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BellMobileTVBell has confirmed that their Bell Mobile TV users will now be able to access CBC and Radio-Canada TV programming.

“CBC and Radio-Canada join the growing range of world-class content available in English and French on Bell Mobile TV,” says Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Bell’s Chief Brand Officer. “Building Canada’s leading mobile TV service is part of Bell’s commitment to make the best content available across every screen.”

So far over 30 channels are available on the service, including CTV, TSN, MTV Canada and YTV.

cbcCBC has dropped right wing TV pundit Tom Flanagan after he said that he didn’t support the jailing of viewers of child pornography.

Flanagan, who is a former chief of staff to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, told an audience at the University of Lethbridge that while he didn’t condone child molesting he didn’t think they should jail people who view child pornography.

“I certainly have no sympathy for child molesters, but I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures”.

Members of the crowd booed Flanagan when he said that viewers of child pornography do not harm other people. Continue reading »

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CBC has asked for a more flexible licence from federal regulators as its first review in over a decade got underway.

The broadcaster is looking to broadcast 5% less Canadian content on its English-language network as well as introduce advertising to some of its radio stations.

President Hubert Lacroix argued that a lot has changed in the TV landscape since they received their current licences and that they need more flexibility.

“The financial challenges we face are daunting. But we will meet them, and we will balance our budget,” said Lacroix. Continue reading »

CBC could be out of pocket as much as $200m annually if it loses the rights to Hickey Night in Canada in 2014 when its current broadcast agreement expires.

A submission by the broadcast watchdog Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to the CRTC outlined the trouble CBC could be in should it not regain the hockey rights.

“The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC,” says Ian Morrison, spokesperson for FRIENDS.

“All told, the loss of hockey would be much worse than the most recent round of cuts from the federal budget. It would be a game changer for our national public broadcaster.” Continue reading »

Hubert Lacroix has been reappointed as the president and chief executive officer of CBC/Radio-Canada.

The announcement was made this week by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Lacroix will serve another five year term as president and CEO after first being appointed in January 2008. Continue reading »

CBC says they are preparing to take a financial hit should the NHL lockout continue for some time.

Hubert Lacroix, CBC president, said that if there is no Hickey Night in Canada the broadcaster will suffer.

“We have replacement programming for that, it’s not like we’re going to go to dead air,” Lacroix said.

“It’s disappointing to everybody who’s a hockey fan not to have Hockey Night in Canada.”

The NHL lockout is more bad news for the broadcaster, which suffered a 10% cut in funding from the federal government recently as it tries to reduce spending across departments. Continue reading »

Open casting is underway for a new CBC food host to join the daytime line-up at the broadcaster.

CBC is asking for audition tapes from both amateur and professional foodies who are interested in a hosting role.

CBC says they are looking for someone who is passionate and inspiring.

“We want to be ‘wowed’ by their culinary skill and ease in the kitchen, their ability to chat and prepare food at the same time, making cooking look effortless and fun.” The CBC website says. Continue reading »

CBC has announced that it will be consolidating its drama and comedy departments into one in the latest round of financial cuts.

Three jobs will be lost when the two departments merge into the newly named scripted prime time department.

Sally Catto, executive director of commissioned and scripted programming, says the cuts reflect CBC’s “new financial reality”.

“We’ve already made our decisions for the next year based on our financial reality,” she said.

“Going forward, looking to development, obviously we do have to look at the fact we will have fewer programming hours.” Continue reading »

CBC is putting some of its office space up for grabs in order to boost revenue.

The leasing of over 74,000 square metres of office space is one of the measures that the broadcaster is hoping will generate around $50 million by 2017.

“There’s a lot of square footage that is not used because of the cuts over the years,” CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix told reporters this week.

“What we’re trying to do right now is look to tenants. We’ve already started doing this. We would like to think that we can package some square footage in our buildings to actually invite tenants into our building.” Continue reading »