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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 10, 2014 — Toronto Star

CBC cuts 657 jobs to cope with $130 million shortfall

The public broadcaster announced Thursday it would no longer compete for the rights to broadcast professional sports and cancelled planned expansions into new regions.

Apr 10, 2014 — Marketing Magazine

Watchdog group charts CBC’s funding decline over the decades

Adjusted for 2104 dollars CBC’s parliamentary appropriation plunged by more than $400 million, from $1.64 billion to $1.19 billion, between 1994-95 and 1997-98.

Apr 10, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 9, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC slashes 650 full-time jobs and gives up on professional sports to fill $130M shortfall by Christine Dobby

FRIENDS says the erosion of conventional television advertising is a partial explanation for the pressures facing the CBC, but the impact of government cuts is far more significant.

Apr 9, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

CBC Cuts Could Put 600 Jobs On Chopping Block, Watchdog Warns by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the CBC's budget reduction was introduced in 2012 and phased in over three years, giving the broadcaster at least some time to prepare for the full brunt of a $115-million blow to the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 9, 2014 — Vancouver Sun

Watchdog asks why CBC didn’t prepare better for financial crunch by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

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.