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.

Mar 23, 2017 — IT World Canada

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

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.

Feb 3, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

TVO to end over-the-air broadcast signals for every Ontario city — except Toronto by Vito Pilieci

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.

 

Jan 27, 2017 — CKNW

Radio Interview: Local Media in Canada

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the future of local media in Canada on News Talk 980 in Vancouver BC.

Jan 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Google fights proposed tax change to Canadian online advertising by Daniel LeBlanc

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.

Jan 23, 2017 — Le Devoir

Colmater une brèche fiscale pour aider les médias by Philippe Papineau

A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.

Jan 23, 2017 — Toronto Star

Tax law tweak could bring millions to Canadian media, study finds by Alex Ballingall

A new paper commissioned by FRIENDS argues a reinterpretation of Canadian tax law could bring up to $1 billion into public coffers every year.

Dec 21, 2016 — The Boundary Sentinel

The CBC - Boon or Boondoggle by Sara Golling

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.

Dec 6, 2016 — Policy Options

Local media and the democracy deficit by Ian Morrison

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.

Oct 23, 2016 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show (Episode 103)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to the recent news that the federal government is considering an internet price hike to fund Canadian content.

Jul 12, 2016 — Yahoo! News

Group urges Liberals to keep promise to reform CBC board by Elianna Lev

FRIENDS says there is a problem with the appointment of board members made directly by the government as patronage appointments. 

Jun 15, 2016 — CTV News

CRTC orders TV stations to air at least 7 hours a week of local news

FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.

Mar 23, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

New Investment in CBC a Welcome First Step -- Friends

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.

Mar 1, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

'Skinny Basic' TV Packages Now Available After CRTC Regulations Kick In

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.

Feb 29, 2016 — Metro

Pick-and-pay TV model could mean less choice, not more, says advocate by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS warns that consumers will ultimately see fewer channel choices as a result of the new pick-and-pay system.

Feb 12, 2016 — LFPress.com

Podcasts a bright note in broadcast by Larry Cornies

A report prepared by Nordicity for FRIENDS says 50 per cent of Canada’s small and medium market stations could close by 2020.

Feb 9, 2016 — Business Vancouver

Revolutionary cure needed to restore health of ailing CBC by Kirk LaPointe

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.

Jan 31, 2016 — The Todd Veinotte Show

Audio: Ian Morrison on The Todd Veinotte Show

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.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

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.

Jan 27, 2016 — CKRM

Is Local TV Dead? by Colin Lovequist

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.

Jan 26, 2016 — Winnipeg Free Press

Half of Canada’s local TV stations could fade to black, lobby warns by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS says small-market, independently owned TV stations are at the greatest risk in the current economic environment.

Jan 25, 2016 — IT Canada

Shifting Viewing Habits, New Rules Imperil Canadian TV: Report by NestoR Arellano

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.

Jan 25, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV Stations Will Fail Without CRTC Action

FRIENDS says local TV stations in Canada will fail without an injection of new money to support their operation.

Jan 25, 2016 — The Hill Times

Meet Heritage Minister Joly, Ottawa’s new political powerhouse by

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.

Jan 23, 2016 — Radio-Canada

La moitié des stations de télé locales pourraient fermer d'ici 2020, selon une étude

According to a new study commissioned by FRIENDS, nearly half of local television stations could close down by 2020 without a substantial increase in their income.

Jan 21, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV in Crisis Says Friends

Starting Monday, January 25th, the survival of local TV in Canada will be the focus of a public hearing convened by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator. 

Jan 13, 2016 — News Article

Many unanswered questions in CHCH aftermath

Columnist says the CRTC will be demanding detailed answers about Channel Zero’s long term business plan for CHCH.

Jan 6, 2016 — Canadian Labour Report

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

The 104-page report, Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts, was prepared by consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller for unions, including the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Unifor.

Jan 6, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

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.

Jan 6, 2016 — TBI Vision

Canada TV changes risk C$1.4bn loss, 15,000 jobs by Stewart Clarke

An in-depth independent report on the changes sweeping the Canadian TV industry claims the new regulatory regime could result in 15,000 job losses and a C$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) reduction in the media sector’s contribution to the wider economy.

Jan 5, 2016 — Toronto Star

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns

Regulations allowing consumers to unbundle cable and satellite TV packages could damage the economy, the report says.