To the Editor: (re: John Doyle column: “Erin O’Toole’s CBC Plan is Bogus Policy”)

September 03, 2020

Not every letter to the Globe and Mail is published.  Here’s one I sent this week in response to TV critic John Doyle’s defence of Canada’s monolithic semi-private public broadcaster.

To the Editor: (re: John Doyle column: “Erin O’Toole’s CBC Plan is Bogus Policy”)

          The are many logical reasons to remandate, resize and decommercialize CBC English TV, which is why the CRTC is in the midst of its licence renewal process.

           One of the most logical involves the Corporation’s unmandated digital news platforms which threaten the existential quest by Canada’s private sector news organizations to transition themselves to digital survival.

           By diverting as much as $200 million dollars of its billion dollar plus federal funding to what is effectively Canada’s largest digital newspaper, providing free news online, it is doing to struggling newspapers and private broadcaster trying to establish paywalls for their products what Craigslist and Kijiji did to newspapers’ classified advertising.

          Addressing this threat to small town and big city news organizations would be far more logical than the Trudeau government’s selective bailout of failing old technology newsrooms.

                               

Peter Kent MP

Thornhill