The CBC is renewing a number of its licenses for radio and television, but the broadcaster is also asking the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for more flexibility when it comes to its regulatory shackles, which president Hubert Lacroix says don't work in today's fast-paced Internet-driven world.
"We are pleased to make serious regulatory commitments, but we want them to make sense in the current – and in the future – environment," Lacroix said (as reported by The Canadian Press). In addition to these struggles, the CBC is also dealing with a three-year, $115-million budget cut of more than $1 billion. "The financial challenges we face are daunting. But we will meet them. And we will balance our budgets. So, we cannot and will not make commitments that we know we may not be able to fulfil. What we can do is make very serious commitments with respect to key objectives. But we need flexibility. And that is what we have proposed."
The CBC has proposed that they will devote 75 per cent of the broadcasting day and 80 per cent of prime time to Canadian programming on its English-language TV network (CP).