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:Â future.cbc.ca.
- CanadaÂ should develop a cohesive cultural investment strategy, engaging all of the countries creators and creative industries, similar to whatÂ 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 withÂ Canada’sÂ 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 toÂ $46Â â€“ an increase ofÂ $12Â per Canadian. This would enable CBC/Radio-Canada to remove advertising from its services, complete its transformation, and strengthenÂ Canada’sÂ 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 receivesÂ $114Â per person.