FRIENDS also delivered some straight talk, taking CBC management to task for some of the things it wants to do during its next licence period, and calling on the CRTC to reject these plans.
For example, the CBC is proposing to broadcast less Canadian content during prime time, less local news and less children’s programming on its TV and radio services. The reason? CBC management wants to spend more on its digital platforms.
CBC should be going digital but not at the expense of its TV and radio services.
That’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul and FRIENDS supporters don’t like it one bit. We surveyed 2700 FRIENDS supporters and 89% think CBC management’s proposal is a bad or very bad idea. Just 4% think these proposals are a good or very good idea. You can read the full survey report here.
CBC management is proposing other controversial measures. For example:
- they want to be able to hide all details about CBC’s online spending and programming behind the CRTC’s decision to not regulate Netflix and other internet broadcasters the Commission made 20 years ago.
- CBC management has made it clear that they are going to chase TV and online advertising like never before, a strategy that is not in keeping with what a public broadcaster should be trying to do.
You can read FRIENDS complete submission to the CRTC here.
The CRTC will be convening a public hearing starting May 25th to discuss all of the issues and proposal that are on the table as part of the CBC licence renewal process. FRIENDS will be there to make sure your voice is heard!