Talk:Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Photo request[edit]

We'd like a photograph of the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton St. in Vancouver. -- Denelson83 17:33, 26 May 2006 (UTC)



The controversies section says police arrested terrorists who planned for a violent takeover of the cbc building. This factual event is in no way a controvery about the CBC or a controversy at all! If the writer of this section is implying the policemen made up the fact investigators made up the fact the terrorists were planning to attack the CBC in some kind of media conspiracy it is completely absurd. That small bunch of kids who we called terrorists were planning to blow up the CN tower and behead the PM. They had all sorts of crazy plans who had no chance of working. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:34, 17 April 2007

Election related news[edit]

CBC was not #1. CTV was. [unsigned]

The day after the election, two ads were run, one from each network. CTV's numbers were for their main channel and did not include CTV Newsnet; CBC's numbers included Newsworld, the equivalent 24-hour news network. Thus, coverage from the CBC drew greater numbers than the equivalent coverage from CTV. To parse the figures otherwise would be disingenuous. -JTBurman 23:09, 11 February 2006 (UTC)
Macleans is running a story on this issue, which adds detail. See it here
-JTBurman 20:02, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Using Firefox and Adblock[edit]

I'm wondering what others think of adding a few lines to point people in the direction of Adblock and FF, in the case of Canadian citizens, we have already paid for the site, and should not have to see ads. Lorax 01:03, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

To be accurate, you haven't paid for the site, at least not all of it. Canadian citizens only pay for 2/3rds of the CBC's cost. The government hasn't covered the entire budget of the CBC in decades.

So CBC has had to make up the difference. Hence the advertising on the web site. Zedcaster 06:15, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

It's also not Wikipedia's place to promote particular software or provide free advertising in this way. We have to let users make their own decisions about advertising on websites, and how they want to respond to that — the NPOV rule pretty much demands that Wikipedia not express personal opinions that such a matter is objectively a bad thing. Bearcat 19:47, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, that's a relevant argument Bearcat. Debate about the misappropriation of resources within the CBC is best kept on the blogs. :) Lorax 01:22, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

Unauthenticated recordings?[edit]

If the recording added on 2006-03-17 is quite clearly an actor, does that mean it should be removed as a possible origin for this nickname, or perhaps just noted as such? The introduction voice in the recording sounds suspiciously like one of the character voices created by Allan McFee, a CBC broadcaster well known for his spoofs. But of course, this is ... unauthenticated as well.
--ghoti 13:51, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

The clip in question isn't verifiable as the origin of the nickname; it seems to be ripped from a quiz show of some kind, and from the wording it would appear that the clip dates from a time when the belief that the network had been so identified on air already existed. It does sound a bit like Allan McFee, you're right — but yeah, it's hard to verify that. That's precisely the problem with this; the only thing we really know about the Broadcorping Castration thing is that there's a documentable belief that it happened. Bearcat 19:52, 2 June 2006 (UTC)


there is no union called "SCRA"

it's called SCRC

CBC going totally public[edit]

Recently there has been talk about the Canadian government wanting to make CBC 100 per cent public. They want CBC to stop running ads and showing professional sports. If anyone can find a story on this, then it would be a good item to have on the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fishhead2100 (talkcontribs)

You're probably thinking about a senate committee report that made those recommendations. The government itself - i.e. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives - are not bound by it and certainly have not announced any policy to that effect. — stickguy (:^›)— home - talk - 03:19, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

Pacific Broacast Centre[edit]

Anyone here able to write about the Vancouver HQ; maybe I don't have its proper name right...I would have thought it already had an article. Needed for linking off various Vancouver pages.Skookum1 17:43, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

It's called the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre in Vancouver. However, I don't think it deserves its own article. Denelson83 21:18, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Terrorist Attack?[edit]

Should there really be a section dedicated to a supposed plot by a bunch of idiots who were caught before they had any chance succeeding? It seems a little sensationalist to even bother mentioning that the CBC was one of the targets of the attack, let alone giving it its own section.

I say the section should be removed and, at best, added as a small sentence elsewhere in the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:52, 13 July 2006

Yeh its marginal - it is of note, but it should be cut down and folded into some other category. I would say it should be put into a history section--Omnicog 14:41, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
Those charged with supposedly plotting to bomb the CBC, among other targets, have not yet been found guilty and it may be that this "plot" was never true. Innocent until proven guilty applies despite these individuals supposed devotion to Islam.

