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Mar 13, 2015 — National Post

The CRTC, a body no one understands, regulating TV no one watches by Kelly McParland

Columnist says the CRTC has concluded that, since Canadians are increasingly spending their time on services like Netflix, which has no Canadian Content requirements, it no longer makes sense to force it on television programmers.

Mar 13, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CRTC gets it: Time to make ‘hits’ not ‘shows’ by Irene Berkowitz

Columnist says the announcement that the CRTC is relaxing the rules on Canadian content is a clear sign the Canadian television system needs a reboot, from its 20th-century purpose to ‘correct and protect’ our domestic market, to a 21st-century freedom to ‘send and receive’ seven billion potential viewers.

Mar 13, 2015 — AM 900, CHML HAMILTON

Talking about CanCon on the Bill Kelly Show

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of a CRTC decision to relax Canadian Content requirements on television.  

Mar 12, 2015 — Globe & Mail

CRTC’s new plans: Quality over quantity? Good luck with that by John Doyle

Columnist says the challenge presented by CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is to be better, not entitled.

Mar 12, 2015 — CTV News

CRTC to lower quotas on Canadian content on TV

The country's broadcast regulator is planning to significantly ease rules governing Canadian content on TV -- in hope of boosting the quality of local programming.

Mar 9, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Ad dollars, intercepted – and the Super Bowl

Editorial says that the CRTC should rethink its extremely targeted decision about one annual American program and one Canadian broadcaster.

Mar 7, 2015 — News Article

Free us from the CBC by Lorne Gunter

Columnist takes issue with FRIENDS' goal of making greater funding for the CBC a campaign issue in the upcoming federal election.

Mar 6, 2015 — Canadian Press

Financial news company Bloomberg plans to launch Canadian business TV channel

Financial news and data company Bloomberg LP is getting into Canadian television with a new 24-hour channel aimed at the business community.

Mar 6, 2015 — Toronto Star

CBC internal investigation clears Lang in RBC story by Jacques Gallant

CBC says senior business correspondent Amanda Lang’s journalism adheres to the corporation’s journalistic standards

Mar 6, 2015 — Toronto Star

Behind the scenes of Ontario’s campaign for a Netflix tax by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC is likely to effectively reject what had been an expensive Ontario government campaign to convince the regulator to establish a Netflix tax.

Mar 3, 2015 — Toronto Star

CBC cancels TV drama Strange Empire

The drama was one of several new shows heralded as a return to premium original Canadian content for CBC in the wake of budget cuts and the loss of Hockey Night in Canada.

Mar 3, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

New local group aims to make CBC funding an issue in federal election by Joelle Kovach

The group is called We Vote CBC - Peterborough, and it is a local offshoot of a national campaign to make CBC funding an issue in the forthcoming federal election.

Mar 2, 2015 — Marketing Magazine

Bell Goes to Court to Fight CTRC Decision on U.S. Super Bowl Ads

Media company says banning simsub could cause "real harm" to Canada's broadcasting sector.

Mar 2, 2015 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Plans to Break Into China Market Without Local Partners by Clifford Coonan

Columnist says Netflix is planning to go it alone in its attempt to break into the booming China market, a move that could make it tougher to get into the notoriously difficult China market but ultimately was a more streamlined option.

Mar 2, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

Make CBC an election issue, group urges

The new group We Vote CBC – Peterborough, formed last year after a visit from FRIENDS.

Feb 27, 2015 — Burnaby Now

Burnaby group hosts webcast event with Elizabeth May

Green party leader Elizabeth May will talk about what she would do with the CBC if she was prime minister at an upcoming Burnaby event, hosted by FRIENDS.

Feb 26, 2015 — Straight.com

Watch the anti-Harper ad CBC refuses to air by Miranda Nelson

FRIENDS says all major Canadian TV networks and station owners—Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers, and Shaw—will not run Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that poked fun at Stephen Harper's "hostile agenda" for the CBC.

Feb 26, 2015 — Highland County Press

FCC Commissioners call on chairman to release 332-page Internet regulation plan by Ajit Pai and Mike O'Rielly

FCC Commissioners request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a period of not less than 30 days to study it.

Feb 25, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

Television Networks Reject Friends' TV Spots

FRIENDS says the ads the networks do not want Canadians to see are meant to hold the Harper government to account for the damage it has done to public broadcasting in Canada.

Feb 25, 2015 — Huffington Post Canada

Ad Mocking Harper Over CBC Cuts Rejected By All Networks, FCB Says, But..

FRIENDS says no major TV station owners in Canada are willing to run an ad it has produced criticizing the Harper government for its approach to the CBC.