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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.

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.

Oct 28, 2013 — National Post

CBC downplays loss of NHL broadcast revenues by Mike De Souza

The CBC says profit margins from airing NHL hockey had dwindled due to the cost of getting exclusive rights.

Sep 4, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press

Federal cabinet declines to ask CRTC to re-think CBC radio ads ruling

FRIENDS filed a petition with the Privy Council Office in July, asking the cabinet to order the commission to take another look at the ruling.

Aug 19, 2013 — The Tyee

We Need the CBC, but Be Real about Its Limits by Rafe Mair

Columnist says he supports the concept of the CBC as a public institution to help Canadians get ahead and to support Canadian endeavours.

Aug 14, 2013 — Capital News

Opinion: CBC not target of government interference by Dan Albas

MP says Bill 60 ensures that Canada's democratically elected government of the day has the ability to exercise a negotiating mandate that is affordable to taxpayers and does not interfere with editorial independence of the CBC.

Jul 31, 2013 — The Independent

Media watchdog says CBC at risk of being turned into a ‘state broadcaster’ by Justin Brake

FRIENDS says the recent rejection of one of its ads by CBC/Radio-Canada is evidence the public broadcaster’s independence is being undermined by increased government control.

Jul 24, 2013 — Sun News Network

Friends of Canadian Hypocrisy by Brian Lilley

Host says FRIENDS wants government influence out of the CBC except when it comes to giving them billions of taxpayers' dollars.

Jul 23, 2013 — J-Source.ca

CBC and Radio-Canada won't air TV commercial criticizing federal influence on public broadcaster by Eric Mark Do

FRIENDS says the ad targets a new law which came out of Bill C-60, an omnibus budget bill, that "gives the government the right to be present at the bargaining table, giving it unprecedented involvement and control of crown corporations" including the CBC.

Jul 23, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen

Letter to the Editor: CBC must be impartial by Tony Manera

Former CBC President says its decision not to run ads critical of Bill C-60 is the only proper and correct action it could have taken.

Jul 23, 2013 — La Presse

Des publicités contre le gouvernement refusées by Paul Gaboury

Ads against the government refused by SRC.

Jul 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

CBC rejects ad critical of Harper government’s influence on CBC by Josh Wingrove

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is encroaching on the CBC’s independence and has produced an ad in which a journalist is seen questioning a prime minister who bears a resemblance to Mr. Harper.

Jul 22, 2013 — National Post

‘Free the CBC’ ads won’t air on public broadcaster by Andrea Hill

FRIENDS spokesperson says “I’m a little surprised and disappointed that they wouldn’t take our money for the ads. It proves our point a little bit about the nature of the problem.”