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CBC supporters rally outside broadcaster's public meeting in Winnipeg

Supporters of the CBC rallied outside the University of Winnipeg, where the public broadcaster is hosting its national annual public meeting.

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting concerned about funding cuts, programming changes

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Supporters of the CBC rallied outside the University of Winnipeg before the public broadcaster began hosting its national annual public meeting on Tuesday.

The rally, hosted by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, brought together dozens of people who are concerned about funding cuts and programming changes at the CBC.

CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix speaks at the broadcaster's 2015 Annual Public Meeting at the University of Winnipeg on Tuesday. (Meagan Fiddler/CBC)
"CBC is really important to our democracy and it's very threatened," said Pam Lucenkiw.

"I would like to see the government put funding into CBC and reinstate it, bring back the programs."

CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and board chairman Rémi Racine are in Winnipeg for the broadcaster's 2015 annual public meeting, which began at noon.

They are joined by four young local leaders who are creating change in their communities and inspiring others to do the same.

The meeting is being livestreamed this hour. You can watch it here.

Pam Lucenkiw says she wants to see the federal government reinstate funding for the CBC. (Meagan Fiddler/CBC)
Alon Weinberg, who attended the rally before the public meeting, said most of the podcasts he listens to are from the CBC, even though there are many others out there.

"It's not even a relic. It keeps changing and evolving. It's a treasure, a national treasure," he said.

"Culture shouldn't be undermined, because what are we left with without culture and memory and stories and our music? We're left with a corporate, consumption-minded culture and without the CBC, the very tenuous idea of Canada as a country is already that much more weak."

Supporters of the CBC rally on the University of Winnipeg's downtown campus on Tuesday, just before the broadcaster's annual public meeting. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

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