Cosmic Butterfly Corporation[edit]

Regarding this logo:

(Image removed by bot per WP:FU)

In one episode of Wayne and Shuster the CBC is referred to as the "Cosmic Butterfly Corporation" based on this logo- since one of the other logos is noted as being nicknamed the "Exploding Pizza" perhaps it's worth noting this mention of the butterfly logo as well? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:09, 9 August 2006

Kids Program[edit]

CBC Radio Canada has a French Children's Program that airs on Access (Channel 9); it's about a girl and a boy (about 5 and 4 years old) that play together, and the show features a lunchbox with cucumber eyes and a watermelon mouth. Can someone please tell me what this program is? I can't tell from all the french in it.Ohyeh 18:51, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

Closed captioning[edit]

I added a section on CBC’s history in, and its sometimes-unique requirements for, closed captioning, citing sources all the way.
joeclark 17:28, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

Name Change of Article[edit]

Does anyone else think that the name of this article shoud be moved to CBC/Radio-Canada instead of just being Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, since the article is refering to the umbrella brand and not just one specific entity, either the CBC or SRC? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:45, 22 August 2006

Nope. -- Denelson83 00:33, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
In the 2005 edition of the WRTH, CBC/Radio-Canada is listed as the "Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada", however I don't know if this would be too long for an article name. At least it's not an English translation of something like how for the longest time possible the ARD article was mentioned as the "Alliance of the Public Broadcasters of Germany" when it was more known as ARD. -Daniel Blanchette 18:09, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Accusation of bias[edit]

Saying that the CBC has been accused of bias is all well and good, but citations are needed to show where this is the case. Saying that "many people criticize the CBC" is just not enough of a foundation for this section. Captain canada

Go into any Conservative forum sight and you will get all the foundation you want. CBC is liberally biased, but who is going to report that and form a credible source - most of the other media are somewhat liberal too and are not going to start a media war over those kinds of accusations. Fox News gets pounded because of their conservative slant - obviously the only reason that the same kind of thing doesn't happen to all the liberal media is because they have this huge group of slacker liberals to defend them.--Omnicog 15:37, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Anybody with half a brain knows that the CBC is Liberal biased. They're pretty blatant about it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:10, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Having bothered to read CBC articles every day for the past two years I've noticed that maybe a couple times a month or so the CBC will present a 'news' article that is blatantly slanted. Either it will misrepresent facts or not state *all* the facts.
That being said, it is fairly centric in it's views. People tend to accuse the CBC as being Liberally biased but since the Liberals tend to be a centre/left-of-centre party then any organisation seeking to be centric (i.e. non-biased) would appear to have liberal views.
Canadian society is dominantly centric in it's view point. This is why the Liberals (our *centric* party) has dominated Canadian politics for all of the 20th century. The Conservatives have made their best gains, and you can see the same with the NDP, when they moved from the further right to become more centric. The same can be said for the NDP moving from the hard left.
While bias *does* exist, a certain amount of bias will exist in any sort of media. It's pretty hard to prevent *all* bias from existing in any shape or form. They are, however, not actively seeking to be Liberal in their views. The only people you will see complaining about "CBC Left-wing bias" are the Conservatives and their supporters. I'd get in to why *they* think that way but this isn't a political discussion board.Celynn (talk) 06:27, 1 November 2011 (UTC)


The list is missing Zintar Sehrs (sp?) The name is impossible to spell, but I'm sure someone knows it, and can add it to the list.Landroo 14:52, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

The number of personalities in the "present" list needs to be a multiple of five, for aesthetic reasons. -- Denelson83 19:13, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
The trouble with someone like Zintar Sehrs (and bravo, according to this CBC transcript you did get the name right) is that the CBC's own website doesn't actually have a profile of him (they don't have a profile of Robert Fisher, either, but at least there's other stuff about him on the web since he used to be with Global), and even a Google search brings up very little. So while we could theoretically list him, we have almost no realistic prospect of actually being able to write an article about him anytime soon, and the ability to write an article that we can wikilink to is a major consideration in who gets listed there or not. Bearcat 18:40, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

More recently, there was a bit of an ongoing revert war over whether the list should be replaced with a text link to the category for CBC personalities. As a compromise, I've moved the list of personalities to a separate list article, List of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation personalities. That's arranged as a straight list, so multiples of five are no longer an issue; consequently, I added Zintar Sehrs as well. Though if somebody wants to actually write an article about him, I wish them lots of luck finding any actual information. Bearcat 19:22, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

