The Mother Corporation is in a bind. It has a mandate to provide Canadians with first-rate Canadian content. The problem is that producing Canadian content is a very expensive proposition. It is much easier and more economical to purchase cheap American shows.
Which begs the question. Should the CBC get more funding from the public purse? As it stands now, the Mother Corp receives $1.2 billion in an operating grant from the feds plus another $125 million from Ottawa. The CBC generates $567 million from advertising as well as commercial enterprises.
So what does it cost the Canadian citizen to fund the CBC? It costs $34.
This compares to $91 for the BBC in Britain. To $42 for the Australian Broadcasting system.
Should the CBC do more Canadian programming?
What are your favourite CBC shows?
Do you watch Peter Mansbridge on the National?
Should the CBC get more taxpayer money?
What do you think?