Beatty, The Hon. Perrin
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Speculation about the CBC's future in the press. CBC welcoming the scrutiny as a critical part of our society re-examining its priorities. The speaker's belief that it is also profoundly important "for a society to know something of its deeper self, to share both its triumphs and defeats, to laugh together one minute and engage in heated debate the next." CBC providing a key link in the process: the transmission of our culture. Dealing with the reality of competing priorities. CBC accommodating to the new realities while continuing to provide Canadians with first-rank public broadcasting: results and announcements of their efforts since April when the speaker came to the CBC. Restructuring. Goals. Operational changes and details of the restructuring. Hope for recommendations and support from the upcoming report of the committee set up by the federal government, under Pierre Juneau, to examine the mandates of the CBC, the National Film Board and Telefilm Canada. The need for the CBC to put their finances in order now. A plan to make major savings within the present mandate and structure. Details of the CBC's new manifesto. The CBC's obligation to provide a truly Canadian perspective on our country and the world. A review of the CBC's programming in English and in French. Incorporating the needs of the radio audience. What the CBC has been doing in and for Canada. What it hopes to continue doing. The massive challenges facing the CBC. Confronting the issues in technology and in the marketplace as private broadcasters do, at a time when the Corporation's public funding is being severely reduced. Not shrinking from the struggle.