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FRIENDS in the News — 2000

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 11, 2000 — National Post

Grow big or go home by Matthew Fraser

Cable company barons can maximize their profits by growing and then selling out

Dec 8, 2000 — Toronto Star

BCE ruling buoys Rogers by Chris Zelkovich

BCE’s takeover of CTV will allow Rogers to purchase Sportsnet

Dec 8, 2000 — Canadian Press

Feds OK BCE's bid for CTV; TV industry watchdogs cheer by Leanne Yohemas-Hayes

CRTC conditions on BCE’s takeover of CTV will result in more Canadian programming

Dec 7, 2000 — Toronto Star

BCE-CTV deal likely to get OK by Susan Pigg

CRTC conditions on BCE’s takeover of CTV will result in more Canadian programming

Dec 7, 2000 — Globe & Mail

BCE-CTV deal gets green light from broadcast regulator by Terry Weber

CRTC conditions on BCE’s takeover of CTV will result in more Canadian programming

Dec 6, 2000 — Montreal Gazette

CRTC chairman quits post by Mark Lamey

Françoise Bertrand, credited with running the CRTC as a proactive, fair organization, is stepping down as chairperson

Dec 5, 2000 — Toronto Star

CRTC chairwoman Francoise Bertrand resigns by Jennifer Ditchburn

Françoise Bertrand, credited with running the CRTC as a proactive, fair organization, is stepping down as chairperson

Dec 5, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CRTC head makes surprise early exit by Jeff Gray & Daniel LeBlanc

Françoise Bertrand, credited with running the CRTC as a proactive, fair organization, is stepping down as chairperson

Dec 2, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Public frowns on PM despite vote, poll finds by Shawn McCarthy

Chrétien won third majority government not because voters approve of his work, but because they distrust the Canadian Alliance, says an Ipsos-Reid survey

Dec 2, 2000 — Toronto Star

Struggle for Sportsnet is coming to a head by Chris Zelkovich

If CRTC approves BCE’s takeover of CTV, Rogers says it should be permitted to acquire Sportsnet

Nov 30, 2000 — Toronto Star

Nature of endangered things by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC’s original The Nature of Things produces less of its own high-quality, insightful shows as its funding shrinks

Nov 29, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

Saucier resigns early from CBC Board by Chris Cobb

Major cultural vacancy left by former CBC chairwoman Guylaine Saucier leads to call for reform of appointment process, CBC governing structure

Nov 28, 2000 — National Post

CBC chairwoman quits post early by Finbarr O'Reilly

Major cultural vacancy left by former CBC chairwoman Guylaine Saucier leads to call for reform of appointment process, CBC governing structure

Nov 28, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CBC official quits by Krista Foss and Heather Scoffield

Major cultural vacancy left by former CBC chairwoman Guylaine Saucier leads to call for reform of appointment process, CBC governing structure

Nov 27, 2000 — National Post

Cable monopoly by Ian Morrison (Letter to the Editor)

Former CCTA president lobbies in favour of DTH where he formerly opposed them

Nov 24, 2000 — Globe & Mail

The Accidental Moguls by Sarah Scott

Michael MacMillan is building Alliance Atlantis into a Canadian success story

Nov 24, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

Sound of silence alarms arts industry by Chris Cobb

Despite its importance to Canada’s economy, arts and culture policy has been largely ignored in federal election campaign

Nov 22, 2000 — The Telegram

Campaigning parties silent on billion-dollar industry by Chris Cobb

Despite its importance to Canada’s economy, arts and culture policy has been largely ignored in federal election campaign

Nov 18, 2000 — New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

Poll suggests backlash from cuts

Friends survey indicates Atlantic Canadians want MPs to work to restore local television, and may vote against Liberals because of CBC funding cuts

Nov 18, 2000 — The Guardian

Survey finds Islanders upset with CBC cuts by Dave Stewart

Friends survey indicates Atlantic Canadians want MPs to work to restore local television, and may vote against Liberals because of CBC funding cuts

Nov 18, 2000 — Fredericton Daily Gleaner

Voters may punish Liberals for CBC cuts by Don Richardson

Friends survey indicates Atlantic Canadians want MPs to work to restore local television, and may vote against Liberals because of CBC funding cuts

Nov 18, 2000 — The Telegram

Restore CBC cuts, poll says by Moira Baird

Friends survey indicates Atlantic Canadians want MPs to work to restore local television, and may vote against Liberals because of CBC funding cuts

