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FRIENDS in the News — 1999

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.

Dec 22, 1999 — National Post

Overhaul of CBC might do away with local news by Mark Stevenson

Robert Rabinovitch may undertake a harsh restructuring of CBC to increase its cost-efficiency

Dec 7, 1999 — Globe & Mail

CTV argues case for sports networks' merger by Mark MacKinnon

Ivan Fecan says TSN, Sportsnet are complementary, CTV should be permitted to hold both of them

Dec 6, 1999 — Globe & Mail

CTV enters crucial stage for NetStar deal by Susanne Craig

Shareholders will lose if CRTC hearings beginning today impose conditions on CTV’s ownership of TSN, Sportsnet

Dec 5, 1999 — Toronto Star

Who will control Canada's sports TV? by Chris Zelkovich

Regardless of CRTC’s decision on Sportsnet, TSN, the ruling’s implications will be significant

Dec 4, 1999 — Vancouver Sun

Fighting on the home front by Alex Strachan

Friends supports free trade, but believes Canadians must protect their cultural sovereignty at the same time

Nov 26, 1999 — CBC Radio, The Arts Report

CBC's 'radio for youth' silenced ... for now by Sandra Abma

Robert Rabinovitch has shelved plans for youth-oriented Radio Three

Nov 24, 1999 — Toronto Star

CTV lines up allies by Chris Zelkovich

Professional sports teams, leagues and personalities take sides on TSN bid; more support than opposition for CTV

Nov 17, 1999 — Canadian Press

CTV shares up on takeover rumours by Gillian Livingston

CTV share values jump amid rumours the widely-held company may be taken over

Oct 26, 1999 — National Post

The complex fight to carve up WIC by Matthew Fraser

Complicated process of asset distribution between CanWest and Shaw has been postponed

Oct 25, 1999 — Montreal Gazette

Starting over at the CBC

Robert Rabinovitch has the love of public broadcasting and management experience required to renew the CBC; acclaimed as excellent choice for the post

Oct 25, 1999 — Montreal Gazette

New plan would merge TV, radio news by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS: "To make CBC radio and TV one operation is a reduction of services. They should not be allowed to get away with the word integration. It is chopping."

Oct 23, 1999 — Globe & Mail

A Cheater's Guide to Canadian Television by Doug Saunders

Canadian production companies frequently skirt Canadian-content rules to profit, gain access to government funding

Oct 20, 1999 — Toronto Star

It's Canadian TV coverage we need by Dalton Camp

New CBC president must contend with indifferent government and private competition to provide the public broadcaster to which Canadians are entitled

Oct 19, 1999 — Toronto Star

CBC's new chief wins top ratings all around by Antonia Zerbisias

Robert Rabinovitch has the love of public broadcasting and management experience required to renew the CBC; acclaimed as excellent choice for the post

Oct 19, 1999 — Canadian Press

Rabinovitch new CBC president by Jennifer Ditchburn

Robert Rabinovitch has the love of public broadcasting and management experience required to renew the CBC; acclaimed as excellent choice for the post

Oct 19, 1999 — National Post

A Wise Man returns to the flock by Matthew Fraser

Robert Rabinovitch has the love of public broadcasting and management experience required to renew the CBC; acclaimed as excellent choice for the post

Oct 16, 1999 — Toronto Star

CTV promises TSN takeover will benefit Canada by Chris Zelkovich

CTV brief to CRTC says new Canadian sports broadcasting landscape will boost amateur sport, won’t disadvantage rights holders

Oct 15, 1999 — Canadian Press

PM delays selection of CBC chief by Jennifer Ditchburn

Friends says government is harming CBC by taking so long to appoint permanent president

Sep 10, 1999 — Canadian Press

CBC chairwoman attempts to foil candidate by Gord McIntosh and Jennifer Ditchburn

CBC, government sources say Guylaine Saucier has asked for Robert Rabinovitch to be removed from consideration for CBC president’s job

May 20, 1999 — Globe & Mail

Resounding public support for CBC found in new poll by Graham Fraser

Friends’ poll finds Canadians like the CBC, but fear the government is trying to undermine it by funding cuts and political appointments

May 11, 1999 — National Post

Canada's sportscasting tug-of-war Struggle for TSN puts monopoly issue back at CRTC's door by Matthew Fraser

Ivan Fecan says TSN, Sportsnet are complementary, CTV should be permitted to hold both of them

Mar 23, 1999 — Vancouver Sun in The National Post

What CBC Needs is a Champion, by Barbara Yaffe

The CBC needs someone to defend its value as a public broadcaster in the face of severe cuts

Mar 20, 1999 — Ottawa Citizen

The death of local television by Tony Atherton

Media concentration sanctioned by the CRTC has led to the gutting of Canadian local television

Mar 6, 1999 — Washington Post

At the CBC, Morale Shrinks With Budget by Steven Pearlstein

Federal budget cuts and the growth of private television have contributed to the CBC’s marginalization and low morale

Feb 25, 1999 — National Post

Strike by CBC technicians costs The National half its audience, CTV newscast benefits by Jonathon Gatehouse

Lack of Canadian footage on newscast during technicians’ strike turns viewers toward CTV National News

Feb 23, 1999 — Toronto Star

CBC strike provides fodder for broadcaster's enemies By Antonia Zerbisias

CBC strike prompts critics to question public broadcaster’s necessity, although it is a vital service in small communities

Jan 21, 1999 — Montreal Gazette

Beatty is out at CBC by Lawrence Martin

Ottawa will likely not renew Beatty’s contract; CBC president widely viewed as too passive to resist assault on public broadcaster

Jan 21, 1999 — National Post

Ottawa ready to dump Beatty as head of CBC: Won't renew contract: Former Tory minister portrayed as a well-meaning failure

Ottawa will likely not renew Beatty’s contract; CBC president widely viewed as too passive to resist assault on public broadcaster

Jan 2, 1999 — Toronto Star

CBC-TV needs some friends in high places by Sid Adilman

CBC has been decimated by actions and policies of Sheila Copps, Perrin Beatty and Françoise Bertrand, needs some loyal supporters