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 18, 2004 — Vancouver Sun
Article speaks of Pauline Couture's recently published book "Ice".
Dec 3, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal
Incoming Telefilm CEO Wayne Clarkson believes that the Canadian film industry has the potential to triumph.
Dec 1, 2004 — Canadian Press
Pierre Berton made a profound contribution to Canadian culture, including broadcasting.
Nov 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Minister of Canadian Heritage says CBC must reconnect with the regions.
Nov 22, 2004 — House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.
Nov 22, 2004 — Playback Magazine
Global's executive shuffle has everyone wondering what kind of programming they will resort to in order to boost ratings.
Nov 22, 2004 — Canadian Press
Three year reappointment of Robert Rabinovitch as CBC President receives Heritage Committee approval.
Nov 20, 2004 — The Hamilton Spectator
CRTC decision to allow Bell to enter the cable television market could coincide with another wave of industry consolidation.
Nov 20, 2004 — Toronto Star
Funding cuts have forced CBC to become dependent on sports programming in order to meet statutory obligations.
Nov 16, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen
CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.
Nov 12, 2004 — The Star Phoenix
FRIENDS criticizes Robert Rabinovitch for failing to protect regional programming in a mock report card grading his performance.
Nov 12, 2004 — The Times Colonist
FRIENDS gives Robert Rabinovitch a C minus for his performance as CBC president.
Nov 8, 2004 — Playback Magazine
With Rabinovitch's generally solid record, his term is likely to be extended, groups say.
Nov 6, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS report card on CBC President gives him a barely passing grade; Liberal minority on House of Commons Heritage Committee should mean review of reappointment proposal will not be a "rubber stamp".
Nov 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail
PMO proposal to reappoint current CBC president Robert Rabinovitch viewed as safe choice.
Nov 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Prime Minister's Office proposes the extension of Robert Rabinovitch's term; he is scheduled to appear before the Canadian heritage committee in the next few weeks.
Nov 4, 2004 — CBC News
Prime Minister Martin proposes to reappoint Robert Rabinovitch CBC president, if a parliamentary committee approves.
Nov 4, 2004 — Canadian Press
Groups say decision to refer CBC presidency proposal to parliamentary committee is a step in the right direction but that ultimately, the board should make the appointment.
Nov 4, 2004 — Canadian Press
Prime Minister Martin hands off Rabinovitch reappointment to the Commons heritage committee and the cabinet; groups say this is an improvement but maintain that decision should ultimately be made by the board of directors.
Nov 1, 2004 — Globe & Mail
CRTC must weigh the potential risk of grey market activity if U.S. satellite radio services are not licensed against a significant threat to Canadian content.
Nov 1, 2004 — CBC News
FRIENDS criticizes low quantity of Canadian programming in two of the three proposed satellite pay radio applications currently before the CRTC.
Oct 28, 2004 — Globe & Mail
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development urged Canada to drop its restrictions on foreign ownership, including in broadcasting - a suggestion rejected by Industry Minister David Emerson.
Oct 23, 2004 — Toronto Star
The appointment of the current CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, will reportedly be extended.
Oct 21, 2004 — Journal de Montréal
FRIENDS says the CBC should replace Hockey Night in Canada with Canadian junior league hockey instead of Hollywood films.
Oct 20, 2004 — CBC
CBC contends that "Movie Night in Canada" is a necessary evil.
Oct 19, 2004 — Journal de Montréal
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says CBC should be replacing Saturday night hockey with junior hockey rather than American blockbusters.
Oct 19, 2004 — Toronto Star
CBC defends decision to air foreign film programming instead of Canadian hockey on Hockey Night in Canada despite effect of tripling foreign content during prime time.
Oct 18, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS says CBC decision to air foreign movies during the NHL lockout regrettable, will reduce Canadian content to 1980s levels.
Oct 9, 2004 — Regina Leader Post
Conservatives argue former Minister of Heritage Helene Scherrer used ministerial funds to promote Liberal Party at Banff Television Festival while Liberals maintain she was acting in her role as Minister.
Oct 7, 2004 — Canadian Press
CBC's Opening Night and The Newsroom as well as CTV's Corner Gas are nominated for International Emmy Awards.
Oct 5, 2004 — La Presse
Rumours that Paul Martin's former principal secretary is being considered for appointment to the presidency of the CBC make it unclear the Prime Minister is committed to reforming the process of patronage political appointments.
