Posts Tagged "CBC television"

Is the subscription television model the answer for the embattled CBC?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Articles-Blog | 0 comments

Is the subscription television model the answer for the embattled CBC?

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 Coyne. But there is more to be said about Coyne’s suggestion that CBC television ought to be dismantled, and spun off into a constellation of self-supporting cable specialty channels so that viewers could select what they wanted to subscribe to, rather than paying for...

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Why the CBC should drop Hockey Night in Canada

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on Why the CBC should drop Hockey Night in Canada

Why the CBC should drop Hockey Night in Canada

© 2013 by Wade Rowland 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 3 million viewers. Current playoff audiences have topped 5 million. NHL hockey is also he network’s biggest money-spinner, bringing in an annual haul of about $100 million, roughly a third of total CBC advertising revenue. Many other public broadcasters carry professional sports. The BBC, for example, spends just under one-tenth of...

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The CBC is in Crisis: Canadians Deserve to Know Why by Wade Rowland

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Articles-Blog | 0 comments

The CBC is in Crisis: Canadians Deserve to Know Why by Wade Rowland

CBC VP Kirstine Stewart resigns: Debriefing, please. © 2013 by Wade Rowland What does Kirstine Stewart know about the future of the CBC that the rest of us don’t? Why does anyone leave a position as the most powerful and influential media executive in the country to —as tech columnist Jesse Brown describes her new job—sell ads for Twitter Canada? And why leave immediately, without prior notice? Stewart has spent seven years as a senior executive at the CBC, hired by the much-maligned Richard Stursberg to head up CBC television. She wound up replacing her boss as vice-president of...

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Book Launch of SAVING THE CBC by Wade Rowland at Furby House Books, Port Hope

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Author Events | 0 comments

Book Launch of SAVING THE CBC by Wade Rowland at Furby House Books, Port Hope

Reading and Author Event May 3, 2013 Time: 7:00pm Location: Furby House Books, 65 Walton Street, Port Hope, ON Wade Rowland, author of “Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service” will be signing books and discussing how he came to write Saving the CBC. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to pre-order a book, contact Furby House Books at 905-885-7296 Asked to name the institutions that best define this country, most Canadians place our public broadcaster somewhere high on the list. But there is a very real danger that the CBC will not survive beyond the next two...

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