Friday, March 23, 2012
How to Save Public Broadcasting in Canada
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the venerable Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
It was created in the midst of the depression by a Conservative government to act as a bulwark against commercial US radio which was easily heard in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver from powerful cross-border stations.
But instead of celebrating, the mood at the CBC is downcast. A growing sense of opposition to the concept of public broadcasting is building. The government of the day in Ottawa (once again, Conservative) now sees the CBC as an ideologically driven money pit.
Here is the article I wrote for an ongoing Toronto Star series on the CBC.
The series will run over the next few days in anticipation of some serious budget cuts
expected from the federal government soon.