The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The call by the Alliance to privatize the CBC raises some interesting questions about Canada’s future commitment to public broadcasting. Imagine if CBC was sold to Quebecor, backed by Caisse de Dépôt. Or what if BCE merged CTV with CBC to create, say CTC? Considering that CBC TV is Canada’s largest broadcaster, and that it would take a buyer with deep pockets to purchase it, private broadcasters could find themselves facing a new competitive threat. Ironically, the best solution for private broadcasters, viewers and perhaps the CBC itself could be a transformation into a truly commercial-free network with stable and sufficient government funding. Ottawa has taken a first step by requiring CBC to Canadianize its schedule. But the short-term effect of that decision has been to leave the broadcaster with virtually no popular U.S. shows to draw in audiences. In contrast, private networks, backed by the simultaneous substitution rule, rely on popular US programs to bring in advertising dollars, which are then used to subsidize Canadian productions. As well, the private networks are increasingly getting access to public dollars through subsidies and grants, such as the Canadian Television Fund. After the CBC had its guarantee to half of the monies in the CTF withdrawn, the public broadcaster is estimated to have lost 13%, or $26 million, of fund money it would previously have gotten to subsidize Canadian productions. The CBC’s continued reliance on both advertising dollars and government funding is an on-going irritant to the private networks. During the CBC licence renewal hearings, the private broadcasters argued that the CBC should not be allowed to run Hollywood blockbusters commercial free. Quebecor said the CBC shouldn’t broadcast National Hockey League games. As hybrid broadcaster that relies on both advertising and hefty government funding for its continued existence, the CBC can’t win. If doesn’t get sufficient public money to deliver on its mandate, perhaps privatizing CBC Television isn’t such a bad idea after all.