Media

Feds Consider Fund for Private Broadcasters

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 08, 2009

The Canadian Federal Government's ideological imperatives are showing again.

The CBC was just forced to cut 800 jobs and sell off $125 million in assets after the federal government refused to approve bridge financing to help the public broadcaster through the recession.

But now the same government is contemplating $150 million to help Canada's private broadcasters - Canwest Global, CTVglobemedia and Quebecor - keep their local stations open and provide more news and current affairs programming.

It's not yet clear whether the CBC would also be entitled to take part in this fund, but the private broadcasters are furiously lobbying the government to exclude it.

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 jason (registered) | Posted April 08, 2009 at 09:16:30

whew, I was worried that E! Hollywood Story might only be on 7 times a day instead of 11. At least I can sleep easier now knowing this.

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By gullchasedship (registered) - website | Posted April 08, 2009 at 14:24:46

Your post might be a little less biased if you pointed out that the Mothercorp will still be getting far more funding for its TV broadcasts than private broadcasters.

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By shipchasedgull (anonymous) | Posted April 08, 2009 at 14:53:45

@gullchasedship - something you don't understand about "public broadcaster" eh?

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By jason (registered) | Posted April 08, 2009 at 16:34:11

imagine a world without the CBC, BBC, PBS etc.... We'll all have to tune into these clowns on US tv yelling their heads off at each other every night trying to drum up ratings despite having little clue what they're talking about.

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By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted April 09, 2009 at 13:15:46

jason >> imagine a world without the CBC, BBC, PBS etc....

That truly is a nice thought, thanks Jason.

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By Meville (anonymous) | Posted April 10, 2009 at 00:16:03

I never knew people were forced to watch CBC, BBC, and PBS.

The more you know...

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By highwater (registered) | Posted April 10, 2009 at 13:17:30

Average per capita investment in public broadcasting in Western democracies is $80. Last year the Heritage Committee recommended that the government raise its per capita grant from $33 to a mere $40. Even half the Western average is too high for the Cons. Guess they have to save it to give to their private sector buddies.

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By historian (anonymous) | Posted April 21, 2009 at 01:02:31

Public broadcasters are a joy to behold! May we continue to lobby for funds to keep them
sustainable. Can't imagine a world of Private broadcasters....oh yes I can....horrible!

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