Our Priorities

Public Broadcasting

When the CBC was originally created, it was intended to be the nation’s public square – a place where we come together, to learn about each other, to share our tragedies and triumphs, our struggles, and our histories. For many decades, the CBC did just that and, in the process, became a world leader in broadcasting.

But after years of underfunding and neglect, the CBC’s ability to fulfil its public mandate is increasingly coming under threat.  That’s why we continue to call on the government to provide our national public broadcaster with the tools and resources it needs to properly serve the public. Canadians deserve a strong and vital CBC – one that they can be proud of for generations to come.

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On May 6th, 2024, our Executive Director, Marla Boltman, faced off against the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, as part of a panel discussion about the CBC on CKNW AM 980 Talk Radio with Mike Smyth.  

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In February 2024, Friends of Canadian Media submitted its recommendations to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland as part of the pre-budget consultation process for Budget 2024. Our key priorities were:

  • Exempting CBC/Radio-Canada from the 3.33% Crown Corporation budget freeze announced in 2023.
  • Obtaining sustainable and steadily rising funding over a 10-year term for CBC/Radio-Canada.
  • Securing a minimum of three years of stable and predictable operational funding for the Indigenous Screen Office and the Black Screen Office, to ensure the empowerment of Indigenous people and Black Canadians working in the cultural industries.

Read the full submission.

Our Executive Director, Marla Boltman, went on CityNews Halifax to discuss the December 4th, 2023 job cuts at CBC/Radio-Canada.

Listen to the full interview.

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