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Appointing the CBC President
A letter to the Prime Minister suggesting improvements to the way in which the next CBC President is to be chosen...

OPA attacks new TV policy
Our Public Airwaves says Canada's broadcast regulator is doing nothing for the CBC while giving private TV broadcasters a new licence to print money...

Presentation to Heritage Committee
Text of Our Public Airwaves verbal presentation on the CBC to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. The committee is conducting a study of the CBC's mandate as a public broadcaster in the 21 st Century...

Brief to Heritage Committee
Text of Our Public Airwaves written brief on the CBC to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage....

OPA statement to CRTC
Text of opening statement on December 6, 2006 to the CRTC public hearings on TV policy. Our Public Airwaves asks Canada's broadcast regulator to use its powers to the fullest extent possible to enhance the ability of CBC to satisfy the programming needs of Canadians...

Call for CBC subscriber fee
In a submission to the CRTC review of TV policy, Our Public Airwaves asks for a subscription fee to help fund the CBC. The brief also calls for restrictions on CBC advertising...

Brief to CRTC on TV policy
OPA's presentation to Canada's broadcasting regulator with proposals for improvements to TV policy that would be beneficial to public broadcasting...

Stop CBC cannibalization
In response to the latest CBC cutbacks, Our Public Airwaves has written to the Minister of Canadian Heritage demanding government action to stop CBC from cannibalizing itself in order to pay its bills...

Letter to Minister of Finance
In anticipation of the coming federal budget, OPA reminds Finance Minister Jim Flaherty of several areas in which the CBC needs increased funding...

Letter to Heritage Minister
Our Public Airwaves offers support for government plan to review CBC mandate and reminds minister of CBC's need for increased and stable multi-year funding....

The Campaign for A New CBC
Our Public Airwaves launches campaign to give CBC a new start with new leadership and better sense of direction...

A letter to Bob Rabinovitch
Our Public Airwaves has asked the CBC President to do the honourable thing and resign immediately in the best interests of the CBC and the people of Canada...

Ending ads is not top priority
Letter to editor of Toronto Star in response to article supporting increased funding to end TV commercials on CBC...

OPA launches Save OUR CBC!
Campaign is designed to make Martin government take responsibility for CBC lockout crisis...

OPA statement on CBC lockout
Our Public Airwaves blames lockout on federal government under funding of CBC...

A letter to Gordon Campbell
OPA commends decision to maintain B.C.'s educational network but cautions that increased funding is required...

Protest letter on TVO cuts
An open letter to Minister Mary Anne Chambers regarding programme cuts at TVOntario...

CBC is budget loser
A letter to The Globe and Mail...

Appointing CBC president
A letter to The Globe and Mail...

OPA questions CBC radio plan
CRTC application will introduce American satellite radio into Canadian market...

A letter to the Prime Minister
OPA asks PM to appoint Heritage Minister who will serve as advocate for arts and broadcasting...

Tory government could gut CBC
Election of Conservatives could destroy one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions...

Dear Premier Campbell
OPA asks Premier to reconsider privatization of B.C.'s Knowledge Network...

Let's stop cheering over CTF
OPA says Liberals get undeserved applause for restoring funding to Canadian Television Fund...

Hands off TVO!
OPA campaign defends TVO against privatization or budget cut....

OPA letter to Paul Martin
Our Public Airwaves has asked the Liberal leadership candidates for their positions on broadcasting issues...

OPA letter to Sheila Copps
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Airwaves opinion
OPA comment on the Heritage Committee broadcast report...

OPA welcomes Committee support for public broadcasting
Our Public Airwaves applauds recommendations of Commons Heritage Committee report on Canadian broadcasting...

Our Public Airwaves responds to TV drama report
New CRTC drama report is like putting new tires on an old car when the engine is burned out....

Government may cut CBC again
Our Public Airwaves warns minister that further cut will exacerbate the CBC's financial difficulties...

Canada’s TV programming system is broken
Our Public Airwaves calls for government to fix Canada's troubled TV production system...

Response to Recent Allegations
A response from Our Public Airwaves to recent outrageous accusations...

Manley Budget Cuts May Hurt Canadian Programming
This is no time for John Manley to cut funding for Canadian programming....

Letter of Concern to Finance Minister John Manley
In a pre-budget letter to the Minister of Finance, Our Public Airwaves expressed concern about funding for both the CBC and the Canadian Television Fund....

We Need More Canadian Entertainment on TV
It’s time to counterbalance the tidal wave of American programming that floods across our border...

Letter to the Heritage Committee
As your committee begins to prepare its report on Canada’s broadcasting system, we write to remind you of the importance of Public Broadcasting as the cornerstone of that system....

A New Voice for Public Broadcasting
Our Public Airwaves launches public advocacy campaign...

