Wade Rowland
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 Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service. HIs latest book, Canada Lives Here: The Case for Public Broadcasting will be released in August 2015 .

Entries by Wade Rowland

A Message For Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany

(5) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 8:24 AM

There was a lot that was extraordinary about Wednesday night's third presidential debate in Las Vegas, not the least of which was Donald Trump's assertion that he, and not the electorate, would decide who won the election on November 9th. But looking beyond the content of the debate itself, there...

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Mansbridge's Exit Is CBC's Chance To Fix What's Wrong With TV News

(59) Comments | Posted September 7, 2016 | 9:21 AM

Nothing in Peter Mansbridge's three-decade tenure as CBC news anchor so graphically illustrates the problem with television news as his manner of leaving.

Mansbridge announced Monday night that he's "let the CBC know that I'd like to step down from The National next July 1, shortly after anchoring...

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CRTC Orders CBC Radio 2 To Drop Ads: Could TV Be Next?

(23) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 1:56 PM

Here is the good news: the CRTC has ordered CBC/Radio-Canada to end paid advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique. The ban begins immediately.

The bad news is that CBC management still seems to think it was doing the right thing when it opened the two...

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The Hip Concert On CBC Is What Happens When Nation Trumps Revenue

(41) Comments | Posted August 23, 2016 | 11:51 AM

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The Tragically Hip performs in Kingston, Ont. on Saturday night. (Photo: Mike Homer/LiveNation)

The CBC's decision to air the Tragically Hip's farewell concert Saturday was a stroke of public broadcasting genius. Better than almost any event one could imagine, it demonstrated...

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Problem Facing Canadian Media Goes Beyond Loss Of Canada AM

(17) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Bell Media's brusque announcement that it is killing Canada AM represents more than the loss of a morning news and current affairs program with a 40-year legacy. It is further evidence that private television, now in the hands of a clutch of corporate behemoths, is no longer in the business...

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The Ghost Of Maurice Strong In Paris

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 2:18 PM

In the summer of 1970 Secretary-General U Thant delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that was dismissed in business circles and much of the mainstream press as alarmist nonsense.

He warned that global fossil fuel demands were on a steady upward trajectory leading to an "increase...

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The CBC Should Be a Top Election Issue for Canadians

(63) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 6:12 PM

It took a tragic photograph of an innocent's death to finally raise the question of Canadian values in an otherwise petty, parochial election campaign centred mainly on divvying up the spoils of a sputtering economy.

Suddenly, we were talking about the kind of country we once were, about the discomfort...

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The CBC Must Demand Access to Future Leadership Debates

(24) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:35 PM

In an election campaign that is extraordinary in so many ways, one of the more noteworthy changes is that there could be as many as five English-language leadership debates. More surprising and perplexing still is the way the CBC has abdicated its obligation as our public broadcaster to provide coverage...

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A Lame Senate Report on the CBC's Future

(14) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Early in the twentieth century, the American journalist Walter Lippmann and the philosopher John Dewey butted heads over how a modern democracy could possibly govern itself, given that so few citizens had the time, ability, or inclination to study the complex issues of the day. For Lippmann, the only non-violent...

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The Public Has a Right to Expect Integrity From Journalists

(9) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Evan Solomon was fired this week because he broke a rule in CBC's journalistic practices handbook that prohibits corporation staff from using their positions to gain a private benefit. Solomon's violation of this rule was not only obvious, it was egregious: he connected an art dealer with the rich and...

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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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