Nov 13, 2000 — CRTC

CRTC Chair Françoise Bertrand: Address to the Annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Our Collective Journey - Staying the course for better Canadian content

Nov 4, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Corporate funds fuel election campaigns by Janet McFarland

Friends believes broadcasters should be prohibited from making political contributions because they depend on the federal government for licences like no other industry

Nov 2, 2000 — CBC Radio, The Arts Report

Liberal Party pledges $600 million in spending on arts

Liberals’ new Red Book has Sheila Copps promising additional funding on arts, culture and the CBC

Oct 29, 2000 — Toronto Star

Just watch it: Canadian TV honours its own by Antonia Zerbisias

Changes to Gemini Award show format might entice more Canadians to watch it.

Oct 29, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

After 15 years, CBC still rules Geminis by Tony Atherton

The Canadian TV industry has changed, but the CBC still snaps up over half the Gemini statuettes each year

Oct 28, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Survey gives top marks to CBC drama

Friends’ survey says Canadians enjoy domestic television, prefer CBC’s Canadian programming to that of other private networks

Oct 26, 2000 — Winnipeg Free Press

Broadcast lobby gives thumbs up to Canadian TV

Friends’ survey says Canadians enjoy domestic television, prefer CBC’s Canadian programming to that of other private networks

Oct 26, 2000 — Montreal Gazette

Canadians like home-grown TV by John McKay

Friends’ survey says Canadians enjoy domestic television, prefer CBC’s Canadian programming to that of other private networks

Oct 25, 2000 — Canadian Press

Watchdog group's pre-Gemini report gives thumbs up to Canadian TV by John McKay

Friends’ survey says Canadians enjoy domestic television, prefer CBC’s Canadian programming to that of other private networks

Sep 26, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Globe & Mail: CanWest vows emphasis on West by Lily Nguyen

CanWest promises greater service to Western Canada as it acquires Alberta TV stations

Sep 19, 2000 — National Post

Too many Tories at TVO: lobbyists by Stewart Bell

Friends believes there is too close an affiliation between the TVO board and the incumbent Conservative government

Sep 19, 2000 — National Post

Fair-weather Friends (Editorial)

Friends’ assault on TVO is not well-substantiated

Aug 30, 2000 — National Post/Ottawa Citizen

Merger of CBC radio operations could water down local service by Chris Cobb and Susanne Hiller

CBC merger of Toronto Radio One and National network news stations could reduce local coverage for six million listeners

Aug 25, 2000 — Charlottetown Guardian

Wayne Easter sees political agenda blocking Save Compass campaign by Mike Gauthier

Friends has launched an advertising campaign to save the CBC’s supper-hour news programs in Atlantic Canada, but MPs believe it unfairly attacks them

Aug 24, 2000 — CBC News

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches campaign

Friends has launched an advertising campaign to save the CBC’s supper-hour news programs in Atlantic Canada, but MPs believe it unfairly attacks them

Aug 23, 2000 — News Article

Friends of CBC launching ad campaign by Julie Chow

Friends has launched an advertising campaign to save the CBC’s supper-hour news programs in Atlantic Canada, but MPs believe it unfairly attacks them

Aug 14, 2000 — Toronto Star

Not so Friendly by Antonia Zerbisias

Investigator Brenda Dalglish is asking valid questions about accountability of Friends

Aug 14, 2000 — National Post

CanWest orders study on critics by Sinclair Stewart

CanWest may have hired Brenda Dalglish to investigate Friends

Aug 13, 2000 — Toronto Star

They're at the Post by Oakland Ross

Izzy Asper’s impending takeover of Southam fuels speculation about its effect on Canadian media and opinion

Aug 2, 2000 — Winnipeg Free Press

Heir apparent emerges from Izzy's shadow by Martin Cash

Leonard Asper is a competent executive, balancing corporate and family life

Aug 2, 2000 — Canadian Press

CanWest Global's newspaper purchase – will it bring more choices or one voice? by Jennifer Ditchburn

Izzy Asper’s impending takeover of Southam fuels speculation about its effect on Canadian media and opinion

Aug 1, 2000 — Toronto Star

The great Canadian mystery by Antonia Zerbisias

Izzy Asper’s impending takeover of Southam fuels speculation about its effect on Canadian media and opinion

Aug 1, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Asper: Mogul and a half by Margaret Wente