Oct 4, 2004 — Maclean's
Arguments for and against allowing Fox News to broadcast in Canada.
Oct 2, 2004 — Regina Leader Post
The growth of specialty channels is right on track, industry experts say.
Sep 24, 2004 — Toronto Star
Groups say it is time that top positions at the CBC were filled transparently and at arm's length from government.
Sep 23, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS cites report showing appointments to CBC Board and presidency have often been made based on political affiliation rather than merit, calls for reform of appointments process.
Sep 23, 2004 — CBC News
FRIENDS calls for change in the way the government selects the CBC president and Board of Directors.
Sep 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Article says a new Friends of Canadian Broadcasting report has provided evidence of patronage in CBC board appointments, but this is just one of many problems with the federal government's appointments process.
Sep 13, 2004 — Playback Magazine
FRIENDS says CTV taking advantage of CRTC, seeking end run around licence in order to compete directly with CBC Newsworld.
Aug 27, 2004 — Le Devoir
Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.
Aug 25, 2004 — Conservative Party of Canada
The first written response FRIENDS has seen to any of hundreds of persons who have shared their letters to Stephen Harper with us since April 2004, including our own letters of May 19, June 11 and June 14.
Aug 14, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal
As recent events generate controversy over the role of the CRTC, some argue that this outburst of public debate only proves the necessity of the regulator's existence.
Aug 12, 2004 — The Calgary Herald
The CRTC is a threat to freedom of expression and a relic of the past and should be abolished, columnist says.
Aug 12, 2004 — The Guelph Mercury
CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM raises a host of tricky questions.
Aug 7, 2004 — Globe & Mail
FRIENDS and others outline the qualities required of the next head of Telefilm Canada.
Aug 5, 2004 — National Post
Small producters say the production of Canadian entertainment, especially children's shows, comedy and documentaries, can be lucrative, but state no sustainable business model exists for Canadian drama.
Aug 2, 2004 — Playback Magazine
As Richard Stursberg leaves Telefilm Canada before the expiration of his mandate, many wonder about the decisions and challenges the organization now faces.
Aug 2, 2004 — Playback Magazine
The Canadian broadcast industry appears thrilled by the appointement of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Jul 30, 2004 — Premier of British Columbia
B.C. Premier confirms province is still considering "new delivery models" for the province's public educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network; a March 2004 FRIENDS poll showed 69% of British Columbians oppose its privatization.
Jul 24, 2004 — Globe & Mail
New Vice-President of CBC English Television, Richard Stursberg, denies he personally penned a report suggesting that the CBC be made into three specialty channels, among other proposals.
Jul 22, 2004 — Toronto Star
The appointment of Richard Stursberg to CBC's top job is receiving mixed reviews.
Jul 22, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen
Richard Stursberg is appointed Executive Vice President in charge of English Television at CBC/Radio Canada despite having once suggested that the English TV network be eliminated.
Jul 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Many shocked and some dismayed as Robert Rabinovitch names Richard Stursberg executive vice-president of English television for CBC/Radio-Canada.
Jul 21, 2004 — St. John's Telegram
Liza Frulla's appointment as Canadian Minister of Heritage is well received by ACTRA, CRIA and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Jul 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail
New Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla praised as star Cabinet appointment; numerous commentators note her cultural and media credentials.
Jul 16, 2004 — Montreal Gazette
CRTC not hurting free speech with CHOI decision, but inviting better use of public airwaves, columnist says.
Jul 13, 2004 — Premier of Ontario
Ontario premier says TVO will not be sold "in order to pay for the ongoing operation of the government," but does not dismiss the possibility of changes "to make sure we're truly focused on the priorities of Ontarians."
Jul 5, 2004 — Playback
The new federal minority government may provide a welcoming space for culture groups to articulate their concerns.
Jun 25, 2004 — Cannes Lions Film Festival
Two FRIENDS public service announcements were shortlisted at international advertising festival.
Jun 24, 2004 — CBC News
Radio Noon's Ingrid Fraser interviews 2004 Dalton Camp Award Winner Danielle Devereaux.
Jun 24, 2004 — CBC News
The Liberal Party, the NDP, the Green Party and the Bloc Québécois replied to cultural coalition letter regarding their arts and culture policies.
