Media

Feds to CBC: Make Do

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 24, 2008

Back in January, the Standing Committee for Heritage issued its CBC mandate review and unanimously recommended a funding increase for CBC/Radio-Canada, in part to launch a local station in Hamilton.

Its larger recommendation was a memorandum of understanding between CBC/Radio-Canada and the federal government to clarify roles and establish stable funding.

In her reply to the Standing Committee, Heritage Minister Josée Verner turned down the request for a memorandum, noting that under current legislation, funding for the CBC is at the discretion of Parliament, not the government.

Verner also turned down the request for more money, suggesting that the recommendation was "operational in focus" and that it would not be proper "given that CBC/Radio-Canada operates at arms' length".

She added that the public broadcaster "is expected to make the best use of existing resources, which currently exceed $ 1 billion annually".

CBC/Radio-Canada issued a press release calling the decision not to endorse the Standing Committee's report "a missed opportunity to enhance the accountability and transparency of Canada's national public broadcaster."

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By peter (anonymous) | Posted June 25, 2008 at 06:01:59

can you dumb it down for me, please?

does this mean we won't be getting a cbc station or what?

whatever...it has an ominous sound to it.

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted June 25, 2008 at 12:50:12

Why does anyone care if we get a CBC station in Hamilton? Do we need another media outlet to tell us Hamiltonians that we are fat?

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By sickofit (anonymous) | Posted June 25, 2008 at 13:58:21

wow - you are two-for-two today Capitalist...

sheesh.

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By jason (registered) | Posted June 25, 2008 at 14:04:14

"do we need another media outlet"???
Lol.

No, Hamilton is served just fine by media. What more do we need than the LIUNA Spectator to tell us all how to think??

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By One Eyed Man (anonymous) | Posted June 25, 2008 at 14:25:34

"Do we need another media outlet"

You can lead a horse to water...

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By jacksquat (anonymous) | Posted June 25, 2008 at 14:46:10

"Do we need another media outlet"

Naw, we only need one media outlet, and one restaurant (hope you like burgers), and one transportation system (hope you can afford your lease, insurance and gas payments), and one coffee shop (hope you like Timmys)...

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By peter (anonymous) | Posted June 26, 2008 at 03:49:11

the spectator, brought to you by the two joes - mancinelli and losani.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted June 26, 2008 at 10:02:21

Gee, Capitalist. What about the new jobs another media outlet would generate?

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By Cityjoe (anonymous) | Posted July 04, 2008 at 13:26:40

I'd be happy with just one media outlet...do you think we can get one any time soon? ;-)

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