Izzy Asper’s impending takeover of Southam fuels speculation about its effect on Canadian media and opinion

Jul 29, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC, CRTC set to fight over regional shows by Jack Aubey

CRTC may sanction CBC over cuts to local television news

Jul 28, 2000 — Charlottetown Guardian

Save Compass group organizes protest; Protesters blaming federal Liberals for plight of CBC by Dave Stewart

Protestors gather at Charlottetown CBC station to oppose local news cuts

Jul 27, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

Tiny P.E.I. holds key to CBC's future by Tony Atherton

Potential loss of PEI support in tight election race may force Liberals to remedy CBC cuts

Jul 20, 2000 — National Post

Friends and conflict by Pauline Couture

Pauline Couture denies allegations of bias and conflict of interest in her association with Friends and CTV

Jul 19, 2000 — Canadian Press

Rogers faces regulatory hurdles in attempt to buy CTV Sportsnet by Gillian Livingston

CRTC worries specialty acquisitions could be given undue preference on carrier’s channels

Jul 14, 2000 — National Post

CanWest orders study on critics by Sinclair Stewart

CanWest may have hired Brenda Dalglish to investigate Friends

Jul 14, 2000 — Toronto Star

Not so Friendly by Antonia Zerbisias

Investigator Brenda Dalglish is asking valid questions about accountability of Friends

Jul 7, 2000 — Toronto Star

Rogers backing off Blue Jay buy by Chris Zelkovich

CRTC’s ruling on Corus/Shaw makes approval of Rogers’ Sportsnet purchase unlikely

Jul 7, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Third TV network okayed; B.C. to get new choices by Peter Kennedy and Heather Scoffield

CHUM’s new TV licence for Victoria market puts CityTV format in competition with CanWest Global

Jul 7, 2000 — Toronto Star

Regulator redraws TV industry blueprint by Dana Flavelle

CanWest’s acquisition of eight WIC television stations may soon allow it to rival CTV as national network, prompts concern about its commitment to Canadian content

Jul 7, 2000 — Globe & Mail

TV world faces shake-out as third network okayed by Heather Scoffield

CanWest’s acquisition of eight WIC television stations may soon allow it to rival CTV as national network, prompts concern about its commitment to Canadian content

Jul 7, 2000 — Winnipeg Free Press

Aspers in ring with CTV, top network title at stake by Martin Cash

CanWest’s acquisition of eight WIC television stations may soon allow it to rival CTV as national network, prompts concern about its commitment to Canadian content

Jul 6, 2000 — Canadian Press

CRTC approves sale of WIC Western International to CanWest by Leanne Yohemas-Hayes

CRTC approves CanWest's bid to acquire eight new stations

Jul 6, 2000 — Toronto Star

Broadcasting moguls await fate by Dana Flavelle and Susan Pigg

CRTC television rulings could show distinct change in federal broadcast policy

Jul 5, 2000 — Winnipeg Free Press

CRTC likely to make Asper's TV dreams come true by Martin Cash

CRTC television rulings could show distinct change in federal broadcast policy

Jun 29, 2000 — Summerside Journal Pioneer

Friends of CBC to contact every Islander by Julie Chow

Friends will mail pamphlets to each PEI household, urging them to pressure MPs to save local CBC news

Jun 8, 2000 — Charlottetown Guardian

Majority of folks oppose CBC cutbacks

Friends’ poll shows most Atlantic Canadians oppose cuts to local CBC supper-hour news, may vote against Liberals in protest

Jun 8, 2000 — Fredericton Daily Gleaner

Atlantic Canada rejects CBC cuts by Heather McLaughlin

Friends’ poll shows most Atlantic Canadians oppose cuts to local CBC supper-hour news, may vote against Liberals in protest

Jun 7, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

70% in Atlantic area oppose CBC cuts by Chris Cobb

Friends’ poll shows most Atlantic Canadians oppose cuts to local CBC supper-hour news, may vote against Liberals in protest

May 30, 2000 — Globe & Mail

The same old CBC

CBC remains indecisive in face of budgetary pressures

May 30, 2000 — National Post

CBC backs down, to retain shorter supper-hour news by Anne Marie Owens

CBC’s original proposal to eliminate regional news altogether is rejected in favour of 30-minute local supper-hour show

May 30, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC cuts supper-hour news shows to half-hour by Chris Cobb

CBC’s original proposal to eliminate regional news altogether is rejected in favour of 30-minute local supper-hour show

May 22, 2000 — Toronto Star

CBC plan best chance for survival by Antonia Zerbisias

Focus on CBC regional news cuts overshadows more positive parts of Robert Rabinovitch’s proposal for a new CBC

May 20, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CBC sells channel to U.S. mogul by Bertrand Marotte and Gayle MacDonald

CBC sells satellite-based Newsworld International and TRIO to USA Networks

May 19, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Don't knock the only guy with a map by Bill Neville

Focus on CBC regional news cuts overshadows more positive parts of Robert Rabinovitch’s proposal for a new CBC

May 18, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Is there anyone Robert Rabinovitch doesn't report to?

