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CBC on the Hot Seat.

The CBC came under heavy fire by members of both the private sector and the public sector, including the Heritage Minister, Sheila Copps. Shortly before hearings began on the renewal of its license, critics called attention to CBC's plans to launch six specialty stations and two radio stations in Canada. The opposition argued there was no way to substantiate taxpayers funding further services for the public broadcaster.

CanWest Global's executive chairman, Izzy Asper, further criticized the CBC for not staying true. to its founding principle -- to broadcast what private broadcasters wouldn't. Asper contested that the CBC used its approximate $1 billion Canadian (US$650 million) of government grants to lure advertisers away from the private sector and acquire the rights to high-cost sporting venues, events that would otherwise be broadcast by channels in the private sector.

Among CBC's plans for the future, released by CBC's President Perrin Beatty are initiatives for a third radio network targeting young people; appropriating $22.4 million Canadian (US$14.62 million) for primetime regional programming and creating an all-news French radio service.
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Title Annotation:Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Publication:Video Age International
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Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Nov 1, 1999
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