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Monday, March 30, 2009

Save the CBC

The other day, I read about the cutbacks at the CBC, and the potential 'bailouts' to the major Canadian networks. I also received this email from the action group Avaaz:

"Dear friends,

Canada’s media networks have all been slammed by the recession. But the government is reportedly considering bailouts for its friends at private companies CTV and CanWest, while forcing the CBC to drastically cut 800 staff and programming.

Our CBC is a national treasure, and a pillar of public-interest journalism in a country whose media is owned by a few large firms. We won’t hear an outcry from their media outlets, and the CBC is too principled to use its megaphone to make the case for itself. We are the only voice the CBC has.

We urgently need a massive public outcry to Save the CBC, click below to sign the petition and forward this email to everyone who might care about this:

The petition will be delivered directly to the government, through Parliament, ads, and stunts such as an airplane pulling a giant Save the CBC banner over Ottawa. In each case the number of signatures on the petition will be crucial to the effectiveness of the campaign, so let’s get as many people as possible to sign.

The CBC is facing a budget shortfall that amounts to just $6 per Canadian, but its request to the government for a bridging loan to cover this was denied. The deep cuts the CBC is making will damage the organization across the board, and they will not be the last. If we don’t stand up for the CBC now, it stands to die a death by a thousand cuts. Harper’s minority government is politically vulnerable – public outrage could turn the government around on this, but it has to happen now. Let's move quickly.

With hope,

Ricken, Lisa-Marie, Laryn and the whole Avaaz Canada team."

(If you too are concerned about the state of our national media, the petition is here.)


Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

Signed Up! Thanks for the alert, T.L.

Mon Mar 30, 09:59:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

I got this e-mail, too, Tamara, and I wish I had more information on the government's position.

Thu Apr 02, 12:22:00 am GMT-4  

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