Worth Reading

Haddock says CBC wants Intelligence dead
Creator of CBC drama series publicly attacks network with claim CBC is gunning to "bury" his program, despite its popularity in markets around the world...

CBC TV chef James Barber dies
Barber appeared on CBC-TV for 10 years as The Urban Peasant...

Lineup announced for CBC's Canada Reads
An astronaut will defend a book about a 19th-century man obsessed with a glacier and a hip-hop poet will vouch for a book set in a dystopian Toronto of the future in the 2008 edition of CBC Radio One's Canada Reads...

CBC says sorry for toying with puppets
TV network offers apology to Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe...

Friendly Giant puppets pulled from CBC
CBC apologizes for portrayal of Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe as smoking, drinking and having sex in a retirement home...

New head for all CBC English media
Richard Stursberg to oversee TV, radio and website, denying move will lead to job cuts...

CBC amalgamates English-language operations
CBC will integrate all English-language services under Richard Stursberg, who is currently Executive Vice President of English TV...

Writers' strike may help the CBC
Timing couldn't be better for new lineup, programming chief says...

CBC TV unveils aggressive winter schedule
Starting in January, TV net introduces mixed bag of 12 new shows, many clearly aimed at attracting a younger, more female audience...

CBC TV tries again to adapt French comedy
Is Sophie going to be the next big Canadian TV comedy hit? Will it cross cultures easily?...

What is best role for CBC today?
Toronto Star editorial asks whether " CBC will be pushed to oblivion or allowed to thrive and regain its former role as the country's major cultural institution."...

How do you take your CBC?
"The CBC is a cultural institution. It is not a doughnut shop." Globe and Mail TV columnist takes issue with CBC TV boss Richard Stursberg for comparing the network to Tim Hortons...

CBC to air reworked Falun Gong doc
After controversy over Chinese complaints, producer says film is not going to be deminished and extra publicity will mean that more people see it...

CBC-TV to air revised Falun Gong documentary
The documentary was postponed amid fears complaints by Chinese officials had persuaded the broadcaster to pull it from the lineup. Producer says controversy may win more viewers...

RCMP believed communists had infiltrated CBC
The RCMP spied on CBC and Radio Canada employees for years and was convinced at one point that communists had infiltrated the CBC in Montreal, according to secret documents that have just been released....

CBC is too important to be allowed to drift
Editorial in Montreal Gazette on appointment of Hubert Lacroix as new CBC president says "There is, we believe, a generalized feeling among Canadians that their public broadcaster is floundering," while "there is little in Lacroix's CV to suggest he brings skills or experience of specific relevance to his new job."...

CBC pulls Falun Gong documentary
Network postpones repeat of film aired in the spring after Chinese diplomats raise concerns...

Stursberg sees kindred spirit in new CBC boss
"He appears, like Stursberg, to be opposed to a vision of the national broadcaster operating only as a quality niche service in a fragmented television environment."...

Novel about CBC radio wins Giller
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay lauded as "...a dazzling virtuoso praise song to Canada and things Canadian, but ultimately, it is a flawlessly crafted and timeless story, masterfully told."...

CBC video clips to air on YouTube
CBC hopes to attract young, Net-savvy viewers through YouTube.ca...

PMO picks unknown to head the CBC
Many in broadcasting industry greet announcement with: "Hubert who?" Hubert T. Lacroix, a Montreal corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions has been named the new president and chief executive of the CBC...

CBC radio chief quits, citing 'midlife redesign'
Jane Chalmers says she is simply tired and felt it was time for her to leave the hectic job. In a note to CBC staff, she called her decision a "major midlife redesign"...

CBC Radio's VP Chalmers to retire
"Work has always been the priority. And then suddenly you realize about the time that you've missed and you question whether you've got the right balance in life,"...

CBC dominates Gemini news, sports awards
Documentary that helped lead to conviction of Klansman snags Gemini Award...

Appointment to CBC Board of Directors
Government appoints Rémi Racine of Montréal to CBC Board...

CBC premieres hold their own
CBC TV premiered nearly all of its fall shows last week amid heavy competition, drawing strong numbers for comedies like The Rick Mercer Report and the period drama The Tudors...

Little Mosque wins humanitarian award
CBC ground-breaking sitcom wins Search for Common Ground award from U.S. human rights organization that promotes collaborative problem-solving as an alternative to conflict....

Solid CBC reality show is even cruelty-free
CBC's Triple Sensation"a reality show that wasn't based on cruelty and actually respected the talents and humanity of all its participants. "...

CBC's Intelligence could be Fox's hit
American network orders pilot of CBC drama adapted to an American setting...

What Ontario parties are saying about TVO
Union asked Ontario's three major political parties whether they would commit to more funding for TV Ontario. Only NDP said "yes"...


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