Bailing out the media

Opposition MPs, senators ask government to bail out Canwest and CBC


It’s the kind of government intervention that would normally be subject to instant, sweeping excoriation by the editorial board of the National Post, but as the Hill Times points out, “these aren’t normal times.” According to this week’s paper, NDP MP Charlie Angus and Liberal senator and former journalist Jim Munson are calling on the Conservatives to make sure that the collapse of the CanWest empire won’t sound the death knell for the many local newspapers and television stations that the company “gobbled up” during the golden age of media convergence that was the mid to late 90s. The pair also “expressed concern” over the future of the similarly embattled public broadcaster: CBC faces an ad revenue shortfall of up to $60 million this year. According to a spokesperson for Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, the government has no plans to bridge that gap: “We are not giving any more money to the CBC. End of story.”

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Bailing out the media

  1. Better not be bailing out CanWest either.

  2. Don’t give the CBC one RED cent.. It is the propaganda arm of the Liberal Party of Canada.

  3. They better not give the CBC a single penny more!
    Who needs impartial news? No one!
    Let the corporations dictate what the people need to know!
    Naturally, they have our best interests at heart!
    God bless you Harper!

  4. Bailing out CanWest will result in me seriously cheating and avoiding income taxes until the day I die.

    • Bravo – and the same goes to CBC – enough of my tax dollars go to support something I never watch.

  5. I listen to CBC and quite like it. I hope it survives.

  6. umm CBC bashers,

    it’s being run by a Stephen H appointee; nice shilling.

    • there was a blog on CBC that detailed how the govt was going to give CBC more funding when the conservs were trying to threaten an election recently (i think in order to facilitate the false-positive foment of the Law and Order legislation fake-drama to rally conservative types). now all of a sudden there is an about face. tsk tsk. when you keep changing your mind like that you end up having nothing to stand for.

      i think CBC can always improve; i’d like more of an independent slant since i see the invisible abuse of the use of the public broadcaster by conservs with wall to wall Stephen H/conservs and the fear in journalist’s eyes to even make fair criticism of the conservs–more “slapsuits” i imagine. it’s why i watch CNN. i may have to change my viewing habits though if i keep seeing the “Talented Mr. H” on it. CPAC has already become the conservative Political Affairs Channel when they can squeeze in more Stephen H with his apologists and pollsters who love him. and CTV is unforgivable since they pulled a Duffy on Dion and played cotton-ball toothless journalism during the Mulroney interview just before the ethics committee met.

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