Free The CBC!

Dave Killion — October 29, 2012

... just not enough to "$" for it!

On November 19, 2012, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will begin public hearings on the renewal of radio and television licenses for the CBC

“The CRTC will examine the public broadcaster’s role in light of its powers under the Broadcasting Act. The following are some of the issues that the Commission plans to discuss:

  • CBC/Radio-Canada’s overall strategy
  • equivalent quality of services in French and English
  • representation of official language minority communities
  • regional reflection and the services offered in northern Canada
  • the accessibility of information relating to the Corporation’s management and the effectiveness with which public comments are handled
  • the addition of advertising on Espace Musique and Radio 2, and
  • commercial agreements.        “
I suspect the CBC will be with us as a publicly-funded institution for some time. After all, the cost of the CBC is spread out amongst so many Canadians, that no one really has any incentive to invest much time and effort in getting the government to sever the relationship. However, those ‘public’ funds get concentrated into the hands of a relatively small group, and that small group stands to lose a great deal if funding is withdrawn. In addition, those who enjoy CBC programming get it at a much lower cost than they would have to pay otherwise. Those two groups (Baptists and bootleggers) are highly incentivized to lobby for funding. However, federal funding for the CBC is slated to be around $1 billion. Given the wintery and uncertain economic climate faced even by Canadians, perhaps that is a sufficient amount to rile ever more people to protest. One can only hope.


missy says

And now they’re trying to tell me not to eat beef? I’ve had enough!

— October 29, 2012

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