Posts Tagged "andrew coyne"

Is Subscriber-TV a Solution for Beleaguered CBC?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Articles-Blog | 0 comments

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 to subscribe to, rather than paying for the public broadcaster as a monolithic institution. And there would be no need for advertising, which most advocates agree is antithetical to the goals of public service broadcasting. It’s an idea that has strong initial appeal. For one...

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Andrew Coyne’s blindspot: public goods, market failure and the CBC

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Articles-Blog | 0 comments

Andrew Coyne, a reliably astute commentator on most issues of Canadian public policy, has an unfortunate blindspot 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 once a great national enterprise, it ought to be relegated to the digital netherland of the TV specialty channel. That way those of us who want to watch the service could pony up for it through monthly subscription fees. Here’s what he had to say in his column Saturday: As I’ve noted on...

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