The name is actually Dzintars Cers (Reporter/Editor in English Radio News). I've updated the list. Google finds a few hits for that name, if anyone wants to try to assemble a page.
Heck, we could always go with his name in IPA, /'zɪn.tɑɹ sɝz/. :) -- Denelson83 17:58, 16 October 2006 (UTC)
Okay, gotcha. You gotta admit, it is a very hard name to spell if you're exposed to it mainly on the radio. Bearcat 23:12, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

A few months ago I added Don Cherry to the Personalities list, but now I see that he has been removed. Does someone have a problem with Cherry? He is on the CBC payroll and is probably better known than anyone else on that list. Vgy7ujm 02:58, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

1940-58 logo & Newfoundland[edit]

Seen on this page, the logo said to have been used between 1940 and 1958 includes Newfoundland coloured as if to include it in the Canadian federation. However, Newfoundland was joined to the federation in 1949. Does anyone know if, before 1949, the logo did not colour Newfoundland? --Liberlogos 06:55, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

I'd suggest that the colour of Newfoundland on the logo mirrors the red or pink that Canadian (and British) maps of the day used for all of the British Empire. Both Canada and Newfoundland would have been the same colour on those maps in the 1940's and 50's. So the logo isn't suggesting that Newfoundland is part of Canada, just part of the "Empire".

The logo designer probably felt that the map would look odd without NL and that it was almost a part of Canada, so he bent the facts slightly and included it. Vgy7ujm 02:58, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

All night programming[edit]

This is probably not worth mentioning in the article but CBC has started to be on-air 24/7. Was there any announcement made whether this is permanent or not? I've only noticed that this was the case a couple of weeks ago.

Privately owned stations and publicly conducted edit wars[edit]

Could we possibly hash this one out here on the talk page rather than lapsing into an edit war over it? Thanks. Bearcat 23:11, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Rewrite for style, 2006.11.22[edit]

I did a paper-edit and a rewrite for style. I changed not many facts. As ever when someone edits an entire article, the advice is to remain calm. Not only can you revert the whole thing, which would be imprudent based on the improvements I made, you can reverse anything you can demonstrate warrants reversal.

Redundancies removed[edit]

  • Linking Canada "from east to west to north” (and previous graf).
  • “Today, the CBC operates several radio, terrestrial television and cable television networks, in both English and French, as well as a number of Aboriginal languages in the North.”
  • “The CBC’s radio networks do not air commercial advertising.” Moved similar sentence up.
  • “The September 11, 2001 attacks and key events surrounding them”: Already mentioned.
  • “The language barrier, in addition to other cultural differences, keeps viewers from tuning to American channels in as large numbers as in English-speaking Canada.”
  • CMG “represented on-air, production and administrative personnel in those territories” and we only have to be told once.

Requests for repair[edit]

  • NWI: Contradiction between “Newsworld International (or NWI), an American cable channel which rebroadcast much of the programming of CBC Newsworld” and “However, the CBC continued to program NWI, with much of its programming simulcast on the domestic Newsworld service.” Can someone fix?
  • Need confirmation on second logo: “The version shown here was used by Radio-Canada, while the CBC used a version with the legends transposed.” Proof? Photo?
  • “Nonetheless, some personalities, chiefly journalists and particularly in foreign news bureaux, appear on both English- and French-language networks”: I know it’s true, but can someone come up with a list?
  • What is the Unicode character in Gwichʼin? Why isn’t it an apostrophe? (You’d think I’d know this, but I don’t.)
  • “and recently announced plans to buy the outstanding majority (82%) of Documentary Channel, pending CRTC approval.” OK, what does the 82% refer to? The amount CBC didn’t own before the announced acquisition or the amount it will own afterward?
  • “ADR Database, a tri-medial project”: “Tri-medial” isn’t a word. What does this refer to? Removed provisionally.
  • Source, please: “The head of the CBC and the commissioners of the CRTC are all selected by the Prime Minister, causing some private broadcasters to suspect favouritism for the CBC.”
  • Need more rigour in italicizing French network names and leaving English ones in roman. I caught most of those.
  • Much less use of “as well,” please. Just use “and” or write two sentences.
  • “Accusations of bias” section should go somewhere else, but I don’t quite know where.
  • Perhaps terms like “CBC Newsworld” and “crown corporation” are linked too many times.


