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Link: Yanking ads off CBC can’t happen fast enough

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Yanking ads off CBC can’t happen fast enough
So yes, by all means, set CBC free. Give them a chance to be a commercial free broadcast zone for however many months it will take before the private networks figure out a way to sell their services on a purely subscription basis.

However: please do not hand over money from me and other taxpayers before auditing the CBC. I’d want to know if they spend money better now — and more of it on generating content — than they did five years ago. CBC needs to prove they can do what they say they want to do, which is create content without having to bow to commercial market forces. It’s a lot easier to say it than to do it. Continue reading.


Link: Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all
Leitch and Bernier are clueless. Television is the most important, influential storytelling medium of our time. Understanding it and why it has impact is rather necessary information to have, prior to denouncing any area of it. In the specific matter of CBC TV, to cite one example, Kim’s Convenience is not forgettable, irrelevant, or badly made; nor is it, in Bernier’s phrase, an example of “bad Canadian copies of popular American shows.” Continue reading.


Tom Clark brings his journalistic career to a close

From a media release:

With mixed emotions, Global News is announcing that Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent and Host of The West Block will end his career in journalism on January 1, 2017.

An iconic Canadian journalist, Clark has had an extensive and storied career, witnessing and writing history in Canada and around the world. During his 45-year tenure, he has interviewed every prime minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported from 33 countries, including eight active war zones. In his last five years with Global News, he has covered significant ground. Clark visited Ukraine during the civil war, had one of the first one-on-ones with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the park outside Buckingham Palace and most recently had a front row seat for the most contentious election in U.S. memory, sharing his signature contextual analysis with Canadians.

Together, Clark and Global News built The West Block into Canada’s most-watched political affairs program. Clark is well-known for pushing beyond the headlines and pressing politicians for answers. In his unique “Plane Talk” segment, he found a way to bring his love of flying to work, profiling influential newsmakers while in the air in his Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Prior to Global News, Clark held several roles at CTV and was present for innumerable significant world events. He was one of only a handful of journalists who made it into Belgrade to witness the bombing of Yugoslavia, he was in Berlin the night the wall came down, in Tiananmen Square when the government attacked students and in Kabul the day the last Canadian soldier left Afghan soil.

Clark, who hails from Toronto, is a fourth generation journalist and recipient of countless awards and accolades. Earlier this year he was recognized by the RTDNA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named one of the most influential journalists in Ottawa, known for his results-oriented reporting.

Clark’s last The West Block program will air on January 1, 2017. A new host for The West Block  will be named in the coming weeks.

The West Block airs on Sundays at 11 a.m. in OntarioQuebecManitoba and Saskatchewan12 p.m. in the Atlantic provinces, 10 a.m. in Alberta and B.C., in repeats at 10:30 p.m. in WinnipegRegina and Saskatoon and 11:30 p.m. everywhere else.


A creative Canada: Strengthening Canadian culture in a digital world

From a media release:

Today, CBC/Radio-Canada shares its contribution to the Government’s public consultation on the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

Read the digital summary here: future.cbc.ca.

Key highlights:

  • Canada should develop a cohesive cultural investment strategy, engaging all of the countries creators and creative industries, similar to what Britainaccomplished with its “Creative Britain” initiative.
  • CBC/Radio-Canada can play a key role in supporting that strategy by:
    • anchoring a strong and vibrant cultural ecosystem to strengthen our creative economy;
    • deepening our engagement with Canadians;
    • partnering more closely with Canada’s creators, creative communities and culture institutions to create even more great Canadian content; and
    • promoting Canadian content to the world.
  • To allow that to happen we recommend removing advertising from CBC/Radio-Canada. This would allow the broadcaster to focus squarely on the cultural impact of our mandate. It would also free up advertising revenue to help private media companies transition to a digital environment.
  • For CBC/Radio-Canada to become an ad-free public broadcaster, we recommend increasing per person funding to CBC/Radio-Canada to $46 – an increase of $12 per Canadian. This would enable CBC/Radio-Canada to remove advertising from its services, complete its transformation, and strengthen Canada’s creative economy. This amount reflects the (inflation adjusted) per person funding increase recommended by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in 2008. This is still well below comparable public broadcasters around the world, like the BBC, which receives $114 per person.


SOURCE CBC/Radio-Canada


Video: Canadian Screenwriter Simon Racioppa: Telling Canadian Stories

From the Writers Guild of Canada:

Telling Canadian Stories. Telling Canadians Stories. On all screens.

Canadian screenwriters write for all screens bringing a Canadian point of view to Canadian and worldwide audiences. If we don’t tell our own stories, who will? In this video, Canadian screenwriter Simon Racioppa talks about why our stories matter.