Masthead graphic based on a painting by Gudrun Thriemer.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Notes: Richard Stursberg, "Eye on the future," Globe and Mail, June 22, 2006.

"We are the only country in the industrialized world where citizens prefer to watch another country's programming."

Stursberg says that private broadcasters cannot make Canadian programming available in primetime when the greatest number of Canadians are watching TV "because their business model requires that they show US programming in primetime."

"Canada provides only about $32 per capita in funding to CBC/Radio Canada as a whole--that's for 27 platforms, including a range of television, radio and on-line services in French and English, and eight aboriginal languages in the North."

"Of the G7 nations, Canada offers the lowest level of public support to its public broadcaster of any nation other than the United States.

"...the BBC is funded to the tune of more than $120 (Canadian) per capita."
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