  • Removed mediumwave, which was immediately explained as being “AM radio” anyway.
  • No longer true: Public funding “amounts to more than twice the corporation’s total advertising revenue.” Removed while I look up the reference from Rabinovitch in the last two weeks.
  • Removed “www.” prefixes of titles of Web sites; added capitalization.
  • Removed “Ironically, INdTV has met with producers of the CBC program ZeD, which is similar in format to Current’s proposed programming,” as it doesn’t seem relevant, encyclopædic, or backed up by a citation.
  • I’m sorry, but while CBC may wish the title of The Fifth Estate to be written entirely in lower case, they cannot have their way any more than “kd lang” or “KISS” might.
  • We’re not going to call Tony Burman the Editor in Chief. He isn’t the prime minister. We’re just going to call him Tony Burman.
  • Changed bit about Sirius carriage of radio channels to talk only about the U.S., the subject of the section in question.
  • CBC and CRTC are not per se government-controlled.
  • CBC Watch does not criticize only the “liberal bias” of CBC. It reprints any article critical of CBC (even my analysis of captioning failings).
  • Removed bold in Nicknames section.
  • “Canadian Broadcorping Castration” is a spoonerism and has been linked as such.
  • Added notation (M) to major news bureaux (and I love that spelling; let’s keep it). Under accessibility guidelines, it isn’t recommended to use font changes of this sort for significant meaning differences. (Bold is still there, though.)
  • Frontier Coverage Package could use a rewrite and better integration. I don’t quite understand the “Package” part.

I stopped before the “Presidents” section. – joeclark 18:44, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Coverage discription of 2006 Biennial Liberal Convention[edit]

Not sure how to provide a varifiable source for this, but CBC has been erroneously discribing the Biennial Liberal Convention (CBC coverage Nov 29-Dec 1) as the Liberal Leadership Convention. The Liberal Leadership Convention only begins on Dec 2. Could or should, anyone (with a source), add this to the article? GoodDay 19:52, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

See my reply at Talk:CTV television network. — stickguy (:^›)— || talk || 20:16, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
Agreed. GoodDay 20:28, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Article title[edit]

Can I suggest this article be change to reflect its bilingual corporate status: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada ? Its trivial but as a Brit only having the English name confers a English biased viewpoint and doesn't take into account that Radio-Canada also has non-sports programming worthy of being included in this article, not just on the Télévision de Radio-Canada article.

[[Neasden Villa 21:49, 15 January 2007 (UTC)]]

Oppose. It's already on, which is the correct Francophone title. Having bilingual titles in English Wikipedia, even for proper names, would be too onerous in my opinion. pbryan 23:43, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
I have to agree with pbryan here; generally, the rule on Wikipedia is to always use the simplest title possible that doesn't conflict with other things (that latter clause being why we can't just bump this down to "CBC"). It's perfectly legitimate for this article to provide an overview of all CBC/SRC operations in both English and French, but the most appropriate title on en: is Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, while the French name is the most appropriate title on fr: And furthermore, the French title does exist on en: as a redirect to this one. Bearcat 02:27, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm on side with pbryan here too. In English WP, we can use English terms. I wouldn't expact to see Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada as an article name on, any more than I would here. If the viewpoint appears biased, PLEASE feel free to fix it. WP:BIAS should have everyone's attention.  :-)  ◉ ghoti 03:42, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

The article on the BBC uses the short form, so why can't CBC? Alx xlA 00:20, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Because British Broadcasting Corporation is the primary meaning of BBC. Not the same for CBC. Facts707 (talk) 20:37, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps along the lines of SRG SSR idée suisse, we could use the name CBC/Radio-Canada here. -- Denelson83 08:00, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
"CBC" means other things in addition to the Canadian broadcaster, such as the pretty basic medical term complete blood count. BBC has no other meanings that are significant enough to challenge the British broadcaster for primary title status. It's not bias; it's simple disambiguation rules. Bearcat 00:40, 1 July 2007 (UTC)


I understand the rationale for lining up the logos, but now I need to scroll the page horizontally on a 1024x768 screen. This seems a bit unreasonable to me. Anyone else experiencing the same thing? pbryan 02:32, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

I seem to recall hearing, in the 1990s or early 2000s that the CBC paid a very large sum of money for a consultant to 'redesign' their logo, but the consultant simply advised them to keep the classic one. I haven't been able to track down any info on this - was this simply a Canadian urban legend, or did it actually happen? Is it referring to the 1992 redesign, and if so, does anyone know how much was spent? (talk) 17:17, 10 June 2008 (UTC)CBC

Frontier Coverage Package[edit]

I have a reliable newspaper source ("Microwave Hook-Up Gives North Live TV", Winnipeg Free Press, April 29, 1969, p. 28) that says Lynn Lake, Manitoba had a Frontier Coverage Package station as early as September, 1967. However, the article states that:

The first FCP station was started in Yellowknife in 1967, the second in Whitehorse in 1968.

