Posts Tagged "public broadcasting"

CRTC Bans Ads on Radio 2: Could TV be Next?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on CRTC Bans Ads on Radio 2: Could TV be Next?

      Here is the good news: the CRCT 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 radio networks to commercial sponsorship three years ago, with the CRTC’s wary agreement. A corporate spokesperson said Wednesday the withdrawal of permission shows “a lack of understanding about the reality of public broadcasting,” and “does not help CBC/Radio-Canada serve Canadians.” But the “reality” of public...

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Canadians Joined at The Hip, By CBC

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on Canadians Joined at The Hip, By CBC

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 the power of a national public broadcaster to bring a nation together to celebrate its shared values, to honour its prodigies, to connect. Preliminary ratings suggest that 11.7 million of us watched or listened to some or all of the three-hour concert in Kingston. That’s what’s known as “reach” in the industry. The show was available on CBC television, CBC Radio One, Radio 2, and Éspace Musique, as...

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Bell Media, Canada AM, and the Public Interest

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Articles-Blog, uncategorized | Comments Off on Bell Media, Canada AM, and the Public Interest

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 of serving the public interest. It may come as a surprise to some readers that in law and regulation, the federal government continues to regard the entire Canadian broadcasting system as a public service-oriented enterprise. Under the current Broadcasting Act, responsibility for providing citizens with...

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Why the CBC Isn’t an Election Issue and Why It Should Be

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on Why the CBC Isn’t an Election Issue and Why It Should Be

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 and even shame we feel in realizing how mean and self-centered we have become. We began to talk about values, the kinds of higher aspirations we have for our country, beyond maxing out GDP and reducing the tax “burden.” Our government’s lack of compassion in the face of an enormous...

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The CBC Must Demand Access to Leaders Debates

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on The CBC Must Demand Access to Leaders Debates

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 of these events. Numeris estimates the audience for the first of the debates last Thursday to have been about one-third that garnered in 2011, when the events were produced and distributed by the usual consortium of CBC, CTV, and Global. The average per-minute television viewing audience was...

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