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Former CBC president Lacroix joins law firm

Media | 02/04/2019 12:59 pm EST

Former CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix has joined the business law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as strategic counsel in its Montreal office, according to a press release from Blakes Monday. "The experience that Hubert has acquired in recent years,...

Advisory group named to drive CBC board appointments

Media | 06/20/2017 5:45 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A nine-member panel has been charged with vetting potential appointees to the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors, led by former TV journalist Tom Clark, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced Tuesday. “I am pleased to establish this committee of qualified...

‘Level playing field’ for foreign digital news services: committee

Media | 06/15/2017 4:52 pm EDT

OTTAWA — After a year of study and hearing from 131 witnesses, some of...

CBC must collaborate with OTT competition: Lacroix

Media | 05/23/2017 2:34 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada’s president and CEO Hubert Lacroix said the Crown corporation’s competition comes...

Reform tax laws, tweak CBC to bolster media landscape: PPF

Media | 01/26/2017 5:46 pm EST

Phasing out CBC/Radio-Canada’s sale of digital ads and tweaking tax laws to prevent companies from claiming exemptions for advertising on foreign digital platforms are among the...

Bernier would streamline CBC’s mandate, remove ads as CPC leader

Media | 11/23/2016 9:22 pm EST

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Maxime Bernier said Wednesday that if he is selected as the next leader of the federal Conservative Party and the next Canadian prime minister, he would move...

Ending CBC’s $25M in digital ads won’t help other media: Lacroix

Media | 11/22/2016 5:45 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix has responded to recent statements by the heads of some Canadian newspapers about the public broadcaster competing in the digital advertising space, writing that “limiting what public broadcasting does will only mean fewer services for Canadians.” Last week, the House of Commons standing committee on Canadian Heritage, as part of its study on media and local communities, heard criticism that the public broadcaster and foreign...

CBC execs talk digital shift, competition at Heritage committee

Media | 10/25/2016 9:34 pm EDT

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada has prioritized a shift to digital platforms to reach all Canadians, but ensuring they are able to access those platforms isn’t part of the public...

CBC ‘past the disruption stage’ of strategic plan: Lacroix

Media | 09/27/2016 10:51 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix said during the public broadcaster’s annual meeting in Moncton, N.B., that “27 months after launching our 2020 strategy, we are past the disruption...

New CBC board appointment process coming: Joly

Media | 09/22/2016 3:25 pm EDT

The federal government will unveil a new consultation process for appointing members to the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors “in the next few weeks,” Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly...

CBC ‘can’t stand still,’ Lacroix says on shift to digital

Media | 09/15/2016 9:39 pm EDT

MONTREAL — As technological change accelerates, CBC/Radio-Canada has to keep pace, according to CEO Hubert Lacroix, who said Thursday “we can’t think of the...

CRTC tells CBC to drop ads on Radio 2, ICI Musique

Media | 08/31/2016 8:14 pm EDT

The end of August also marked the final day CBC/Radio-Canada could broadcast national advertising on its Radio 2 and ICI Musique stations, following a CRTC decision denying a request to extend their ability to air ads for another...

Monique Marcotte to take over as CBC people and culture VP

Media | 08/30/2016 4:23 pm EDT

Josée Girard, CBC/Radio-Canada’s vice-president of people and culture, is leaving the public broadcaster after a year in the job, and will be replaced by Monique Marcotte,...

CBC funding to destroy ‘precarious balance’ in industry: Que. broadcasters

Media | 05/25/2016 8:37 pm EDT

A group of Quebec broadcasters say that unless accountability measures are put in place, the increased funding the federal government has slated for CBC/Radio-Canada will be a “blank...

CBC is not private broadcasters’ problem: Lacroix

Media | 05/25/2016 3:32 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada is not the cause of problems facing private broadcasters, CEO Hubert Lacroix said in a speech Tuesday. Speaking at the University of British Columbia, Lacroix said that “at a time when Canadian...

Alex Johnston joins CBC

Media | 02/11/2016 5:19 pm EST

Alex Johnston is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new vice-president of strategy and public affairs, president and CEO Hubert Lacroix told employees in an internal memo. “Alex is a big thinker, and her energy and enthusiasm are what the public broadcaster needs as it builds its future and continues its transformation through Strategy 2020,” Lacroix said in the Jan. 29 memo. She will start the job on Feb. 29 and will be based in Toronto, he added. Johnston was previously executive director at Catalyst Canada, an advocacy group aimed at increasing the presence of women in business. She also held previous positions as executive director of policy for then-Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and a corporate lawyer at Goodmans LLP, Lacroix wrote....

As CBC’s funding increases, will it have to change course?

Media | 01/20/2016 8:04 pm EST

Following last fall’s election, the government is set to boost CBC/Radio-Canada's funding, but when that will happen and under what conditions is unclear. It also remains to be seen whether...

Trudeau tells Bains to boost broadband coverage

Media | 11/13/2015 9:34 pm EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directed Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains to increase “high-speed broadband coverage and work to support competition, choice and availability of...

Another union urges change in CBC leadership

telecom | 11/02/2015 5:45 pm EST

The Canadian Media Guild said in a press release that it has taken “the unprecedented step of publicly declaring our lack of confidence” in Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, and the public...

Radio-Canada union demands Lacroix’s resignation

Media | 10/29/2015 8:12 pm EDT

A union representing French-language employees of CBC/Radio-Canada is demanding the resignation of the public broadcaster's CEO, Hubert Lacroix, and its entire board. The Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC) cited last week's federal election that saw the Liberal party led by Justin Trudeau defeat...