CBC governing structure impedes the Corporation’s ability to fulfill its mandate

May 17, 2000 — National Post

... and that was the CBC news by Murray Whyte

Cuts to CBC supper-hour news are as much a product of loss of vision as loss of funding; restructuring may or may not help

May 17, 2000 — Canadian Press

Grits demand money for CBC local newscasts by Bruce Cheadle

Liberal backbenchers push Chrétien for better funding as Rabinovitch threatens to cut local supper-hour news

May 12, 2000 — New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

Group urges NBers to lobby CBC president by Alan White

Friends wants NB residents to lobby CBC to preserve local news at upcoming board meeting in St. Andrew’s

May 11, 2000 — Calgary Sun

Regional TV threat by Tyler McLeod

CBC draws fire for proposal to lay off staff, cut local news programs in bid to make public broadcaster more distinct, cheaper to run

May 11, 2000 — Edmonton Sun

Planned CBC cuts a 'shock' by Steve Tilley

CBC draws fire for proposal to lay off staff, cut local news programs in bid to make public broadcaster more distinct, cheaper to run

May 11, 2000 — National Post

CBC releases its poor ratings to justify job cuts by Chris Cobb

CBC draws fire for proposal to lay off staff, cut local news programs in bid to make public broadcaster more distinct, cheaper to run

May 11, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CBC TV's regional cuts spark outcry

CBC draws fire for proposal to lay off staff, cut local news programs in bid to make public broadcaster more distinct, cheaper to run

May 11, 2000 — Vancouver Sun

Job losses at CBC Vancouver 'may hit 20 per cent' by Petti Fong

CBC draws fire for proposal to lay off staff, cut local news programs in bid to make public broadcaster more distinct, cheaper to run

May 6, 2000 — Montreal Gazette

CBC chief merits support by Mike Boone

Robert Rabinovitch’s proposed national newscast will likely be of high quality, and may save the CBC from bankruptcy and irrelevance

May 6, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

Delay of meeting buys CBC some time by Chris Cobb

Liberal backbenchers push Chrétien for better funding as Rabinovitch threatens to cut local supper-hour news

May 2, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CBC can't please everyone and shouldn't try by Jeffrey Simpson

Robert Rabinovitch’s proposed national newscast will likely be of high quality, and may save the CBC from bankruptcy and irrelevance

Apr 30, 2000 — Toronto Star

The CBC cliff-hanger by Antonia Zerbisias

To preserve the diversity of voices in Canada, the CBC cannot shut down its regional TV stations

Apr 27, 2000 — Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Time to oppose CBC cuts by John McConnell

CBC is vital for balanced journalism and regional representation, and must not be cut any further

Apr 27, 2000 — Toronto Star

CBC brass grilled on radical restructuring plans by Antonia Zerbisias

The CBC board of directors is examining restructuring proposals by president Robert Rabinovitch

Apr 26, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CanWest appeals to regulators as an 'entrepreneur' by Ann Gibbon

CanWest argues it should be permitted to take over WIC stations as a reward for its entrepreneurship

Apr 25, 2000 — Toronto Star

Political soap makes great TV by Antonia Zerbisias

CRTC must examine effects of media concentration in mediating breakup of WIC

Apr 24, 2000 — National Post/Ottawa Citizen

CBC blasted for local TV cuts by Chris Cobb

Friends’ study, Leaving Town, shows demand for local programming exceeds supply provided by private broadcasters and CBC

Apr 20, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CanWest challenged on WIC proposal by Ann Gibbon

Friends, CTV say approving Global’s proposal would contravene CRTC regulations limiting owners to one TV station per market

Apr 17, 2000 — National Post

Saints and icons set CBC standard by Adrian Humphreys

Listeners’ willingness to comment and complain about CBC radio shows their devotion to its programming