Jun 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail
CRTC framework should be preserved; it can be used to regulate availability of offensive or dangerous Internet material, former Commissioner says.
Jun 21, 2004 — Playback
The Liberal response to cultural groups' concerns hasn't been sufficient, columnist says.
Jun 21, 2004 — Playback
Leaked policy revealing the Conservatives' plan to restructure the CRTC and relax foreign ownership restrictions has pushed Canadian culture onto the election agenda.
Jun 21, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Conservative party spokesperson says government should give CRTC's regulatory role to public servants in the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Jun 15, 2004 — Daily Variety
With the federal election just two weeks away, political concerns overshadow traditional workshop topics at Banff Television Festival.
Jun 14, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Author suggests the media are failing to contribute to an informed citizenry during elections.
Jun 14, 2004 — Toronto Star
One of three winning essays in the FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting 2004 Dalton Camp Award.
Jun 12, 2004 — Montreal Gazette
Daryl Duke, who will be awarded the John Drainie Award at the 2004 Banff Television Festival, says Canadian broadcasting and Canadian identity are under threat. Duke is a member of the Steering Committee of FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
Jun 8, 2004 — Toronto Star
Conservative candidate calls for funding halt to "Communist Broadcasting Corporation", says national public broadcaster is a mouthpiece for the federal Liberal party and drives audiences away from private broadcasters.
Jun 6, 2004 — Toronto Star
Editorial says media conglomerates' stake in the outcome of the federal election makes them reluctant to cover media and cultural policy issues, with the result that these issues are largely being ignored.
Jun 1, 2004 — Le Journal de Montréal
Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, pursues post-political career as political analyst.
May 27, 2004 — Letter from the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Paul Martin confirms the federal government is reviewing foreign ownership rules, but says the impact on Canadian culture is being taken into account.
May 27, 2004 — CBC News
FRIENDS, Heritage Canada Foundation aim to keep cultural issues part of pre-election debate.
May 26, 2004 — Vancouver Province
Federal leaders are using patriotism as a campaign tactic, and Stephen Harper, to some, comes up short.
May 24, 2004 — Playback
FRIENDS releases two new polls on state of public broadcasting, informs Senate committee and Dalton McGuinty of the results.
May 23, 2004 — Toronto Star
Campaign performance rather than polls are likely to decide the outcome of the 2004 federal election.
May 20, 2004 — Ontario Securities Commission
The Ontario Securities Commission has temporarily suspended trading by directors, officers and insiders of Alliance Atlantis Communications.
May 20, 2004 — Toronto Star
Conservative party leader echoes Asper family call for commercialization of parts of CBC that "compete" with private broadcasters.
May 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail
FRIENDS surprised and concerned after Conservative party leader muses that CBC English TV and CBC Radio Two be commercialized.
May 19, 2004 — CPAC
CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the results of FRIENDS' pre-election polling on the CBC, foreign ownership of communications, and media concentration.
May 19, 2004 — Le Devoir
FRIENDS survey reveals voter attitudes to Canadian culture on the eve of a federal election.
May 19, 2004 — Canadian Press
Nine out of 10 respondents to FRIENDS survey agreed that strengthening Canadian culture and identity is important as Canada-U.S. economic ties increase.
May 15, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Fears of privatization at TVOntario are resulting in programming paranoia, and a narrow interpretation of broadcaster's educational mandate.
May 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail
Friends poll shows Canadians want a stronger CBC, less media concentration and a Canadian-owned broadcasting system.
May 14, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post
FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.
May 13, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS presents results of pre-election media issues poll to Senate Committee.
May 11, 2004 — Montreal Gazette
RCMP requests that Friends pull TV spot featuring Mountie uniform.
May 11, 2004 — National Post
Friends withdraws public service ad depicting actor in Mountie uniform.
May 10, 2004 — CBC News
RCMP complains about use of background image of Mountie in one of FRIENDS' Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements.
May 10, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS withdraws one of four Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements at request of RCMP.
May 10, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter
RCMP objects to use of Mountie image in FRIENDS public service announcement, despite having licensed intellectual property to Disney in the 1990s.
May 8, 2004 — Toronto Star
There are many reasons why the CBC is having trouble finding a new head of English TV.
May 7, 2004 — Toronto Star
CRTC announces new ad-time incentives for Canadian programming; Global reveals a reality-heavy season lineup.
