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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.

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.”

Jul 22, 2013 — Calgary Herald

'free the CBC' ads won't air on public broadcaster by Andrea Hill

FRIENDS says a new ad campaign to "Free the CBC" from political interference will not air on the public broadcaster's programs.

Jul 22, 2013 — Globe & Mail

Campaign calls on Ottawa to ‘free the CBC from political interference’ by Simon Houpt

FRIENDS says it will try to place the ads on TV and has budgeted about $60,000 for the effort, which is higher than any previous TV campaign it has waged.

Jul 22, 2013 — Broadcaster Magazine

CBC Rejects Ads That Challenges Harper's Media Muzzling--Friends

The CBC has refused to air television ads that challenge the Conservative government's takeover of the national public broadcaster.

Jul 22, 2013 — Yahoo! News

Video mocks Stephen Harper over perceived ‘gambit’ to muzzle CBC by Matthew Coutts

FRIENDS says  Stephen Harper will have more control over what's on the air when his government takes direct control of the wages and working conditions of all CBC staff as Bill C-60 becomes law.

Jul 22, 2013 — iPolitics

CBC watchdog sees government’s influence in ad’s rejection by Olesia Plokhii

FRIENDS says CBC’s refusal to run the ad is a strong indication to the degree which the CBC is under the influence of the government.

Jul 22, 2013 — News Article

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

CBC has refused to air an advertisement created by FRIENDS that is critical of the Conservative government’s meddling in the public broadcaster’s affairs.

Jul 22, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada

'Free The CBC' Ads Calling On Feds To Stop Political Interference Won't Air On CBC

FRIENDS is lobbying against parts of the government's omnibus Bill C-60, passed in June, which give the Treasury Board a role in the CBC's contract negotiations.

Jul 22, 2013 — Cartt.ca

CBC rejects ads criticizing government's "interference" with the Corp

The CBC has refused to air an advertisement produced by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting which challenges the government’s takeover of the national public broadcaster, saying it could imply endorsement of the group’s campaign.

Jul 22, 2013 — Sun News Network

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting take aim at CBC for rejecting anti-Tory by Jessica Murphy

FRIENDS is disappointed at CBC's rejection of the their new ad campaign, which is meant to highlight how the Conservative government is "gradually transforming the CBC from an independent public broadcaster into something that is approaching a state broadcaster."