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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.

Apr 16, 2014 — Canadian Press

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS questions whether the public broadcaster could have done more to avert its financial woes.

Apr 15, 2014 — News Article

657 jobs cut at cash-strapped CBC

The English Services cuts include about 100 regional jobs, approximately 62 positions from revenue and sales operations, 38 from operations/technology, 34 in communications and marketing, and 12 from radio/music.

Apr 11, 2014 — Chronicle Journal

A way forward for the CBC

FRIENDS says that while the public broadcaster remains essential in the Canadian media landscape, it hasn’t done enough to contend with the cuts it’s already endured let alone prepare for new ones.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

In 2012, a CBC 'Hockey Nightmare in Canada' foretold? by Robyn Smith

FRIENDS says there's no way the CBC could absorb the financial shortfall caused by losing hockey and the federal budget cuts without laying off employees.

Apr 10, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

657 jobs cut at cash-strapped CBC

FRIENDS is concerned over the public broadcaster's scaled-back regional coverage, warning the move will centralize operations to the detriment of the rest of the country.

Apr 10, 2014 — National Post

CBC may cut roughly 600 positions on Thursday, lobby group says by Christine Dobby

FRIENDS says The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation could be facing layoffs in the range of 600 positions as it grapples with a financial shortfall of $130-million to $150-million.

Apr 10, 2014 — Metro News

Canada now a ‘less-informed nation’: CBC cuts 657 jobs by Sam Smith For Metro

CBC, the nation’s sole public broadcaster, is losing 657 of its staff over the next two years and will no longer be pursuing national sports broadcasting rights.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

CBC cuts jobs – sports coverage will be slashed

FRIENDS is concerned about CBC's scaled-back regional coverage, and warns the move will centralize operations to the detriment of the rest of the country.

Apr 10, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC cuts 657 jobs to cope with $130 million shortfall

The public broadcaster announced Thursday it would no longer compete for the rights to broadcast professional sports and cancelled planned expansions into new regions.

Apr 10, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Watchdog group charts CBC’s funding decline over the decades

Adjusted for 2104 dollars CBC’s parliamentary appropriation plunged by more than $400 million, from $1.64 billion to $1.19 billion, between 1994-95 and 1997-98.

Apr 10, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 8, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC faces more cuts this week, watchdog warns

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting warns of layoffs and cuts to CBC programming.

Feb 4, 2014 — Edmonton Sun

CBC warns of 'dark clouds' ahead, as supporters ramp up call for additional money by Daniel Proussalidis

FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison tells a Senate committee that the CBC needs an extra $100 million per year over the next four years.

Feb 4, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC's Hubert Lacroix: 'Dark Clouds' On Broadcaster's Horizon

FRIENDS urges the Transport and Communications Committee not to abandon the CBC, and denies that the Internet is making the CBC irrelevant.

Dec 26, 2013 — Straight.com

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's Ian Morrison recalls the fight against Bill C-60 to defend CBC by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS has promised to take on Stephen Harper next year "for the damage he has done to the CBC".

Dec 15, 2013 — Yahoo! News Canada

Year in Review 2013: Top five Canadian political ads of 2013 by Andy Radia

FRIENDS TV ad, "The Man Behind the Desk" is selected as one of the top political ads of 2013 by Yahoo! Canada.

Dec 3, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Ad that depicts Harper as the Godfather enrages anti-defamation group by Simon Houpt

The New Jersey-based Italian-American One Voice Coalition (IAOVC) is accusing FRIENDS of using ugly stereotypes in an ad depicting Stephen Harper as a Godfather figure who deploys Mafia thugs to silence journalists.

Dec 2, 2013 — Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition

Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition calls on Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to halt TV commercial stereotyping Italian Americans

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition takes issue with The Man Behind the Desk, FRIENDS' satirical television ad.

Nov 28, 2013 — Toronto Sun

No bailout for CBC, Prime Minister's Office says by Daniel Proussalidis

According to a 2012 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting analysis, losing hockey will cost the CBC around $200 million a year.

Nov 26, 2013 — Vancouver Sun

Opinion: The high cost of unbundling TV channels by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS says bundling has served Canadians well and gives value to subscribers.