May 6, 2004 — Canadian Press
CRTC proposes advertising minutes incentive for broadcasters to air Canadian drama in prime time, calls on government for long-term solution to drama funding problems.
May 5, 2004 — Competition Bureau
The federal Competition Bureau responds to a complaint that the Rogers/Newcap Sales Management Agreement may constitute a criminal conspiracy under Canadian competition laws.
Mar 29, 2004 — CBC News
FRIENDS poll shows majority of British Columbians support maintaining public ownership of Knowledge Network.
Mar 29, 2004 — Vancouver Province
In a survey, 69 percent of B.C. residents opposed selling the educational broadcaster Knowledge Network to a private company.
Mar 28, 2004 — Canadian Press
B.C. plan to seek private sector "operating partner" for public educational television network opposed by majority of British Columbians.
Mar 22, 2004 — New Winnipeg
Article on FRIENDS speech to Canadian University Press conference links foreign ownership and media concentration, broadcasting and print journalism.
Mar 18, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post
FRIENDS public meeting in Regina told foreign ownership of Canadian media would move decision-making on Canadian programs south.
Mar 17, 2004 — Edmonton Sun
FRIENDS public meeting in Edmonton reiterates call to maintain existing foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian media and communications.
Mar 17, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS notes that despite reforms, the president of CBC will still be appointed by the Prime Minister rather than the CBC Board.
Mar 16, 2004 — Winnipeg Sun
Winnipeg public meeting urges federal government to "do nothing" on foreign ownership.
Mar 16, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press
Speakers at well-attended public meeting in Winnipeg support leaving communications sector foreign ownership restrictions as they are.
Mar 16, 2004 — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Alternative federal budget discusses importance of public investment in CBC, Canadian broadcasting and Canadian culture (see pp. 33-34).
Mar 14, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS recalls Sheila Copps'
Mar 14, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press
FRIENDS public meetings on foreign ownership move to Winnipeg.
Mar 9, 2004 — Vancouver Sun
Public meetings show cabinet ministers' constituents care about maintaining Canadian control of media and communications.
Mar 8, 2004 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS meeting channels public concern over plans to open Canadian media and communications sectors to foreign ownership.
Mar 1, 2004 — Playback
FRIENDS believes TVO would pose certain regulatory and financial problems for a private operator, notes that privatization has been proposed before.
Feb 27, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter
FRIENDS: CRTC denial of CHUM's Alberta licence applications likely ensures stronger demand for Craig Media.
Feb 26, 2004 — National Post
FRIENDS opposes the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions.
Jan 16, 2004 — Cablecaster
A group of unions, actors and Canadian cultural nationalists pledged to fight any increase in foreign ownership of Canadian media and telecom companies.
Jan 16, 2004 — CBC Radio
Canada's new Minister of Canadian Heritage says she will do things differently; her first challenge will be dealing with media foreign ownership.
Jan 16, 2004 — Canada NewsWire
Most Canadians support the maintenance of controls on the foreign ownership of our media and telecommunications companies, a national opinion poll shows.
Jan 13, 2004 — Toronto Star
Moses Znaimer may succeed Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario.
Jan 13, 2004 — Toronto Star
Censorship is wrong, but Aspers' suggestion of a Senate inquiry on the matter is inconsistent with their view that the government keep out of the media business.
Jan 12, 2004 — Toronto Star
Technological advantages aside, FRIENDS says high definition television is primarily a vehicle for delivering higher income viewers to advertisers.
Jan 11, 2004 — Toronto Star
Obstacles to communications sector foreign ownership are fading with Paul Martin as Prime Minister, which could quickly lead to U.S. conglomerates buying up our television networks and cable companies.
Jan 9, 2004 — Toronto Star
Provincial Liberal government will reportedly replace Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario, though she would continue to serve as part-time chair.
Jan 7, 2004 — Edmonton Sun
Private broadcasters and Alliance Atlantis point to U.S. competition and advantage to explain the lack of Canadian stories on domestic television screens.
Jan 5, 2004 — Playback
Lukewarm coverage of Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage report, Our Cultural Sovereignty, is argued to reflect the censorship by omission that can result from media concentration.
Jan 2, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter
Possible increases in media cross-ownership and loosened foreign ownership limits would dramatically change the Canadian television industry.