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News Articles About FRIENDS

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has been supporting Canadian content and making news for many years now. An archive of articles about our organization can be found below.

Jul 28, 2015 — Parksville Qualicum Beach News

CBC supporters will mingle in Parksville Community Park by Carli Berry

Followers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have an opportunity to share their input with local politicians.

Jul 28, 2015 — Edmonton Sun

CBC subsidy still unjustified by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says other Canadian TV channels and radio services do not get the kind of money that flows into the CBC year after year, mostly producing dreadful, dull, preachy, biased or unfunny television that almost no one watches.

Jul 25, 2015 — The Guardian

CBC still plays a role in our lives

FRIENDS says following the Senate Committee's recommendations would render the CBC as nothing more than a “transmitter of programs that are conceived and thought up by private interests.”

Jul 22, 2015 — News Article

Give CBC the support it needs: Editorial

FRIENDS says the Senate Report is all about paring back both the CBC’s scope and budget, and putting it on a shakier footing.

Jul 20, 2015 — iPolitics

Senate report recommends alternative financing models for CBC by Kyle Duggan

Among the report’s twenty-two recommendations, it suggests the CBC should explore “alternative funding models” and additional ways to generate revenue to “minimize the Corporation’s dependence on government appropriations,” and it calls on the CBC to disclose financial information about contracts and salaries.

Jul 7, 2015 — Comox Valley Record

Federal parties converge to man We Vote CBC booth Saturday

On Saturday, July 11, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (Comox Valley contingent) are bringing three federal parties together to work in a spirit of co-operation, manning our "We Vote CBC" booth.

May 12, 2015 — CHEX TV

City residents rally to make the CBC an election issue by Aileen Doyle

Columnist says Peterborough has been chosen as one of twenty riding’s to join a national campaign to save the CBC.

Apr 30, 2015 — The Guardian

Paul Almond obituary by Brian Winston

Paul Almond was a long-time and strong supporter of the work of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 13, 2015 — ChexTV

Effort to make future of CBC an election item ramping up by Jeanne Pengelly

The local Peterborough chapter of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is ramping up its efforts to put the future of the CBC onto the federal-election agenda.

Apr 11, 2015 — Victoria News

Trudeau discusses CBC's future

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will host the public showing of Justin Trudeau’s webcast interview on the federal Liberal Party’s policies and vision for the CBC on April 15.

Mar 27, 2015 — News Article

CBC announces cuts to Atlantic region

FRIENDS Steering Committee member says the CBC board should be speaking out, but "the president serves at the pleasure of the prime minister, rather than at the pleasure of the board."

Mar 20, 2015 — Toronto Star

You’ll get more options, but you might not pay less when it’s all said and done, chairman warns by Sadiya Ansari and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS is concerned about the impact pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 19, 2015 — Toronto Star

Multicultural shows, $25 starter cable may be biggest changes in TV landscape by Sadiya Ansari

FRIENDS is concerned about the effect pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 19, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Rolls Dice on the Future of Canadian Broadcasting says Friends

FRIENDS says the CRTC is rolling the dice on the future of an industry that is crucial to Canada’s cultural sovereignty and generates more than $15 billion in revenue and 66,000 jobs.

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 — 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 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 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 — 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 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.

Jan 29, 2015 — National Post

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems. 

Dec 12, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC News shrinks radio, TV programs by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says at the end of the day, CBC is cutting back on what is most important to Canadians -- local news content.

Dec 11, 2014 — iPolitics

The media, the message and the money by Michael Harris

The CBC refused to run ads produced by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, which criticized the Harper government on a range of issues in a fair, factual and forceful way.

Dec 4, 2014 — Rabble.ca

What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says many thousands of us who love the CBC -- and love to hate some parts of it -- spend a lot of time discussing its future and not doing enough to help save it.

Dec 3, 2014 — National Newswatch

CBC’s Perilous Future as Half Public and Half State Broadcaster by Frances Russell

Ian Morrison of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting warns Canadians that “his (Harper’s) idea of restructuring…would be something along the lines of American Public Broadcasting (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR.)

Sep 19, 2014 — National Post

Get the CBC out of the free market by Terence Corcoran

CBC President Hubert Lacroix, appearing before the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings last week, declares that “in our view” the new Canadian policy for broadcasting “must support” what he calls “market-based solutions to issues rather than regulatory intervention.”

Sep 12, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.