Transforming CBC/Radio-Canada for the furture

Thank you for sharing

On May 5th, 2014, we formally asked you to join the conversation and share what you thought about the future of the public broadcaster. Now, with more than 33,000 responses shared from across the country, we want to say Thank you:

Thank you for engaging in the conversation about the future of Canada’s media landcape and CBC/Radio-Canada’s role in it.

Thank you for sharing what is important to you - our listeners, viewers and fellow Canadians.

And thank you for helping us to better serve your needs as we re-imagine ourselves for the future.

Your feedback will help shape the discussion as we look to modernize the public broadcaster and position it to meet your needs far into the future.

We’ve analysed a sample of the comments to capture the general results and primary themes that came through in your feedback. For full transparency, we’ve also posted the answers to our questionnaire in raw form.

Here are some top-line results you might find interesting:

  • 80% of Anglophones and virtually all Francophones (98%) who responded to the questionnaire feel that CBC/Radio-Canada is important. 73% of Anglophones and 91% of Francophones who participated believe that public broadcasters will continue to be important in the future.
  • 42% of Anglophone participants prefer that CBC/Radio-Canada provide the most appropriate regional services into 2020, whether they be online, radio, television, or a combination of all or some, while 38% want continued regional services in all formats (TV, Radio, and Digital).
  • Over half (59%) of Francophones participants want regional services to continue in the same way that we provide them now, while only 5% are in favour of dropping services.
  • 63% of Anglophone and 79% of Francophone participants are willing to pay more than the $29 they currently contribute through their taxes for CBC/Radio-Canada.

It’s important to recognize that these results are not scientific. They don’t reflect the views of all Canadians, or even the demographic spread of the country. What they do reflect is the twists and turns of a very exciting conversation around the future direction of the public broadcaster, one that we hope will continue.

We encourage you to comment on these results and continue the conversation on social media. Post your thoughts on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #cbcfuture.

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