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CBC wants to abandon ‘free’ broadcasting

From the Globe and Mail: Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

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Sat, September 13 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CBC wants to abandon ‘free’ broadcasting

‘No more waffling, big Canadian media’

Craig Silverman wrote an interesting blog post in which he lauds some major Canadian media players for getting off the fence and picking a strategic direction.

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Fri, August 1 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘No more waffling, big Canadian media’

CBC News closes foreign bureaus, kills two shows

CBC staff got more grim details today about the extent of cutbacks at the public broadcaster. I “storified” some reaction.

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Tue, April 10 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CBC News closes foreign bureaus, kills two shows

The CBC sets out its cutbacks

As part of coping with a $115-million funding cut, the CBC will be eliminating 650 jobs over the next three years, the public broadcaster announced Wednesday.

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Wed, April 4 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The CBC sets out its cutbacks

Painful choices loom for CBC

Back in the 1990s, the painful job cuts the CBC went through were referred to as a “hollowing out,” if I remember correctly. Outwardly, things seemed the same, but inside, the core was gone from the tree. If the Conservative government forces a 10 per cent cut on the CBC in a bid to rein […]

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Mon, February 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Painful choices loom for CBC

Doyle detects an agenda at the Corpse

Globe and Mail TV critic John Doyle thinks he’s found a pattern at the CBC, with its tolerance of hockey commentator Don Cherry’s forays into politics and the right-wing tilt of business “dragon” Kevin O’Leary.

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Tue, December 7 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Doyle detects an agenda at the Corpse

The new CBC.ca is here! The new CBC.ca is here!

Check it out at CBC.ca. This new design is much cleaner and more compact. There’s a minor gateway to user-generated content. As one whistle, it offered a link to live coverage of World Cup two-man bobsleigh racing from Whistler, B.C.  But for the most part, not much news video evident. If you want to go on […]

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Thu, November 25 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The new CBC.ca is here! The new CBC.ca is here!

The populist CBC

This caught my eye in a Ryerson Review of Journalism article on the challenges facing CBC News.

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Tue, June 8 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The populist CBC

Former CBC Radio manager on L’Affaire Budd

Jeffrey Dvorkin, a one-time managing editor and chief journalist of CBC Radio, offers his thoughts on the Corpse’s big strategic idea to replace announcers with journalists.

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Thu, April 1 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Former CBC Radio manager on L’Affaire Budd

CBC pushed Barbara Budd out? WTF?!?!

Last night, Barbara Budd, the longtime co-host of CBC Radio One’s As It Happens, said she was leaving the show on April 30. And then it came out today that it wasn’t her decision.

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Tue, March 30 2010 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments