The Canadian Broadcorping Castration, as it is affectionately known, is Canada's publicly funded broadcaster. In French it is called Radio Canada. Established by the Canadian Broadcasting Act in 1936. It brings national news and programming to all of Canada (Half an hour later in Newfoundland).

The CBC is a crown corporation governed by the 1991 Broadcasting Act. It is subject to the regulations of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Competitors include CTV, Global television and of course the U.S. networks and specialty cable. Media personalities include Knowlton Nash, Peter Mansbridge, Wendy Mesley and Cynthia Dale. Shows include the Royal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, as well as Hockey Night In Canada (except during the summer).

CBC is a Crown Corporation that comprises two English language networks, radio and television, and two French language networks, radio and television--called Radio-Canada. This is public sector broadcasting.

Almost 50 years old, the CBC, particulary the Toronto radio-television complex, the television station known as CBLT, was a creative and technological center until the mid-sixties. After the first of many budget cuts, a cadre of creative and technical workers went to California to make great contributions to the American industry. (This was not unlike the contribution that Canadian, and British personnel from the terminated Avro Arrow program, made to the American Moon Program.)

The variety of programming, able to compete in one of North America's most competitive media markets, even before cable, produced people well-respected throughout the industry. Public Affaires and Current Events, Children's, Variety, Drama, Music, Sports--it all was broadcast from Toronto.

As with all the other great, and successful, experiments in public ownership, this one couldn't be allowed to survive. In the sixties, broadcasting licenses were issued to private entites that grew into networks. Now, the fashion doesn't permit the government to do what the private sector can do to make a profit.

So the CBC was starved of money--as medicare is being starved for money, as public education is being starved for money. Just today, May 16, 2000, another series of budget cuts has been announced--and lo and behold, it is justified by the fact that the CBC can't make enough money to be a private broadcaster, and besides, no one watches it anyway.

And so, the forces of privatization have another victory, the culmination of a decades long policy. Whether intentional or not, the effect is the same. Beaten down to the American Model.

The official name of the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a government owned company controlling a variety of media resources including:

The CBC also covers many major sporting events including CFL football and of course hockey with it's flagship Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.

Cuts in funding have caused debates over the level of local news the network can afford to broadcast and about allowing ads onto its ad-free radio stations. (Ads are currently shown on the television stations.)

The full list of CBC operations is:


(If I missed anything please /msg me)

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