Originally Posted by RWin
I would guess that tax $ (or £) don't go as far when you have half the population on 75 times the land area.
I would also guess that there may be political reasons.
We can most likely address the first issue with some success (a sensible first step would be to consolidate the public networks into one framework, sharing studios while maintaining separate channels for CBC and Radio-Canada) -- but, the political disgust for the CBC is something that disturbs me and it is something I hope dwindles as much as Quebecois support for separation.
The ramifications of not having a healthy public broadcaster are dangerous: your country's democracy becomes more vulnerable to special interests, like unions, corporations, and even not-for-profit political activist groups because these organisations influence private broadcasters (or even outright own them).
Unlike Global News' bias, I will say that I cannot overly criticise CTV for being strongly bias; but I can criticise them for too much celebrity news. Call the CBC snooze news
all you want. There are many Canadians out there that don't mind (and actually prefer) news that gets a bit more in-depth than the average Canadian's attention span would tolerate.
(...the kids these days, eh?)
A country cannot have a healthy democracy if the public solely relies upon private corporations for information. Look how stupidly issues are debated in the United States. *NO, THANK YOU.*
Public broadcasting needs to be part of the news mix. This is a must.
There are ways we can do this more efficiently and more affordably.