Posts Tagged "public broadcasting"

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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A lame Senate report on the CBC’s future

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Articles-Blog, uncategorized | 0 comments

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 answer lay in governance by an intellectual and technical elite that would rule, in the public interest, on the basis of “manufactured consent,” a consensus built around “necessary illusions” created at election times using the tools of modern propaganda. Dewey...

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CBC President Lacroix Should Face the Music and Resign

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

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 resign. “Focused, smaller, more mobile, more relevant,” is how Lacroix describes the new CBC he envisions. He calls it a “public media company [that] focuses on partnering to develop content” as opposed to a conventional public broadcaster. And he says that, in the face of...

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CBC Announces a Dubious Survival Strategy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on CBC Announces a Dubious Survival Strategy

The CBC’s strategic plan to shift priorities from broadcast to digital services and outsource virtually all but news and current affairs programming is, on the whole, a sensible strategy—from a purely business perspective. It saves money by reducing production and distribution costs. Shedding more jobs will further enhance the bottom line between now and 2020; up to 1,500 positions will be eliminated in the plan announced today (June 26). The thing is, though, that the public broadcaster is not a business in any conventional sense. It exists not to make money or to satisfy any financial...

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