So the Whitehorse station couldn't possibly be the second. --Jimj wpg 08:47, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Make the change in the article, and cite the newspaper story. -- Denelson83 17:49, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
I guess there should be a distinction between a FCP station that is a primary transmitter like the Whitehorse and Yellowknife stations, and the retransmitters like Lynn Lake, Manitoba. Just figuring out how to word this. --Jimj wpg 22:29, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
Thing is, an FCP only had a video playback machine and a transmitter, not a microwave signal receiver. -- Denelson83 08:22, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Logo construction[edit]

I've put together a construction sheet for the CBC logo used between 1974 and 1992, if anyone is interested. -- Denelson83 08:49, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

International carriers[edit]

Can someone explain why no major cable or satellite company in the US carries the CBC? Is it due to legal restrictions ala those that prevent the Voice of America from being beamed home or is it just some sort of gross oversight/unwillingness to sit through a screening of Trailer Park Boys? MrZaiustalk 18:49, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

If you RTFA, you'll notice that many cable companies in the US near the Canadian border do indeed carry a CBC station. -- Denelson83 19:08, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

Public opinion of the CBC[edit]

The article claims that 92% of the Canadian population considers the CBC to be an essential service, but the CBC is constantly mocked by many Canadians. Then again, many Canadian magazines and newspapers view the CBC in a favourable light. The whole issue is very confusing. Maybe it's just like our proud Canadian tradition of poking fun at our public health care system, but saying "Heck No!" to U.S. style private health care. The Legend of Miyamoto (talk) 01:52, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

It's very common to mock and make fun of powerful institutions that have a lot of influence in daily life, and yet completely blanch at any suggestion that said institution should actually be eliminated. Though Canadians are certainly expert practitioners of this particular art, it's not a uniquely Canadian trait. Bearcat (talk) 17:33, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Budget etc?[edit]

Does anyone know what the CBC budget is? And how much is publicly funded and how much private ad revenue there is? I think that is a pretty important part of the picture that should be in the article. Also where the budget goes (ie radio, TV etc) TastyCakes (talk) 18:07, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

The budget is found on it's radio-canada website. (I haven't logged on to Wikipedia in a year, do we delete accounts now?) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:41, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

NOT the oldest broadcast service[edit]

The second paragraph in the article is completely incorrect. Broadcasting existed in Canada well before the CBC turned up in 1936. CFCF radio in Montreal received a license in 1919, initially operating under the call letters XWA. Lots of other radio stations popped up as well. Neither was the CBC the first national broadcaster. Canadian National Railways networked its Montreal and Ottawa stations in 1923, and had linked 20 stations into a national network in 1927. The CNR sold this network in 1933 to the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission which later turned them over to the CBC.

OttawaMediaGuy (talk) 23:32, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Oldest one that still exists. Bearcat (talk) 01:06, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
And CFCF was not a national service. -- Denelson83 03:11, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Copy-edits, 2008.08.30[edit]

I printed out the article and did copy-edits from top to bottom.

  • Bold and Documentary get capitals. We don’t have to follow nonsensical corporate orthography, especially for confusing common nouns.
  • Canadian spellings regularized (not “regularised”; also program).
  • Better use of dashes and “to” in date ranges.
  • Some redundancies removed (we already know most radio stations use FM now, so don’t say it twice).

These still need fixing, chiefly with attributions or sources:

CBC Radio is considered by many Canadians to be undergoing a “dumbing down” of the programing content[who?]. ‘‘Sounds Like Canada’’, ‘‘Go’’ and ‘‘Freestyle’’ are commonly cited in this argument.

The main objective has been to provide a service to the Canadian public that cannot be achieved by importing American programming. This has changed the public’s perception in a wide range of subjects including health and natural history. By maintaining an enviable high standard, the CBC has also defined a quality in news coverage that the private broadcasters have not been able to reach. In addition, the export of some CBC programs such as Little Mosque and Da Vinci’s Inquest, has meant that the cultural impact of the CBC has been experienced world-wide. [Seems like a statement of opinion.]

CBC television’s U.S. viewers appreciate CBC’s news programs including The National and The Fifth Estate; comedy programs including Royal Canadian Air Farce, The Red Green Show and This is Wonderland; and British programs Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and the 2005 series of Doctor Who, which aired on CBC before it did in the U.S. [Seems like more opinion.]

