The arts are one of the key ways that the CBC continues to connect with Canadians.
As the broadcaster’s artistic portfolio grows, so too does its audience.
So, too, does its revenue.
The CBC’s revenue is up in the stratosphere.
In 2016-17, revenue was up 27.3 per cent to $2.2 billion.
This is up from $2 billion in 2016-19, according to the CBC’s latest fiscal year report, which was released Tuesday.
And this includes more than $1 billion of contributions.
The report notes that the broadcaster has been growing revenue for three straight years.
That’s the longest run for any broadcaster.
As of the end of 2016-2017, revenue had increased 27.5 per cent from $1.4 billion in 2015-16 to $1,874 million.
CBC News’s coverage of the arts and culture continues to expand.
We have the best news team in the business.
The newsroom is a great place to work.
I love what I do.
And I think that is important to the work that we do, to the way that we look at stories and to our approach to covering and reporting on the arts.
The arts sector has been a great area for the CBC to focus on, says CBC Chief Operating Officer Peter Gossage.
“Our newsroom has grown from its roots in the 1970s and 80s and is now one of our most valuable assets.
We are in a very competitive environment.”
This is not to say that the arts are always going to be neglected.
Many of the CBCs most popular and beloved programs and programs of note have been the subject of fierce criticism and attacks.
And the arts remain one of CBC’s core competencies.
“The CBC is a vibrant and diverse sector,” says Gossages, who adds that in recent years the broadcaster is adding some of its most talented journalists to its staff.
“We are proud to have been a pioneer in bringing a diverse group of writers to CBC, and that we have continued to support them in the years since.”
In 2016, the CBC made its first-ever major artistic acquisition.
In 2018, it acquired the Canadian Art Gallery in Ottawa, a historic building in downtown Ottawa that houses the National Gallery of Canada.
This year, the agency added two new museums, a theatre and an opera house.
The new museum, The National Gallery, opened in October and the arts centre opened in January.
In March, the government of Ontario announced a new $10-million capital budget for the arts sector, which is a big increase from the $2-billion allocated to the arts in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
As it happens, CBC News’ artistic director is Michael Smith, a former CBC producer who has worked for the BBC and the CBC in London and Washington, D.C. Smith’s current job is with CBC Canada, the broadcaster said in a news release Tuesday.
“He is a global leader in the field of cultural broadcasting, a pioneer of new and innovative journalism, a tireless advocate for Canadian artists and cultural institutions and a champion of the importance of diverse voices in our national conversation,” the news release said.
The budget will help CBC News continue to serve as a media outlet for the world.
It will help it be better at reporting on current events and providing timely analysis on international news and events.
But the budget does not address a major funding shortfall that the organization faces, as CBC News has been reporting on what is becoming known as the “black hole” of the newsroom.
The black hole, as it is called, is the shortfall in the amount of funding for the news division.
In the last fiscal year, CBC reported $8.9 million in black hole funding.
That was down from $11.9 billion in the previous fiscal year and $13.6 billion in 2012-2013.
The problem is that, as the CBC has grown, it has not been able to maintain its current coverage in a timely fashion.
CBC has been relying on a partnership with the National Post, which will provide the National Public Radio station with some of the money that it does not have to cover the news.
The agreement is called the National Press Centre Partnership.
In addition to the funding gap, CBC has not had enough staff to do its job.
According to CBC’s Fiscal Year 2017 financial report, there were 1,837 full-time and part-time journalists in the newsrooms across the country.
In Ottawa, there are 3,912 full- and part, which has been an issue.
In Toronto, there is about 2,600 full-timers, which CBC reported as having been reduced from the previous year.
And in Montreal, there was about 2.1 full-timer, down from 3.1 in the same period last year.
CBC’s new strategy is to focus its efforts on the news teams that are in need of the most help, says Grossage.
In a previous budget, CBC