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We couldn't agree more r1 ... r33 “Trustworthy news lies at the heart of a fully functioning democracy.”

That’s what a report from a federal broadcasting and telecommunications legislative review panel said in a report filed last week.

“The media landscape for news and information is being transformed radically, with significant pressure on the preservation of reliable news sources at the local, regional, national and international level,” the report continued.

We couldn’t agree more.

The panel went on to argue for an expansion of CBC, but said this “transformation” is “somewhat compromised by its continuing reliance on advertising, which necessarily introduces a commercial imperative into its decision-making.”

“A public media institution should pursue a diversity of media content to reflect Canada's own makeup and not focus on programs that are driven by the need to attract advertising revenues,” the report read.

The folks on the panel aren’t the only ones talking about the problem with advertising dollars in the media world. Last week The Guardian announced it will no longer accept fossil fuel advertising. Advertising currently accounts for 40 per cent of Guardian Media Group’s revenue.

This all made us especially proud here at The Narwhal, where we’ve been championing an advertising-free business model since the very beginning. Last year, more than 1,500 readers donated — either as monthly members or one-time donors — to make The Narwhal’s journalism ad-free and accessible to all for free.

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Keep scrolling for all our reader-funded stories this week.

Emma Gilchrist

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