Posts Tagged "CBC television"

How a Strong CBC Can Help Our Private Broadcasters

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on How a Strong CBC Can Help Our Private Broadcasters

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 world-wide, and was pulled together for the BBC by U.K.-based Inflection Point research group. It was designed to test competing theories about public service broadcasting frequently heard in debates over the relevance of these services, here in Canada, and around the world. One is that public broadcasters,...

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

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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What Does the NHL Deal Mean for the CBC?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on What Does the NHL Deal Mean for the CBC?

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How did Still Life make it to air on CBC?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on How did Still Life make it to air on CBC?

CBC TELEVISION PRESENTS THE TWO-HOUR CRIME MYSTERY STILL LIFE: A THREE PINES MYSTERY, BASED ON THE INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING NOVEL BY LOUISE PENNY The Star listed this in its Sunday “worth watching” television lookahead, and I bit. It looked promising—just the kind of thing the public broadcaster ought to be doing. Big mistake. I’m no TV critic (I leave that ugly chore to John Doyle) but is this really the best the CBC can do? Really? Of course, the CBC didn’t produce this shambling trainwreck of a two-hour pilot, not actually. “PDM Entertainment and Attraction Images (formerly...

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