Lacroix calls for ‘discussion’ on whether new tax should fund CBC

Media | 09/29/2015 8:57 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix said Tuesday the public broadcaster is in a financially stable situation despite the loss of advertising revenue from NHL games, but that it must start a “conversation” about alternative funding models, which could include a levy on Internet service providers, or a household fee or tax. Speaking at the broadcaster’s annual meeting, held in Winnipeg and live-streamed online, Lacroix said the CBC would start a “conversation” about the its future, including the broadcaster’s funding. “We’re all going to have to decide how we fund this. ... Because without a robust and stable funding model, all the things that...

Public broadcasters being ‘boiled to death’: Lacroix

Media | 09/17/2015 8:58 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix, speaking at an international conference, said public broadcasters should speak out about how dropping revenues are affecting them. Public broadcasters in...

CBC should ‘explore alternative funding models’: Senate committee

Media | 07/20/2015 9:32 pm EDT

The Senate's transport and communications standing committee is recommending that CBC/Radio-Canada “explore alternative funding models and additional ways to generate revenue to minimize the...

CBC to focus spending on content, Conway says

Media | 02/17/2015 9:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada will emphasize "content over all other expenditures going forward," Heather Conway, the public broadcaster’s executive vice-president of English services, told the Senate's...

Lacroix gets rough ride from CBC employees at annual meeting

Media | 11/19/2014 10:22 pm EST

MONTREAL — CBC/Radio-Canada employees grilled CEO Hubert Lacroix over cuts to the public broadcaster during its annual public meeting in Montreal Wednesday. Radio-Canada journalist...

Olympic rights deal ‘fiscally responsible,’ CBC says

Media | 10/28/2014 7:50 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada says it will either break even or earn a profit on its acquisition of the broadcasting rights for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea and the 2020 Olympics in Japan. During a conference...

CBC plan’s emphasis on mobile not ‘logical’: analyst

Media | 06/26/2014 10:18 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada’s re-focusing of its priorities on its digital and mobile presence is “not a very logical thing to do,” said Barry Kiefl, president of Canadian Media Research Inc....

CBC to outline 5-year plan Thursday

Media | 06/23/2014 7:13 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada will unveil a five-year strategic plan to employees and the general public on Thursday, outlining how it intends to move forward in an era of increasingly limited financial resources. France Bélisle,...

CBC’s Hubert Lacroix talks about lack of money

Media | 05/05/2014 8:23 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix made a speech before the Canadian Club of Montreal on Monday that focused on how crucial a role funding — or rather a lack of it — is playing in the public broadcaster's current problems. Lacroix’s online speaking notes and a CBC press release that went out Monday both said that CBC receives...

CBC chief discussed cable tax to support network

Media | 04/15/2014 5:31 pm EDT

Hubert Lacroix, CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, discussed at last week’s town hall meeting the possibility of having a levy attached to bills of cable- and satellite-TV customers and using that money to support the network. The discussion happened on Thursday, when the public broadcaster announced that more than 650 jobs and $130 million in spending would be cut over the next two years. An article on the website for Sun News quoted Lacroix as saying: “Imagine if in Canada the BDUs decided to give us three or four or five per cent of whatever bottom-line number and they committed to that...

Bigger picture still in question as CBC cuts deep

Media | 04/10/2014 9:53 pm EDT

As CBC/Radio-Canada on Thursday announced another round of job cuts and other reductions throughout its organization, observers expressed impatience over the lack of a fundamentally different vision emerging from the public...

More cuts expected at CBC, meeting Thursday

Media | 04/08/2014 1:59 pm EDT

More job cuts are expected at CBC/Radio-Canada as CEO Hubert Lacroix is scheduled to address all employees at a town hall meeting Thursday, according to a report by the Financial Post. An article that appeared on the Post’s...

Cecil Hawkins appointed to CBC board

Media | 03/10/2014 3:04 pm EDT

Cecil Hawkins, the Toronto executive who heads metal fabricator Canerector Inc., has been appointed to the board of CBC/Radio-Canada, Canadian Heritage announced Monday. Hawkins, president and CEO of Canerector, has been involved...

CBC at ‘forefront’ of digital media: CRTC’s Hutton

Media | 03/06/2014 3:21 am EST

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada has been at the vanguard of changes the broadcasting industry has faced due to the emergence of digital media in recent years, Scott Hutton, the CRTC’s executive...

CBC chief asks for support, flexibility from government

Media | 02/27/2014 3:53 am EST

OTTAWA — The CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada told a Senate committee Wednesday night that he has never asked for “one dollar more” of public money but that the public broadcaster needs government support. Hubert Lacroix told members of the Senate’s transport and communications committee, in a hearing dealing with challenges faced by the CBC, about some of the pitfalls the public broadcaster is facing, such as cuts to government funding and the loss of broadcasting rights to NHL hockey as of next season. Lacroix said that before the end of this calendar year, the broadcaster...

CBC employees are not public servants, Lacroix tells finance committee

Media | 05/23/2013 7:34 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix proposed an amendment to the Conservative government's budget bill that he said would help ensure the broadcaster's independence from cabinet....

CBC receives ‘A’ on ATIP

Media | 12/07/2012 9:20 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada received a grade of “A” from Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault in a report tabled in Parliament Thursday. In a release, CBC said the grade was a “significant improvement” over the “F” it received in the commissioner’s 2009-2010 report. “We had a tough start under Access to...