Two stories about our national broadcast entity , the CBC are making headlines this week.
In one, Kellie Leitch, the Conservative Party wanna-be leader, says that if she became Prime Minister, she would scrap the CBC.
Leitch appears to share the same view of the media as her old boss, Stephen Harper, who would prefer a media that simply regurgitates government press releases , instead of asking pesky questions and offering opinions.
I’d like to think that intelligent voters wouldn’t tolerate that, but look what happened in the last American election.
The other story revolves around a proposal from the CBC to go commercial free, but it would ask for a whopping increase of $400 million from the government to offset lost revenue.
As someone who has made my living in private broadcasting, I admit that I’m bothered that the CBC is allowed to collect advertising revenue while, at the same time , receive gobs of federal money to compete with private broadcasters.
To suggest that it creates an uneven playing field would be a massive understatement.
Times have changed in broadcasting.
Satellite and internet technology gives us thousands of choices for information and entertainment these days.
I do see the value in a publicly funded broadcaster, but not at any cost.
The CBC needs to re-assess it’s role in 21st century media, instead of just asking for more, more , more.