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.

Jan 5, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

New Study Shows Planned CRTC Changes will Cost 15,000 Canadian Jobs

FRIENDS says study offers an indictment of the CRTC’s current leadership, based on solid economic analysis.

Jan 5, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Canada’s new TV rules could erode jobs, funding, report warns by James Bradshaw

A new study, commissioned in part by FRIENDS, warns that rules designed to unbundle large cable and satellite packages could cause nearly 7,000 job losses and take away about $400-million in funding for Canadian programs.

Dec 14, 2015 — AM900 CHML

Audio: Ian Morrison on AM900 CHML in Hamilton

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the closure of CHCH TV in Hamilton with radio host Scott Thompson.

Dec 11, 2015 — Canadian Business

Hamilton’s CHCH channel cuts back on local news in an effort to save costs

FRIENDS says the changes at CHCH are a warning sign of things to come.

Dec 10, 2015 — Canada.com

Hamilton's CHCH channel cuts back on local news in an effort to save costs by David French

Hamilton's CHCH channel is cutting back on local news in an attempt to right its troubled finances and 129 full-time employees have been let go.

Dec 7, 2015 — National Post

A new era for CBC, hopefully: Things could finally start looking up for the beleaguered public broadcaster in 2016 by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the fact the public broadcaster's scandals have  been limited to English services suggests there is a management problem.

Nov 1, 2015 — Al Jazeera

Independent journalism and the future of the CBC

Al Jazeera's The Listening Post's Flo Phillips reports on the future of the CBC.

Oct 12, 2015 — The Hill Times

Peterborough-Kawartha looking to move on from Del Mastro drama by Rachel Aiello

All three main party candidates have a fair showing of election signs throughout the riding, as well as the “We Vote CBC” campaign by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 2, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Stephen Harper gives CBC a rare cameo on the election trail by Kate Taylor

Columnist says an underfunded CBC is in the midst of an awkward transition to a multiplatform and global environment in which its role as a producer, distributor, curator and aggregator of Canadian news and entertainment should become more important, not less.

Oct 1, 2015 — The Gauntlet

We Need Public Broadcasting by Jason Herring

Columnist says it’s hard to imagine the CBC surviving if the trend of budget cuts continues.

Sep 30, 2015 — Calgary Herald

Canada's enduring affliction — some people love to dislike Stephen Harper by Barry Cooper

Columnist says "Harper Derangement Syndrome" seems largely confined to the media elite of Laurentian Canada. 

Sep 30, 2015 — Calgary Herald

Canada's enduring affliction — some people love to dislike Stephen Harper by Barry Cooper

Columnist says "Harper Derangement Syndrome" seems largely confined to the media elite of Laurentian Canada. 

Sep 30, 2015 — Yahoo!News

Is CBC’s audience declining as Harper claims? by Sherry Noik

FRIENDS says Stephen Harper’s assertion that his government made no cuts to the CBC’s budget is patently false.

Sep 29, 2015 — CBC News

CBC supporters rally outside broadcaster's public meeting in Winnipeg

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting concerned about funding cuts, programming changes.

Sep 29, 2015 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada a la cote, au-delà des allégeances by Stéphane Baillargeon

According to a Nanos poll sponsored by FRIENDS, even Conservative supporters are against cuts to the public broadcaster.

Sep 29, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Canadian voters deeply divided on who they trust to protect the CBC: survey by Simon Houpt

Nanos Research survey, sponsored by FRIENDS, finds most Canadians still believe the CRTC has a vital role to play in supporting the creation of home-grown TV programming.

Sep 24, 2015 — HUFFINGTON POST CANADA

Alleged CBC Plan To Sell All Of Its Properties 'Makes No Sense': Union by Maham Abedi

Ian Morrison, spokesman for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, told the Toronto Star he had not heard the news, but compared the supposed move to "burning the furniture to heat the home."

Sep 21, 2015 — Edmonton Sun

Music icons add support to CBC by Marty Forbes

Stony Plain Records' Holger Peterson says almost every Canadian artist has had his or her first exposure via CBC airplay.

Sep 19, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

No Comment from Skinner by Adrian Peterson

Reader asks where is Peterborough's Conservative candidate Michael Skinner, and why is he not making himself available for comment via the media on local issues?

Sep 18, 2015 — Ottawa Citizen

The Gargoyle – Liberals leading in Del Mastro's old seat, poll says by Glen McGregor

FRIENDS hired Nanos Reasearch to poll in Peterborough about attitudes towards the CBC and its local affiliate, CHEX-TV. 

Sep 9, 2015 — CHEX Television

Liberals leading locally: Nanos poll by Greg Davis

In the riding of Peterborough-Kawartha, new poll numbers show the the Federal Liberal Party has taken the lead.

Sep 9, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

Liberals have edge in Peterborough-Kawartha riding, according to Nanos poll commissioned by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting as part of campaign to save CBC funding by Jason Bain

A Nanos poll commissioned by FRIENDS says 69% of residents are more likely to vote for a candidate favouring increased funding for the CBC, as opposed to 18% who would be more likely to vote for a candidate who would privatize the broadcaster - including half (48%) of those who say they have decided to vote Conservative.

Aug 26, 2015 — News Article

CBC sign adds to campaign colours on local lawns by Perth Courier

Signs from “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting,” simply say “We Vote CBC!”

Aug 26, 2015 — Toronto Sun

General Rick Hillier post to Facebook expresses dislike of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting ad

General Rick Hillier takes issue with latest FRIENDS television ad and says the CBC should "earn their own way as other networks are required to."

Aug 25, 2015 — iPolitics

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting doubling down on 2015 campaign by Janice Dickson

FRIENDS says that over the past year the group has had one priority in mind — to hold the prime minister and his party to account for the damage he’s done to the CBC.

Aug 20, 2015 — Straight.com

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting takes aim at Harper Conservatives with pro-CBC campaign by Miranda Nelson

FRIENDS is currently airing advertisements critical of the Harper government's treatment of the public broadcaster.

Aug 4, 2015 — Times Colonist

Election season begins at Mile Zero with a CBC lawn sign by Jack Knox

Columnist says FRIENDS argues the Conservatives are systematically dismantling one of the institutions that keeps Canada together.

Aug 4, 2015 — News Article

CBC supporters fire first election shots by Jack Knox

FRIENDS arguesthe Conservatives are systematically dismantling one of the institutions that keeps Canada together.

Aug 3, 2015 — The Telegram

Broadcaster gets boost by Joe Gibbons

FRIENDS and other advocates of public broadcasting are lobbying to save it from cutbacks.

Aug 3, 2015 — News Article

Broadcaster gets boost by Joe Gibbons

O’Keefe joined with Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, B.C., to support the CBC by placing the 800th “We Vote CBC!” lawn sign from a west coast campaign at the other Mile 0 landmark in Canada. Advocates of the broadcaster are lobbying to save it from cutbacks.