Apr 17, 2000 — Toronto Star

Potential buyers eye CTV's stake in Sportsnet by Chris Zelkovich

Potential buyers examine prospects for acquiring Sportsnet after CRTC ruled CTV must drop it for TSN

Apr 16, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC to drop local news, cut 500 jobs by Chris Cobb

CBC’s plan to eliminate local supper-hour news programs may contravene Broadcasting Act

Mar 25, 2000 — Toronto Star

Viewers better off thanks to CRTC ruling by Chris Zelkovich

Ruling forcing CTV to sell Sportsnet in return for buying TSN will benefit viewers by increasing competition

Mar 16, 2000 — Globe & Mail

$10-million injection for CBC Radio by Michael Posner

CBC is returning money originally set aside for now-shelved Radio Three and InfoRadio

Mar 3, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

Culture critics savage Copps by Chris Cobb

Easily-ignored Sheila Copps fails to adequately defend or fund Canadian culture

Mar 1, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen/Edmonton Journal

Culture 'barely' sees light of day by Chris Cobb

Canadian culture and the CBC largely ignored in most recent federal budget

Feb 26, 2000 — Toronto Star

It's tough to find fault with the offer for CTV by Antonia Zerbisias

Prospective owner BCE’s financial resources will help strengthen CTV

Feb 26, 2000 — Canadian Press

BCE shakes up the Canadian market with $2.3 billion offer for broadcaster CTV Inc. by James Stevenson

BCE offers $2.3 billion to buy CTV, pending CRTC approval

Feb 19, 2000 — Winnipeg Free Press

CanWest puts $84M on table to woo CRTC by Martin Cash

Global lays out $84M benefits package in bid to take over WIC

Feb 19, 2000 — Canadian Press

Global to boost Canuck TV by John McKay

Global lays out $84M benefits package in bid to take over WIC

Feb 12, 2000 — Globe & Mail

What about that promise?

Jean Chrétien promised stable funding for CBC, but has cut deeper than Mulroney ever did

Feb 11, 2000 — Canadian Press

CBC sheds 173 more jobs and Midday in latest downsizing

Midday program to be cut, 173 TV and radio employees to lose jobs as CBC tries to deal with its financial and administrative problems

Feb 11, 2000 — Globe & Mail

Latest CBC layoffs will see 173 workers lose jobs by Caroline Alphonso and Wallace Immen

Midday program to be cut, 173 TV and radio employees to lose jobs as CBC tries to deal with its financial and administrative problems

Feb 11, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CBC cuts put off core decision for a while by Hugh Winsor

CBC’s latest cuts reduce costs, but could hinder more fundamental restructuring in the future

Feb 11, 2000 — CBC Radio

Friends of CBC criticize cuts by Suzanne King

New round of layoffs in CBC English television prompt criticism of Chrétien, Rabinovitch

Jan 21, 2000 — Toronto Star

Leggo my logo by Antonia Zerbisias

Tory-heavy board complains Friends appropriated TVO logo for “I’m voting TVO” campaign it says advocated defeat of provincial government

Jan 12, 2000 — Vancouver Sun

CBC president steering clear of ratings, commercial wars by Daniel Sieberg

Robert Rabinovitch wants to reduce commercialism, return CBC to public-service roots

Jan 8, 2000 — Vancouver Sun

The CBC's war of words by Alex Strachan

CRTC is correct in assigning new licence conditions on CBC, including reducing commercials and increasing Canadian content

Jan 7, 2000 — Ottawa Citizen

Angry CBC boss: 'Just watch me' defy CRTC order by Chris Cobb

CBC president says new conditions of licence are financially impossible; threatens to defy CRTC

Jan 7, 2000 — Toronto Star

Stay tuned: CBC fights new program orders by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC president says new conditions of licence are financially impossible; threatens to defy CRTC

Jan 7, 2000 — Vancouver Sun

CBC fumes at new orders by Ken MacQueen

CBC president says new conditions of licence are financially impossible; threatens to defy CRTC

Jan 6, 2000 — Globe & Mail

CRTC, CBC head for showdown over regional programs by Heather Scoffield

Regulator’s expected call for more local television, fewer commercials will run counter to Rabinovitch’s plans for the network

Jan 3, 2000 — National Post/Ottawa Citizen

CRTC to urge CBC return to grassroots by Chris Cobb

Regulator’s expected call for more local television, fewer commercials will run counter to Rabinovitch’s plans for the network