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FRIENDS in the News — 2003

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 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC change urged by Guy Dixon

CBC reacts to media coverage of internal study that recommends image changes for CBC News.

Dec 23, 2003 — Financial Times

Television by Tim Gardem

New Zealand is a revealing example of the impact on diversity in the broadcasting system when public service television is replaced by a market-driven funding model.

Dec 15, 2003 — Canadian Media Guild Press Release

One Union at CBC: Guild wins vote

CBC employees across the country (with the exception of the province of Quebec and the city of Moncton, NB) have chosen the Canadian Media Guild as their sole bargaining agent.

Dec 9, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Martin seen as champion by Etan Vlessing

Due to his actions while Finance Minister, the domestic film and television industry believes Paul Martin can reverse the damage caused by the previous government's withdrawal of support and the rising Canadian dollar.

Dec 2, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Will Al-Jazeera win its war? by James Adams

Protests from bodies such as the Canadian Jewish Congress are unlikely to stop the CRTC from licensing the Arab station Al-Jazeera.

Nov 24, 2003 — Playback

Fate of Lincoln report falls to Martin by Laura Bracken

The government's lukewarm official response to the Lincoln report has left many in the industry fearful the two-year, 872-page study will end up a victim of bad political timing.

Nov 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

Major changes to TV fund by John McKay

Changes to CTF are something FRIENDS has been recommending for years.

Nov 18, 2003 — Victoria Times Columnist

Audience at heart of TV fund changes by John McKay

FRIENDS applauds the creation of incentives for broadcasters to build audience as a condition of continued CTF funding.

Nov 18, 2003 — St. Thomas Times-Journal

Television Fund Being Overhauled

FRIENDS praises CTF changes that focus on the ultimate ratings success of funded productions.

Nov 18, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Revamped TV fund encourages networks to build an audience by John McKay

CTF overhaul will begin in the 2004-2005 fiscal year and focus on drama programming.

Nov 18, 2003 — National Post

Federal TV agency to focus on popularity: Canadian Television Fund by Aaron Wherry

The Canadian Television Fund has decided to make popularity its priority in funding decisions, forcing broadcasters to focus on audience-building.

Nov 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

Canadian Television Fund to focus more on viewership

FRIENDS says Canadian Television Fund changes provide an incentive for broadcasters to build audiences.

Nov 9, 2003 — Canadian Press

Copps defiant in face of impending rout by Bruce Cheadle

FRIENDS observes that Sheila Copps' eight years as Heritage Minister have been disappointing for Canada's cultural industries, in part because she lacked support in the federal Cabinet.

Nov 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC hires PR giant that excels at disasters by Chris Wattie

FRIENDS observes that firm hired to improve CBC's public image appears to be doing its job.

Nov 7, 2003 — L’Acadie Nouvelle

Ottawa fait fi des recommendations d’un comité sur le financement de la SRC

FRIENDS says the fate of the Heritage Committee's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting lies not with the current Minister, but with her successor.

Nov 7, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Copps calls for review into media ownership by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS expects that Sheila Copps' response to the House of Commons Heritage Committee report will have limited impact given the pending change of government.

Nov 6, 2003 — Department of Canadian Heritage

Government of Canada Remains Committed to a Strong Canadian Broadcasting System

Response of the Government of Canada to the report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, "Our Cultural Sovereignty".

Oct 15, 2003 — VisionTV

VisionTV supports “Tell Canadian Stories” campaign

VisionTV and its sister station One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel are lending their support to the “Tell Canadian Stories” campaign launched in September by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 9, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Izzy saw himself as the underdog by Margaret Wente

Despite being one of Canada's most successful and honoured men, Izzy Asper never got rid of the chip on his shoulder.

Oct 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Duking it out in Canadian drama by Gayle MacDonald

Daryl Duke received a lifetime achievement award last weekend from the Directors Guild of Canada.  He is a longstanding member of the Steering Committee of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 29, 2003 — CPAC

CPAC Talk Politics with Ken Rockburn: Interview with Ian Morrison (QuickTime 64 MB)

CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the origins and objectives of the Tell Canadian Stories campaign.

Sep 29, 2003 — Canadian Press

CRTC seeks comments on Canadian content issue

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television.

Sep 27, 2003 — Canadian Press

CRTC wants ideas

FRIENDS cites 1999 CRTC television policy decision as key reason for decline in Canadian drama.

Sep 27, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Waiting out the Chrétien regime by James Adams

Fact that CBC kept mum on $10m funding cut suggests management is focused on the bigger picture of how the public broadcaster will be treated under a Paul Martin government.

Sep 26, 2003 — CRTC News Release

CRTC seeks comments from the public on how to support Canadian television drama

CRTC calls for comments on ways to improve quantity of Canadian TV drama on Canadian television. FRIENDS plans to make submissions.

Sep 21, 2003 — Canadian Press

TV ads poke fun at Hollywood's knowledge of Canada

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting's television campaign urges more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 19, 2003 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada homegrown pitch spoofs U.S. film shoots by Etan Vlessing

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

Scary ads call for TV support by Martin Knelman

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — Canadian Press

TV lobby unveils ad campaign urging more Canadian content

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 17, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Campaign pitches homegrown TV

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting begins national television campaign urging more Canadian drama on prime-time TV.