The CB_T stations now have different CB- callsigns, many beginning with CBE-. [I left one of these in, but the use of underscore to mean wildcard character seems a bit recherché.]

It's also wrong; the only stations that use CBE- are the ones in Windsor. The statement isn't really salvageable — even if rewritten, it's just plain false — so I wouldn't worry about the recherchéness of it. Bearcat (talk) 22:04, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Note: PBS in the United States is not in the same category of national broadcasters; it is a non-profit cooperative of independent public stations, not a government-funded broadcaster. [Unpublished note in original]

There's no rule against using hidden notes to clarify why an edit that's frequently added to the article by non-regular editors shouldn't be. In fact, it's standard practice when necessary. Bearcat (talk) 22:04, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
Excessive italics necessary, Bearcat? – joeclark (talk) 02:20, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Also, which union went on strike in summer 1981?

Most of your edits are ones I completely agree with, so thanks. But as I mentioned, it's standard practice to use hidden notes to discourage people when there's a consistent pattern of adding bad or false information to an article (see also Belinda Stronach for another example where it's proved ridiculously necessary), so there's no particularly compelling reason for your last edit. Also, nothing in WP:MOS mandates or encourages the use of “curly quotation marks” rather than "plain ones" — in fact, MOS actively encourages the use of straight quotation marks: "The exclusive use of straight quotes and apostrophes is recommended. They are easier to type in reliably, and to edit. Mixed use interferes with searching (a search for Korsakoff's syndrome could fail to find Korsakoff’s syndrome and vice versa)."
Fix the search engine. Anyway, if you want neutral quotes, go and put them back. Be bold, Bearcat. – joeclark (talk) 02:22, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
Otherwise, thanks for cleaning up some awfully WP:NPOV stuff. Bearcat (talk) 22:13, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
You’re welcome. But this full comment is in the wrong place. – joeclark (talk) 02:22, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Any particular reason you're feeling the need to be snarky with me about this? Bearcat (talk) 02:53, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

How is the CBC not State Run?[edit]

I put in that the CBC is a "state run" Canadian crown corporation. Someone reverted it stating that "CBC is NOT state run". It's run by the state. It's funded by the state. It's owned by the state. How is it not "state run"? (Frozenhotdogs (talk) 02:40, 22 December 2008 (UTC))

It seems like "state run" is unnecessary excess verbiage which is an attempt to describe all crown corporations. It adds nothing specific to the description of the CBC. One can click through to the crown corporation page to determine the nature of crown corporations. (talk) 16:25, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

The phrase "state run" inherently implies that the government is directly involved in the day-to-day operations. Which it isn't, in this case; while it's owned by the federal government it operates as an arms-length agency which the government does not have direct operational or editorial control of. Bearcat (talk) 22:51, 18 July 2009 (UTC)

CBC and Gay rights[edit]

Has the CBC ever taken a favourable position on the gay rights movement ? I looked on Google and I found several articles suggesting that it did. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] ADM (talk) 03:34, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Other than the fact that Lifesite is a biased and unreliable source, I think you'll find that as a large media corporation, the CBC is no different from NBC, PBS, ABC or ITV in terms of its ability to take an "official" position on a political issue. Just because a television network happens to air one documentary film that presents LGBT people in a way that Lifesite doesn't agree with doesn't mean that the network has an official "position" on the issue — television doesn't work that way. Bearcat (talk) 05:55, 23 March 2009 (UTC)
Anyways, I found a similar pattern on the French version of CBC (Radio-Canada). In 1966, the Radio was accused by a Sherbrooke priest of being led by a pro-homosexual cabal, believe it or not. In any case, I don't believe in the notion of an unbiased source, since the Der Stürmer newspaper was considered un-biased under the Nazi regime merely because it was well-connected and institutional enough. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] ADM (talk) 06:52, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Role in the Quiet Revolution and Quebec separatism[edit]

Another notable point would be to mention the CBC's role in the Quebec Quiet Revolution in the early 1960s, where many television producers and writers played a major role in cultural and social change in the province. One of the most famous news presenters at the time was René Lévesque, who would later become the leader of the Parti Québécois. ADM (talk) 21:03, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Oldest Broadcasting Service[edit]

