Radio-Canada is asking the CRTC to relax its mandate.
We would like to go more through digital platforms to fulfill the obligations that it includes.
CBC / Radio-Canada relies heavily on its online products to reach young people, but also to generate income.
Many people express reservations. This is the case of Pierre Karl Péladeau, owner of Newspaper that you read, but he’s not the only one.
Local producers are afraid that Radio-Canada will buy more foreign series. Ontario broadcasters fear that CBC will take more of the advertising pie.
The journalists of the box are concerned about the new advertising service Tandem, an infomercial platform where the credibility of the Radio-Canadian brand is associated with certain products.
In short, Radio-Canada seeks to generate income to ensure its survival and to be less dependent on public funding, which is legitimate, but by moving away from its mandate to invest in the private sector, which is less so.
The life of ideas
Many people deplore the fact that Radio-Canada is no longer doing television devoted to intellectual, literary or spiritual life.
These shows did not garner huge ratings and were replaced by translated series and films or adaptations of foreign quizzes.
The dead Second Regard however served as a meeting point. They were places of debate and that’s what public television is for. Fortunately, we kept Green Week…
The basic problem at Radio-Canada is that its public funding is subject to the vagaries of changes in government. The Conservatives are cutting, while the Liberals are investing.
Don’t wonder why Patrice Roy was so bad at hiding his happiness when Justin Trudeau replaced Stephen Harper.
From there, it is not surprising that CBC / Radio-Canada seeks to secure new revenues, but what is the point of public television if it does the same thing as private television to achieve it?
Let it appear on the screen
With its 1.8 billion annual budget, including 1.2 billion in public funds, the SRC already operates with more resources than its private competitors.
Everyone in the industry jokes about the number of researchers assigned to each show. Anyone would like to work under these conditions.
It is not disturbing in itself, but it would have to appear on the screen, in particular in the respect of the mandate which is that of a public broadcaster.
To achieve this, we must protect the public funding of CBC / Radio-Canada, perhaps by enshrining it in a law, precisely so that it is independent, both from changes in government and from private competition.
This is what would make the difference between a state television which pretends not to be and a real public service.