Sep 15, 2003 — Playback

Campaign aims to spur public on drama crisis by Peter Vamos

Friends television campaign intends to raise the public's "share of mind" on the issue of Canadian programming on television.

Sep 13, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Two-headed government: a Canadian first by Jeffrey Simpson

Paul Martin's imminent appointment as Liberal Leader will result in a Prime Minister who is not a party leader, and a party leader who is not Prime Minister.

Aug 1, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

More public input sought for Canuck TV

FRIENDS urges Heritage Minister Sheila Copps to make sure a consultation process on the Canadian Television Fund open to the public, not just industry players.

Jul 10, 2003 — Toronto Star

Heritage report buried by Antonia Zerbisias

Coverage of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's recommendations on Canadian broadcasting has been sparse.

Jul 1, 2003 — The Hill Times

Senate's doing one of the most ambitious media studies in history by Molly Amoli K. Shinhat

The Senate Transport and Communications Committee's study of Canadian media is one of the most ambitious of its kind. FRIENDS sees a "potential virtuous link" between the Senate study and the Heritage Committee's recent report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 24, 2003 — National Post

No new money for CBC, would-be PM Copps says by Barbara Shecter

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps states that she would not increase base funding to the CBC if elected Prime Minister.

Jun 23, 2003 — Canadian Press

Cable's big cash grab?

Canadian cable companies apply to import top U.S. channels to boost digital revenues and combat satellite TV piracy. FRIENDS notes access to U.S. channels is already strong, but does not oppose the application.

Jun 23, 2003 — Canadian Press

Canadian content this! by Bruce Cheadle

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department that proposes even tighter rules for TV and film production in Canada. FRIENDS praises the principles underlying the report.

Jun 20, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Canadian companies want to carry U.S. channels by John McKay

Canada's major cable companies are applying for direct access to import and carry 17 U.S. channels. FRIENDS says access to U.S. TV is already strong.

Jun 20, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Cable wants hot channels by John McKay

Canada's major cable companies are applying for direct access to import and carry 17 U.S. channels. FRIENDS says access to U.S. TV is already strong.

Jun 19, 2003 — Victoria Times Colonist

Overhaul of Canadian content rules urged by Bruce Cheadle

In a report commissioned by the heritage department, François Macerola says Canadian-content rules in film and television need a dramatic overhaul and should be centralized under one federal organization. FRIENDS notes Canadian content is a complex subject that defies simple solutions.

Jun 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Canadian content overhaul urged by Simon Tuck

The Macerola report recommends that the federal government's formula for defining Canadian content in film and television be overhauled. FRIENDS applauds the report's principles and tone.

Jun 18, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Cancon rules need overhaul by Bruce Cheadle

Jun 18, 2003 — The Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Report recommends overhaul of Canadian content rules CCTA

Jun 18, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Report pushes CanCon overhaul

Jun 18, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Report suggests 'Cancon' overhaul by Bruce Cheadle

Jun 18, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Canadian content rules need overhaul: report

In a report commissioned by the heritage department, François Macerola says Canadian-content rules in film and television need a dramatic overhaul and should be centralized under one federal organization. FRIENDS notes Canadian content is a complex subject that defies simple solutions.

Jun 15, 2003 — Toronto Star

Big Media get their comeuppance by Antonia Zerbisias

Media moguls are disappointed with Heritage Committee's recommendations for Canadian Broadcasting

Jun 12, 2003 — Canoe

Keep lid on foreign ownership, put hold on media convergence: report by Bruce Cheadle

A study by the House of Commons heritage committee has made significant recommendations on foreign ownership limits, media convergence, CBC accountability, and funding for CBC, the Canadian Television Fund, and local and regional programming. The government says it's in no hurry to respond.

Jun 12, 2003 — Toronto Star

Cross-ownership under attack by Graham Fraser

The House of Commons heritage committee says a moratorium is needed on broadcast licences for media companies seeking to own both television networks and newspapers.

Jun 12, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Vast overhaul of broadcast industry needed: study by Simon Tuck

The House of Commons heritage committee has come to very different conclusions than the industry committee did a few weeks ago. FRIENDS calls the heritage committee's report "groundbreaking".

Jun 11, 2003 — National Post

Media buyers face record price run-up by Barbara Shecter

Canada's major television networks are increasing the fees they charge advertisers to place spots on their prime shows.

Jun 6, 2003 — National Post

Tremonti's latest

National Post condemns Anna Maria Tremonti.

Jun 6, 2003 — Toronto Star

The danger of mourning strangers by Leslie Vryenhoek

Leslie Vryenhoek's essay is one of three winning entries in the 2003 Dalton Camp Award announced today by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 4, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

CTV touts Canadiana in fall movies by John McKay

Three new Canadian series and four U.S. imports will be added to the fall prime-time lineup of CTV which boasts that 2003-2004 will be its "most ambitious homegrown bundle ever."

