FRIENDS in the News
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.
FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the recent “Hockey Night in Canada” deal between the CBC and Rogers
FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.
Bell Media recently announced it's adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format "CityNews" to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.
FRIENDS spokesperson says the status quo isn't working and so shaking things up and trying another approach is something that all viewers should welcome.
With Peter Mansbridge set to sign off as CBC News chief correspondent and anchor of "The National," speculation abounds as to what will happen with the public broadcaster's flagship program.
Canada's Conservatives face an uphill battle in the 2019 federal election if their newly-minted leader, AndrewScheer, uploads his recentanti-CBCrhetoric into his party platform, new research has revealed.
In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.
In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.
The broadcaster, which annually receives $30 million from the province, says the move was aimed at saving around $1 million, which can be used to bolster investments into other initiatives, including its catalogue of content available for streaming online.
FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.
Google Canada is vigorously opposing a proposed tax change that would make it cheaper for Canadian companies to advertise on domestic websites at the expense of foreign platforms.
A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.
A new paper commissioned by FRIENDS argues a reinterpretation of Canadian tax law could bring up to $1 billion into public coffers every year.
FRIENDS says that among 18 major Western democracies, Canada, at $29 per inhabitant, was third lowest in terms of the level of per capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2014.
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the time has come for the CRA to update its interpretation of what broadcasting means and end the tax deductibility of ads placed on foreign-controlled digital platforms.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to the recent news that the federal government is considering an internet price hike to fund Canadian content.
FRIENDS says there is a problem with the appointment of board members made directly by the government as patronage appointments.
FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.
FRIENDS says Former Prime Minister Harper made sure that his hostile influence over the CBC could continue by stacking the CBC Board with Conservative directors, some of whose terms do not expire until 2020.
Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting predicted that, as full "pick-and-pay" requirements take effect in December, consumers may have less programming to choose from as individual channels struggle to stay afloat.
FRIENDS warns that consumers will ultimately see fewer channel choices as a result of the new pick-and-pay system.
A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.
Columnist suggests that in order to fund Canadian programming private networks should be let out of their requirements to broadcast Canadian content, but that they should still be held to their requirements to direct 30% of their revenue to finance English Canadian content production.
FRIENDS' spokesperson talks to Todd Veinotte about the recent CRTC hearings and the possibility that half of all local TV stations could close by 2020.
FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.
An eight-day hearing on the future of local television continues Tuesday as Canada’s broadcast regulator hears dire warnings from private networks about funding troubles in a changing media landscape.
FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.
New report commissioned by FRIENDS says the most likely scenario over the short to mid-term is a material, but not fatal, erosion of traditional television.
FRIENDS says local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation.
With numerous big NCC projects underway and Canada’s 150th celebrations on the horizon, Ottawa is set to become a ‘critical file’ for the minister from Montreal, say insiders.