First sentence needs clarification - "CBC is the oldest existing broadcasting service in Canada" - There are broadcasting services, even public ones, that predate the CBC (e.g. CKUA_Radio_Network) - although these are not national in scope. Perhaps it should read "CBC is the oldest broadcasting service in Canada with national scope"? ( (talk) 16:33, 1 April 2009 (UTC))

fr:Société Radio-Canada

Is CBC on Dish Network/DirecTV?[edit]

Any hope of seeing it? Perhaps We should include in the article what services carry it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:25, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Alleged liberal bias[edit]

I removed the section on liberal bias as there didn't appear to be significant coverage in reliable sources, per WP:NOTABILITY. Blogs and editorials won't cut it. -M.Nelson (talk) 05:48, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Logos lack the originality[edit]

When you look at some of the images on the Wikimedia Commons, the CBC Television 2009, CBC and Radio-Canada logos might not meet the copyright threshold of originality. mechamind90 22:18, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

1991 Broadcasting Act[edit]

The article contains a mandate it says is set out in the 1991 Broadcasting Act. Does anyone know where in the act this mandate is stated? I couldn't find it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:22, 1 February 2012 (UTC)


Why does Radio-Canada redirect here instead of Télévision de Radio-Canada? CanadianJudoka (talk) 05:33, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

In French, the CBC (as an organization) is commonly known as Radio-Canada.  █ EMARSEE 01:34, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
Yes, but they're actually separate organizations in many ways, and this article doesn't really address that.CanadianJudoka (talk) 01:46, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

'Allegations of liberal bias' vs 'Allegations of bias in favour of the Liberal Party'[edit]

I've changed this heading to the latter because the prose and sources specifically reference the Liberal Party of Canada. The word 'liberal' on its own and uncapitalized refers to liberal ideology, not the Party. CanadianJudoka (talk) 15:40, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

Reverted, and the new text has been removed, because of concerns of relevance. The source stated that she did not believe that the alleged bias was intentional, which makes one wonder what the point of including it is. --Ckatzchatspy 16:46, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
Please take a look at the recent history of the article so that you understand the context of this discussion. The paragraph and reference to the Vote Compass article was added by someone else yesterday. I edited it to remove its politically motivated misrepresentation, and I am the one who added the note that Kathy Brock did not believe that the bias was intentional. The article did indicate that bias had been alleged, however, even if one of the people interviewed for the article did not believe that bias was intentional, so I decided that the paragraph was relevant to the section. The title of that section is separate issue, and your response does not address my explanation for changing it. The content of the section still only refers to the Liberal Party, not liberalism in general, so could you please explain why the title of the section should reference liberal ideology? CanadianJudoka (talk) 17:40, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
And, as you can see in the most recent edits, the same person has now added the paragraph again, now slightly less biased, but still more biased than my edited version. CanadianJudoka (talk) 20:03, 27 September 2012 (UTC)


Rather than having the infobox state that the owner of the CBC is the "Government of Canada", the entry in that field should get straight to the point and express that the owner of the Crown corporation is the Canadian sovereign. Federal Crown corporations aren't owned by the Government of Canada—the executive—alone; Crown corporations are created by act of parliament (the Queen-in-parliament) and must report to it via a minister in Cabinet (the executive; the government; the Queen-in-Council); the federal government actually has little control over Crown corporations. Crown corporations are thus owned by the state—"They are wholly owned by the state but operate at arm's length from government"[12]—which, in Canada, is synonymous with "the Crown" and personified by the monarch. Of course, Elizabeth doesn't own the CBC in a personal capacity; it isn't her private property. Rather, it is owned by her as the legal embodiment of the state; it cannot be sold or dissolved without the proper constitutional approval of her parliament and ministers. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 02:01, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

