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Reimagining CBC during troubled times

The Reimagined CBC logo that participants created at Reimagine CBC's launch social. Photo: Angus Wong
The goal of the Reimagine CBC project is to spark a brainstorm on the future of public media in Canada.

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Hill Dispatches: CBC targeted by the Heritage Minister

Open house at CBC Vancouver. Photo: rickchung.com
CBC has been the subject of much unfriendly chatter on Parliament Hill of late.

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| January 16, 2015

What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC

Photo: flickr/Roland Tanglao

The CBC, and particularly CBC Radio, is easily Canada's most important cultural and public interest institution.

I say this not so much as someone who worked at the Corporation during the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s but, like so many other people, a kid who was brought up in a home that was always watching and listening to the CBC.

Residing in a small village in Nova Scotia, we greatly appreciated the voices and images, ranging from Clive Gilmore's 40-year run of Gilmour's Albums on radio to the hard-nosed journalism of Norman DePoe on TV.


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The CBC announced cuts on Thursday and a shift in its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, which will affect supper-hour news broadcasts and programs produced in-house, and will reduce up to 1,500 staff by 2020.

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CBC cuts will affect programming now, and up to 1,500 staff by 2020

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The CBC announced cuts to supper-hour newscasts and in-house production in order to shift its focus from radio and television to digital and mobile services.

On Thursday, the CBC reported that the broadcaster's President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said, "You're going to see an investment in mobility that's going to rise as the investment in perhaps television ... is reduced."


| June 19, 2014

CBC television and the 'public' in public broadcasting

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The "debate" about CBC resonates less and less. It's probably time for the super-verbalizing to end and for CBC to either produce or get off the pot. Consider the despoliation of language in just this recent round. (This doesn't apply, by the way, to CBC Radio, which has an audience that actually cares.)

Reimagine the CBC: Special event tonight at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre

Tonight's event includes performances by Dan Mangan and Hannah Epperson - among many others.

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The CBC in crisis


The future looks bleak for the CBC as we know it. The public broadcaster is facing a 12 per cent ($115 million) cut in its government funding and, two years down the road, the probable loss of the television service's flagship Hockey Night in Canada, which brings in about half the corporation's advertising revenue and provides about 400 hours a year of "Canadian content," a hole which will have to be filled.

Though the revenue shortfall will be most evident in the television service, CBC Radio will inevitably have to share in the pain as management scours the corporation for ways to cut costs.


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