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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.

Mar 27, 2015 — News Article

CBC announces cuts to Atlantic region

FRIENDS Steering Committee member says the CBC board should be speaking out, but "the president serves at the pleasure of the prime minister, rather than at the pleasure of the board."

Mar 20, 2015 — Toronto Star

You’ll get more options, but you might not pay less when it’s all said and done, chairman warns by Sadiya Ansari and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS is concerned about the impact pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 19, 2015 — Toronto Star

Multicultural shows, $25 starter cable may be biggest changes in TV landscape by Sadiya Ansari

FRIENDS is concerned about the effect pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 19, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Rolls Dice on the Future of Canadian Broadcasting says Friends

FRIENDS says the CRTC is rolling the dice on the future of an industry that is crucial to Canada’s cultural sovereignty and generates more than $15 billion in revenue and 66,000 jobs.

Mar 13, 2015 — AM 900, CHML HAMILTON

Talking about CanCon on the Bill Kelly Show

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of a CRTC decision to relax Canadian Content requirements on television.  

Mar 12, 2015 — CTV News

CRTC to lower quotas on Canadian content on TV

The country's broadcast regulator is planning to significantly ease rules governing Canadian content on TV -- in hope of boosting the quality of local programming.

Mar 7, 2015 — News Article

Free us from the CBC by Lorne Gunter

Columnist takes issue with FRIENDS' goal of making greater funding for the CBC a campaign issue in the upcoming federal election.

Mar 3, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

New local group aims to make CBC funding an issue in federal election by Joelle Kovach

The group is called We Vote CBC - Peterborough, and it is a local offshoot of a national campaign to make CBC funding an issue in the forthcoming federal election.

Mar 2, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

Make CBC an election issue, group urges

The new group We Vote CBC – Peterborough, formed last year after a visit from FRIENDS.

Feb 27, 2015 — Burnaby Now

Burnaby group hosts webcast event with Elizabeth May

Green party leader Elizabeth May will talk about what she would do with the CBC if she was prime minister at an upcoming Burnaby event, hosted by FRIENDS.

Feb 26, 2015 — Straight.com

Watch the anti-Harper ad CBC refuses to air by Miranda Nelson

FRIENDS says all major Canadian TV networks and station owners—Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers, and Shaw—will not run Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that poked fun at Stephen Harper's "hostile agenda" for the CBC.

Feb 25, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

Television Networks Reject Friends' TV Spots

FRIENDS says the ads the networks do not want Canadians to see are meant to hold the Harper government to account for the damage it has done to public broadcasting in Canada.

Feb 25, 2015 — Huffington Post Canada

Ad Mocking Harper Over CBC Cuts Rejected By All Networks, FCB Says, But..

FRIENDS says no major TV station owners in Canada are willing to run an ad it has produced criticizing the Harper government for its approach to the CBC.

Jan 29, 2015 — National Post

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems. 

Dec 12, 2014 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC News shrinks radio, TV programs by Mia Rabson

FRIENDS says at the end of the day, CBC is cutting back on what is most important to Canadians -- local news content.

Dec 11, 2014 — iPolitics

The media, the message and the money by Michael Harris

The CBC refused to run ads produced by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, which criticized the Harper government on a range of issues in a fair, factual and forceful way.

Dec 4, 2014 — Rabble.ca

What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says many thousands of us who love the CBC -- and love to hate some parts of it -- spend a lot of time discussing its future and not doing enough to help save it.

Dec 3, 2014 — National Newswatch

CBC’s Perilous Future as Half Public and Half State Broadcaster by Frances Russell

Ian Morrison of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting warns Canadians that “his (Harper’s) idea of restructuring…would be something along the lines of American Public Broadcasting (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR.)

Sep 19, 2014 — National Post

Get the CBC out of the free market by Terence Corcoran

CBC President Hubert Lacroix, appearing before the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings last week, declares that “in our view” the new Canadian policy for broadcasting “must support” what he calls “market-based solutions to issues rather than regulatory intervention.”

Sep 12, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.

Sep 5, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Majority of Conservative voters like the CBC: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research poll says a strong majority of Canadians trust the CBC and most want its funding increased or maintained.

Sep 5, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Canadians split on pick-and-pay cable: poll by Ashley Csanady

A new Nanos Research Poll says Canadians are split in their support of the sweeping changes to cable and television being considered by the CRTC.

Aug 22, 2014 — Brampton Guardian

CRTC proposals too costly; watchdog group by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Jun 26, 2014 — Straight.com

Massive CBC cuts anger Canadian Media Guild and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting by Charlie Smith

FRIENDS says CBC President Hubert Lacroix is helping Stephen Harper drive CBC into the ground and that all Canadians - not the just the government - are shareholders in the public broadcaster.

Jun 1, 2014 — Straight.com

Conservative party fundraising letter asks if CBC should be privatized by Charlie Smith

A fundraising letter from the Conservative Party of Canada's director of political operations decries the growing concentration of media in Canada.

May 30, 2014 — Ottawa Star

CBC chair’s 2010 letter to Harper slams Tory attacks on public broadcaster by Dean Beeby

The Conservative party’s public attacks on the CBC have been “wilfully destructive” and undermine its independence, says a newly uncovered letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the broadcaster’s Tory-appointed former chair.

May 29, 2014 — News Article

CBC planning new cuts including making Radio 2 online-only: watchdog group by Laura Kane

FRIENDS says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and French programming — but the public broadcaster denies the claims.

May 23, 2014 — Broadcaster Magazine

Campaign Launched to Stop CBC Cuts

FRIENDS says CBC executives have already decided on a new round of service cuts even before their manipulative consultation with Canadians has concluded.

May 23, 2014 — Chronicle Herald

CBC plans new cuts including making Radio 2 online-only: watchdog group by Laura Kane

FRIENDS says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and French programming — but the public broadcaster denies the claims.

May 23, 2014 — Media in Canada

CBC denies reports that additional cuts are a done deal by Michael Kolberg

CBC is refuting a report from FRIENDS that claims decisions about additional cuts to the pubcaster have already been made.