Media Advisory - News leaders from BBC, CBC News and National Public Radio discuss the state of public broadcasting

TORONTO, April 7, 2017 /CNW/ - From reimagining the future of flagship shows to managing disruptions in the media ecosystem, news leaders from the BBC, CBC News and National Public Radio (NPR) will discuss the role of news and the public broadcaster in the next CJF J-Talk What To Be or Not To Be: The Public News Broadcaster's Dilemma, in Toronto on April 20.

"As the business models of private newscasters collapse, you'd think their public counterparts would be quietly gloating," says Simon Houpt, senior media writer with The Globe and Mail, who will moderate the discussion. "But they're actually going through their own existential crises. What can the BBC, the CBC and NPR teach each other that might help them all find a renewed raison d'etre?"

The conversation features James Harding, director of news and current affairs for the BBC, Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News and Michael Oreskes, senior vice-president of news and editorial director for NPR.

They will discuss the roles of their organizations in an increasingly fractured, crowded and competitive media environment, balancing relationships with social media platforms, and the experiments they're undertaking to attract new audiences and retain existing ones.

Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), this event is part of the J-Talks series, which explores pressing media issues.

The CJF thanks the generosity of J-Talks series sponsor BMO Financial Group and in-kind supporters CNW and CPAC.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20
Doors open: 5:30 p.m., Discussion 6:00 p.m., Reception 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: TMX Broadcast Centre, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W., Toronto
General admission: $25
Student tickets (ID required. Limited availability): $15
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About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend annual industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speaker's series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

For further information: For inquiries: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396,


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