The blog Canadaland reports that a group of high-ranking former producers and executives at CBC, calling themselves Public Broadcasting in Canada for the 21st Century, have submitted a proposal to the Heritage Ministry, calling for an ad-free CBC.
The signees include Bernie Lucht, the former Executive Producer of the
CBC Radio show Ideas, and Jeffrey Dvorkin, former Managing Editor and Chief
Journalist for CBC Radio, and former ombudsman of NPR Radio. Dvorkin currently
runs the University of Toronto’s Journalism department. They write:
It has become obvious to many that requiring our public broadcaster to
apply the practices of the private sector to its civic and cultural mission has
not resulted in the creation of a large body of distinctive, informative and
inspiring social and cultural capital for Canadians. While French services and
English Radio have fared better, it has turned CBC English television into what
its own executives have described as a “publicly subsidized commercial
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