If the Queen owns the CBC, she's not taking very good care of it. Who holds the purse strings? The Government of Canada. It's a very short arm. Yeah, there's a lot of colonial baggage and symbolism, but if Harper nominates himself President tomorrow, the CBC would still be a creature of the government (until sold off!). It's the Government of Canada that owns the CBC, wearing the Halloween mask of the Queen. It's simpler to say what the actual power relationship is than paying excessive attention to the masks and symbols. --Wtshymanski (talk) 14:16, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
I went to some length to explain how Crown corporations are not "creature[s] of the government" (and that's assuming "the government" is meant as "the executive"; there are multiple meanings to "government" in Canada, which only compounds the problem of indicating the owner of any Crown corporation is "the government"). Talk of "colonial baggage" is misinformed and irrelevant (though it may be colouring your opposition to acknowledging the facts about Canada's governmental structure and the ownership of Crown corporations).
Peregrine981 has offered an intriguing solution, though I don't think it's ideal. I won't go into why, but I do believe it's important to clarify that it's the Crown in Right of Canada that owns the CBC, as opposed to, say, the Crown in Right of Alberta or Nova Scotia. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 15:12, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
As has already be explained to you, your Queen (Elizabeth II) does not own the CBC. Like all state owned property in Canada. it is owned by The Crown (of Canada). This is an entity distinct from the actual person sitting under it. The actual management of the CBC, day to day, like all Crown owned assets, is handled by her government on her befalf (or in practice by a management team appointed by her government on her behalf). The Queen (in her capacity as The Crown) could, at least in theory, attempt to dictate management policy, but in practice does not do so leaving it to her government. Your prime minister could not nominate himself president tomorrow because that would require an act of the Canadian parliament which should be refused the royal assent under such circumstances. You really should find out how your own country works before editing your own misconceptions into articles.
If anyone is really bothered about ownership being shown as "The Crown", then you could easily substitute "State Owned" - it means the same thing. DieSwartzPunkt (talk) 15:30, 6 December 2012 (UTC) (Former servant of The Crown)
The last part is technically true (see the opening paragraphs of Crown corporations of Canada). However, "the state" is more ambiguous than the individual who personifies the state; there's no confusion about who the sovereign is. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 16:05, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
I think that the present wording (which I borrowed from BBC), is good enough for a summary table. The bracketed (publicly owned) should help with readers who are not familiar with the legal status of the crown. If you look at Australian Broadcasting Corporation, it simply says "Commonwealth of Australia", which I would take to be rather less accurate. Peregrine981 (talk) 16:26, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

The section "Issues covered extensively by the CBC"[edit]

This section, which is currently devoted solely to Temporary Foreign Worker controversies seems unnecessary. The CBC was not involved in the issue except in covering it. News organizations cover stories, that is their job. Sometimes some of them cover an issue more than others or are the first to do so. There are some cases where an issue likely deserves significant mention in a news organizations' article, such as Watergate for The Washington Post. These issues however need to have a significant long-term effect on the organization. Could I get consensus to delete the section? Samuell Lift me up or put me down 01:27, 16 December 2013 (UTC)


@Wtshymanski: The problem is overcategorisation: Category:Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is already part of Category:State media.    FDMS  4    19:01, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Once again I am tripped up by the locgical and clearly thought out categorization system. Thanks. --Wtshymanski (talk) 19:06, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Cultural significance[edit]

The Cultural significance section starts with two roughly identical sentences about how the CBC's significance is in decline compared to earlier times. This is a bizarre way to start a historical section documenting the CBC impact on culture over time. This section needs to be re-worked, as it's reverse-chronological of some strange reason.__ E L A Q U E A T E 08:56, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

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Not even a mention? Handling of complaints re: sexual harassment[edit]

Should this article not at least mention the CBC's handling of sexual harassment complaints, re: Jian Ghomeshi? CBC has been the focus of much media coverage in this respect, most recently yesterday.


  • From the Kathryn Borel article: Borel was critical of the CBC for its handling of her initial complaint about Ghomeshi's behavior. "When I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that, yes, he could do this and, yes, it was my job to let him," she told the assembled media representatives.[14] The CBC apologized to Borel publicly, on May 11, the second such apology by the Corporation. In a statement, head of public affairs Chuck Thompson said, "What Ms. Borel experienced in our workplace should never have happened and we sincerely apologize...".[15] Peter K Burian (talk) 13:24, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Be WP:BOLD and add a short discussion. I would argue that you might want to read WP:RECENT and WP:NPOV, but a paragraph should be added. Walter Görlitz (talk) 14:41, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your note; I have added a section about the criticism of the CBC's handling of sexual harassment complaints. Peter K Burian (talk) 19:31, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Inadequate source[edit]

Source number 11 seems to no longer exist. I think there is something wrong with the link. I also think it would be worth mentioning that there are 3 board of director seats that haven't been filled. Faf120 (talk) 05:57, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

References that no longer exist is an easy problem. The most common solution is to see if you can find the source, as I did. I googled for broadcast act Canada and found the page. I updated the reference. We also have an article, Broadcasting Act (1991), that links to the current act. If I could not have found it the article, we mark it as dead using {{dead link}}.
As for the board of directors, if you have a source that supports the statement, add it to the article where it discusses the board. Walter Görlitz (talk) 15:56, 9 April 2017 (UTC)