CRTC extends public consultation on CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal

The CRTC is extending the public consultation period on CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal by one week.

The commission says the extension follows the submission of a study on public broadcasters in other jurisdictions, which has been added to the public record of the renewal proceeding.

Canadians are being invited to share their opinions on how CBC/Radio-Canada content relates to reflection, production, accessibility and discoverability, and contribution to democratic life in Canada.

Comments can now be submitted until Feb. 20.

Meanwhile, public broadcaster watchdog FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has released a preview of the results of responses to its survey on how the CBC is performing, collected from 3,000 Canadians.

Among those results, FRIENDS says 91% of survey respondents believe increased funding to the CBC would strengthen Canadian democracy. 99% of respondents also asserted the importance of local news.

The full survey results will be published as part of FRIENDS’ submission to the CRTC.

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