Other 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 3, 2013 — Hamilton Spectator: Regulator won’t gift CBC radio to city: watchdog by Matthew Van Dongen
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says it would be “a real stretch” for the CRTC to order a private company to give up a particular frequency to another broadcaster.
FRIENDS says that BCE has a good chance of getting approval of its takeover of Astral Media because BCE has likely “cleaned up the garden and arranged more completely and fully to meet the tests the regulator has laid out.”
Mar 7, 2013 — Our TVO: Coalition of families, artists, educators, and TVO/TFO employees come together to tell Ontario Government public educational broadcasting “still matters”
Concerned with declining government funding for the province's public educational broadcasters and the recent loss of made-in-Ontario programs on TVO, a coalition of families, educators, artists, and employees are coming together to seek a greater voice in shaping the future of TVO and TFO.
Mar 2, 2013 — Ottawa Citizen: CBC Finances: Robbing radio to pay TV by Chris Cobb
FRIENDS spokesperson says commercials would turn Radio Two into a commercial broadcaster chasing audiences, with programs being chosen to drive audience share rather than following the CBC mandate to be distinctive.
Jan 21, 2013 — Voices-Voix: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says he believes that there is an ideological basis to CBC cuts and to proposals for commercial alternatives.
FRIENDS calls on the CRTC to deny CBC a new stream of advertising revenue and ensure the corporation has a contingency plan in place for the loss of a lucrative contract with the NHL.
FRIENDS says that despite promises from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is a 37 per cent gap between the increases in overall government spending and the CBC's decreasing portion of funding during the years 2006 to 2015.
Nov 20, 2012 — Victoria Times Colonist: CBC seeks greater flexibility by Jim Bronskill
FRIENDS says the move towards more commercialization will turn CBC into a private broadcaster which loses $1 billion a year rather than the public broadcaster that Canadians rely upon for credible news and Canadian entertainment.
Oct 15, 2012 — Hollywood Reporter: Study: NHL Lockout a Bad Omen for Canada's CBC Network by Etan Vlessing
FRIENDS says losing the "Hockey Night in Canada" TV rights in 2014 could eliminate a third of its TV audience and half of its English TV ad revenue.
Oct 12, 2012 — Yahoo! News: Tough times may be ahead for the CBC by Andy Radia
FRIENDS says "The CBC is hooked on hockey and the lockout could be just a bitter foretaste of the future for the CBC".
Oct 10, 2012 — Playback: CBC must explain Hockey Night in Canada contingency plan: lobby group by Jordan Twiss
FRIENDS estimates that hockey earns a $15 million profit for the CBC, and the loss of HNIC would cost the pubcaster 400 hours of programming and $200 million.
Oct 10, 2012 — Globe & Mail: CBC has much at stake in next NHL television rights negotiation by Bruce Dowbiggin
FRIENDS says it will be demanding answers about HNIC’s future on November 19 when the CRTC begins its review of the CBC's broadcast licenses.
FRIENDS warns that the possible loss of NHL games in 2014, when the contract between the league and the national pubcaster comes up for renewal, would be a “devastating financial loss” for CBC.
FRIENDS calculates that the CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires.
Sep 30, 2012 — Toronto Star: Don’t turn the CBC into an on-air beggar by Ian Morrison
FRIENDS says if the CBC adopts the PBS model of funding, it will be doomed to become a narrow elite service, rather than a mainstream player that is integral to Canadian democracy and generates almost 40 per cent of the audience for Canadian shows.
Sep 28, 2012 — Waterloo Record: Another view: Have your say on CBC
Columnist says what the CBC needs now more than ever is imaginative leadership that will give it the most bang for its bucks.
Sep 27, 2012 — Chronicle Herald: Editorial: CBC funding and future: Have your say
FRIENDS points out that in contrast with public broadcasters in other Western democracies, the CBC president and board are essentially appointed at the behest of the prime minister.
Sep 21, 2012 — Winnipeg Free Press: CBC's place in 'public space' by Ian Morrison
FRIENDS says the CBC is Canadians' public space in the media, a space that is vital for the health of our democracy, and that is worth protecting for future generations.
Aug 14, 2012 — Victoria Times Colonist: Have your say tonight on the CBC you want by Amy Smart
Members of the public have an opportunity to share their views on the future of the CBC at a panel discussion hosted by FRIENDS.
Aug 12, 2012 — Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Ads on CBC Radio are as out of place as condos in Stanley Park by Ian Morrison
FRIENDS says that as Canada’s national public broadcaster, it’s CBC’s job to present radio and television programs that meet the needs of citizens, rather than delivering audience eyes and ears to advertisers.