Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Reimagine CBC

A new effort that coincides with the Conservatives' renewed attack on the public broadcaster as Parliament has resumed: "Reimagine CBC." Leadnow.ca is driving the idea:
From the digital revolution to political pressure and potential budget cuts, the CBC is under enormous stress and journalism in Canada is in crisis. (Just yesterday, four Conservative MPs tabled petitions in the House of Commons calling for an end to all public funding for the CBC.) [1]

The CBC is changing, and we all have a stake in the outcome. Good public media is good for our democracy and culture, and right now you have a chance to make it yours.

The CBC is unique. It’s the only major media network that is independent from the handful of private companies that control more and more of the content we see and hear. And, since the CBC receives public funding to meet its social mandate, we have a real opportunity to shape its future.

That’s why today we’re launching a new project to ask Canadians from across the country to “reimagine the CBC.” We’ll bring the best ideas to the CBC, and together we’ll work with decision-makers to turn your ideas into reality.
Go check both sites out. Instead of just complaining and reacting to the Conservative plans, this seems like an interesting way to create support for positive alternatives.