A huge thanks to those who joined us on Monday, May 7th for the interactive live-video-stream of our ReimagineCBC.ca public forum! We brought together seasoned professionals, up-and-coming CBC talent, outside experts, media innovators, and citizens in a celebratory event that added new energy to the CBC and helped to articulate a fresh vision for public media. Further details about the event can be found here.

Reimagine CBC is a collaborative brainstorming forum...

As digital technology is breaking old business models, it is also enabling new forms of participation in our culture, economy and governance. Perhaps most importantly, it’s connecting Canadians as never before. Public media organizations have a mandate to serve citizens, and this puts them in a unique position to add value and opportunity in this period of change.

The CBC is in the process of conducting a major strategic review both internally and through outside regulators. The question is, who will shape the CBC of the future? We think Canadians should. To add your idea to the forum,hit the “I have an Idea!” button on the right, or make a post on social media via Facebook or Twitter. And don't forget to vote for your favourite ideas below.

We'll be facilitating the discussion, bringing the best ideas to the CBC and engaging with decision-makers to turn your ideas into reality. Join a community of Canadians working to reimagine the CBC, and make it yours!

**PLEASE NOTE: This project is not officially affiliated with the CBC in any way, but we're optimistic our input will be valued and well received.

Environmental forum

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Your rating: None (25 votes)
City/Town: 
Ladysmith, BC
Categories: 
Better Canadian content

Hi. I would like to see a forum about the protection from, and work about reducing, global warming. Read more »

Keep Government Accountale

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Categories: 
More openness

CBC needs to be free to criticize government policies as they see fit without being threatened with funding withdrawals. No freedom of speech, no democracy!

Broaden the CBC's political spectrum

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Your rating: None (98 votes)
City/Town: 
Toronto
Categories: 
Other

The CBC needs to focus on broadening its target audience to include all of Canada. It has generally done a better job of representing the Canadian left, and the eastern half of the country. If having a free public broadcaster is so important for democracy, right wing Canadians should share in that benefit as well. Otherwise they will be driven into the arms of Sun media. The Conservative government wouldn't be going after them if their base out west didn't agree with their stance. Read more »

Toronto is only one region!

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Your rating: None (75 votes)
City/Town: 
Burnaby
Categories: 
More regional presence

At one time the CBC had extensive local presence in the production of its shows on both radio and television. Due to budget cuts over the years most of this activity has been centralized in Toronto. Toronto does not represent Canada and the CBC should restore program creation management and control to all of its regional affiliates across Canada. As a national broadcaster the CBC must truly represent all of us. This means that the huge bureaucracy associated with CBC Toronto needs to be slimmed and its focus and management distributed across the country to truly represent national views.

The New CBC

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Your rating: None (35 votes)
City/Town: 
Orillia
Categories: 
Other

I believe that the CBC should be modelled after the successes of such national broadcasters as the BBC, Australian ABC, France Télévisions and TVNZ.

As part of this, the CBC should do the following things:

1: Change the common name of the French service from "Radio-Canada" to "SRC" ("Société Radio-Canada" being the full name of CBC for it's French serivices, but "Radio-Canada" being most commonly used). Therefore when refered to in both official languages, there will be equal three letter acronyms for the Service. Read more »

Children's Renewal

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City/Town: 
Toronto
Categories: 
Better Canadian content

Canada has a number of excellent children's content development schools, with Toronto being a hub. Instead of relegating children to the back of the CBC priority list, why not renew by engaging young creators to participate and show their work? It doesn't have to just be on television either. Children's content for books and ebooks, music, magazines and games should all be included in a kid-centred, positive and inclusive club.

Make Work as a Public Broadcaster

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Your rating: None (29 votes)
City/Town: 
Coquitlam
Categories: 
More regional presence

A number if changes need to be made to the CBC so that we can identify it as a true public broadcaster.
Both in terms of budgetary commitment and in terms of the product provided, the major problems for the CBC relate to its TV operations. Read more »

be more like Radio 3

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Your rating: None (38 votes)
City/Town: 
Vancouver

Essencially it would be awesome if the entire CBC followed a model like Radio 3 does, with a really interactive relationship between hosts and fans. Also I'm really tired of the CBC airing American programs. It defeats the purpose and we have american stations for that.

Tapestry, The Signal, The Debaters, Radio 2 Drive, Vinyl Tap, Cross Country Checkup, Quebec Am, Q!...

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Your rating: None (17 votes)
City/Town: 
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques

There are so many things I love about the CBC! I love how I feel connected to my whole country, through stories from so many communities, with their distinct yet familiar voices and experiences. CBC radio is my number one and most trusted source of information. The hosts of the shows are people that I would love to meet and are somehow like long-time friends. I love the mix of subtle, quirky humour, the in-depth, thought provoking investigations and the cornucopia of information. And the music. Oh, how I love the music. Read more »

Emulating BBC-style Panel Shows

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City/Town: 
Ottawa
Categories: 
Better Canadian content

Introducing a Canadian version of BBC-style current issues panel shows, where journalists, comedians, politicians and other well known Canadian personalites are brought on to hold a witty, often somewhat politically-incorrect debate on current issues. More popular shows in this vein are Channel 4's "10 O'clock Live," and the BBC's "Mock the Week" and "Have I Got News for You." The format would be similar to a televised version of CBC Radio's "The Debaters." Read more »

Shift TV Programs to Subscription Streaming Model

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Your rating: None (64 votes)
City/Town: 
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

I think a great model would be, in response to the notion of getting rid of CBC TV, would be to create a Netflix style template whereby you could access archived CBC programs (The Hour, The National, a limited backlog of HNIC broadcasts) for a small subscription fee, or free if it's economically viable.

Also, if possible, live streaming for more popular broadcasts on set schedules would retain the participation of those who prefer live television, and retain relevance too for topical and live programming like the National and HNIC. Read more »