Jun 3, 2003 — Globe & Mail

FCC relaxes U.S. media ownership by Keith Damsell

FRIENDS says the relaxation of rules governing ownership of U.S. broadcasters and newspapers simply makes the U.S. market more like Canada.

May 31, 2003 — Globe & Mail

In case the Stones don't roll in... by James Adams

Private broadcasters' claims of flat revenues and declining profits rings false. According to data released by FRIENDS, private networks are increasing their purchases of foreign at the expense of Canadian programming.

May 29, 2003 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians want more American shows by Michael McCullough

English drama in Canada is in decline. The Canadian appetite for American shows has reached an all-time high.

May 25, 2003 — Toronto Star

Our actors are reduced to pitchmen by Antonia Zerbisias

News programming gives us facts, but drama conveys experience.

May 24, 2003 — Globe & Mail

TV drama sector needs state cash, report says by Simon Tuck

A report by former CBC and CTV executive Trina McQueen recommends the federal government spend $30 million a year for five years to build audiences for Canadian drama.

May 24, 2003 — Montreal Gazette

Invest more in TV drama, feds urged

Incentives recommended by a new report on Canadian drama would reward the efforts of writers and writer-producers to build audiences for their programs.

May 23, 2003 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Homegrown TV needs investment of millions, Ottawa advised

Despite a new report recommending the investment of millions in Canadian Drama, Finance Minister John Manley is holding firm on the decision to cut $25 million from the Canadian Television Fund.

May 23, 2003 — Edmonton Journal

Ottawa needs to invest more in homegrown drama

A new report calls on the prime minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage to publicly endorse the importance of Canadian drama.

May 23, 2003 — Canadian Press

More investment in homegrown TV drama good for culture and jobs: report

Trina McQueen's report calls for more investment in Canadian drama, but critics note it doesn't call for new demands on broadcasters.

May 23, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Debate over Canadian TV fund heats up by Jonathan Fowlie

A much-anticipated report says the federal government should significantly increase its investment in Canadian drama.

Apr 25, 2003 — Globe & Mail

The suspense is killing us by Tamsen Tillson

Vertically-integrated Alliance Atlantis is progressively winding down Canadian production business it has received substantial public funds to build.

Apr 18, 2003 — Toronto Star

Sportsnet and Score seeking big hikes in cable firm fees by Chris Zelkovich

Sports channels Sportsnet and the Score want CRTC to approve monthly cable fee increases borne by subscribers.  Friends opposes the increases.

Mar 17, 2003 — Toronto Star

Camp's insight is needed now by Carol Goar

Dalton Camp’s insight and principles will be missed in Canadian journalism.  In his memory, Friends has launched $5000 prize for essay on link between journalism and healthy democracy.

Mar 16, 2003 — Toronto Star

More layoffs feared at CBC

Friends fears uncertain federal budget will force $30 million in budget cuts at CBC, leading to layoffs and a decrease in regional programming.

Mar 14, 2003 — Canadian Press

Lobby group fears more CBC cuts

Friends worries federal budget uncertainty will force cost-cutting at CBC.  CBC claims extra federal funding has been confirmed.

Mar 8, 2003 — Globe & Mail

Lantos, Asper turn up heat in courtroom libel battle by Paul Waldie

Media moguls Robert Lantos and Izzy Asper trade allegations of lying, fraud and disloyalty to Canada in lawsuit stemming from Lantos’ allegedly libelous 1998 speech.

Feb 27, 2003 — Calgary Herald

Cable firms seek equal treatment in foreign investment arena by James Baxter

Cable companies asked Commons industry committee to give them same foreign ownership restrictions as telecommunications companies to increase innovation, growth, fair competition.  Friends opposes the request.

Feb 26, 2003 — Canadian Press

Cable TV industry asks MPs to eliminate foreign investment rules by John Ward

Cable companies asked Commons industry committee to give them same foreign ownership restrictions as telecommunications companies to increase innovation, growth, fair competition.  Friends opposes the request.

Feb 25, 2003 — Canadian Press

Funds dicey, but CBC has big plans by John McKay

Despite uncertainty over federal budget, CBC plans several major productions, while Canadian TV, film producers lament CTF funding cuts.  Friends urges CBC to reinvest in regional programming.

Feb 21, 2003 — Edmonton Sun

Ottawa's funding stance taxing

Friends speculates leadership politics are involved in 25% cut to the CTF that worries Canadian actors and producers.

Feb 20, 2003 — Canadian Press

Canadian TV-film industry puzzled by good and bad news in federal budget by John McKay

Friends speculates leadership politics are involved in 25% cut to the CTF that worries Canadian actors and producers.

Feb 18, 2003 — Globe & Mail

CBC advocate seen as suspect by James Adams

The creation of Our Public Airwaves reflects increasing tension between CBC’s two largest English-language unions

Feb 16, 2003 — Toronto Star

CBC boss blasts private networks by Graham Fraser

At McGill Institute for the Study of Canada conference, CBC president Robert Rabinovitch criticized private broadcasters for dumping American shows onto Canadian stations