this week released another of their periodic polls showing overwhelming public support for the notion of independent public broadcasting in general and CBC/Radio-Canada in particular.

The poll was taken in response to the passage of Bill C-60, which...

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The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster is a Corporate Crime

(52) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 3:50 PM

The Lac Megantic rail disaster is a terrible tragedy for the many who suffered loss. It is also an object lesson in why industries dominated by large corporations cannot be trusted to regulate themselves -- not even when there is nominal oversight by government, as is the case under Canada's...

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The Case Against Hockey on CBC Television

(27) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Hockey Night in Canada, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is by far the network's most watched show. When the lockout-truncated 2013 season got underway last January, audience numbers reached record peaks of more than three million viewers. Playoff audiences have topped five million.

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It's All Over for Hockey Night in Canada. Can the CBC Survive?

(24) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 4:52 PM

This year is the 60th anniversary of the birth of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, a fact advertised more or less constantly on the public broadcaster's radio and television networks.

Last year was the 80th anniversary of the CBC itself (in the nascent form of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting...

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The Private Industry Is As Rich As the CBC

(9) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 11:39 AM

As the financial plight of the CBC/Radio-Canada deepens, there are signs of a genuine debate emerging about how to restore the public broadcaster to health, and sort out the industry at large.

CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais announced later last month that the CRTC will begin consultations...

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