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FRIENDS in the News — 2004

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 18, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

An author who warmed to her subject by Rebecca Wigod

Article speaks of Pauline Couture's recently published book "Ice".

Dec 3, 2004 — The Edmonton Journal

New Telefilm boss knows happy ending will take some time by Katherine Monk

Incoming Telefilm CEO Wayne Clarkson believes that the Canadian film industry has the potential to triumph.

Dec 1, 2004 — Canadian Press

Author Pierre Berton made an impact on all media, not just printed word by John Mckay

Pierre Berton made a profound contribution to Canadian culture, including broadcasting.

Nov 27, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Does the CBC know what it's doing? by John Allemang

Minister of Canadian Heritage says CBC must reconnect with the regions.

Nov 22, 2004 — House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Transcript of Roundtable Discussions

Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.

Nov 22, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Global uncertainty by Sean Davidson

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

Rabinovitch reappointed as head of CBC; called 'outstanding' leader for arts

Three year reappointment of Robert Rabinovitch as CBC President receives Heritage Committee approval.

Nov 20, 2004 — The Hamilton Spectator

Bell hooks into cable TV by Steve Arnold

CRTC decision to allow Bell to enter the cable television market could coincide with another wave of industry consolidation.

Nov 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Is CBC addicted to sports? by Chris Zelkovich

Funding cuts have forced CBC to become dependent on sports programming in order to meet statutory obligations.

Nov 16, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC asks for an extra $100M to save regional programming by Chris Cobb

CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.

Nov 12, 2004 — The Star Phoenix

Group criticizes CBC by Tim Naumetz

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 of CBC give Rabinovitch low grade

FRIENDS gives Robert Rabinovitch a C minus for his performance as CBC president.

Nov 8, 2004 — Playback Magazine

Two more years? by Sean Davidson

With Rabinovitch's generally solid record, his term is likely to be extended, groups say.

Nov 6, 2004 — Canadian Press

TV watchdog gives CBC head passing mark as committee to review re-appointment

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

Martin reappoints CBC head at 11th hour by Jane Taber and Gayle MacDonald

PMO proposal to reappoint current CBC president Robert Rabinovitch viewed as safe choice.

Nov 5, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Government proposes new term for CBC boss by Jennifer Chen

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

PM to reappoint Rabinovitch as head of CBC

Prime Minister Martin proposes to reappoint Robert Rabinovitch CBC president, if a parliamentary committee approves.

Nov 4, 2004 — Canadian Press

Government proposes that Rabinovitch be rappointed head of CBC

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

The Liberal government is proposing that Robert Rabinovitch be reappointed head of the CBC.

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

Radio hearings hinge on content by Richard Blackwell

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

Pay-radio hopefuls face the CRTC

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

Drop foreign-owner rules: OECD by Terry Weber

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

Network to extend Rabinovitch's term by Rick Westhead

The appointment of the current CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, will reportedly be extended.

Oct 21, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

CBC: le cinéma presque aussi écouté que le hockey by Pierre Trudel

FRIENDS says the CBC should replace Hockey Night in Canada with Canadian junior league hockey instead of Hollywood films.

Oct 20, 2004 — CBC

Letter from George Smith, Senior Vice President, CBC

CBC contends that "Movie Night in Canada" is a necessary evil.

Oct 19, 2004 — Journal de Montréal

Au lieu de films américains CBC est invitée à diffuser des matchs juniors

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's movie programming not far off hockey audience by Chris Zelkovich

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

Can-con advocates attack CBC's 'Movie Night in Canada'

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

Parties squabble over travel by Tim Naumetz

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, CTV gain world-wide fame

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

Nominations partisanes dénoncées à la SRC par Nathaëlle Morissette

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

Pro and Con

Arguments for and against allowing Fox News to broadcast in Canada.

Oct 2, 2004 — Regina Leader Post

TV audiences tuning in by John McKay

The growth of specialty channels is right on track, industry experts say.

Sep 24, 2004 — Toronto Star

End cronyism when filling CBC top jobs, Martin urged

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

End patronage at CBC, groups urge Martin

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

Media watchdog calls for changes to CBC appointments

FRIENDS calls for change in the way the government selects the CBC president and Board of Directors.

Sep 23, 2004 — Globe & Mail

A host of top jobs still unfilled by John Ibbitson

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

Newsnet asks CRTC to review licence by Sean Davidson

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

Affaire Néron, CHOI-FM, CKAC... by Pierre Dubuc

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

Response of Hon. Stephen Harper to FRIENDS Supporter's Request for Clarification of Policy on Public Broadcasting

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

Fight for the Airwaves by Liane Faulder

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

Canada's culture commissars by Kenneth Green

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 decision goes to the heart of freedom of speech by Peter Black

CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM raises a host of tricky questions.

Aug 7, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Betting on Telefilm's next head is now open by Sandra Martin

FRIENDS and others outline the qualities required of the next head of Telefilm Canada.

Aug 5, 2004 — National Post

Small, nimble and smart by Michelle DaCruz

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

Telefilm in lurch as Stursberg departs by Ian Edwards

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

Industry bullish on new heritage minister by Laura Bracken

The Canadian broadcast industry appears thrilled by the appointement of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jul 30, 2004 — Premier of British Columbia

Response of B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell to FRIENDS Supporter's Letter Regarding the Privatization of the Knowledge Network

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 CBC-TV chief downplays thorny memo by Gayle MacDonald

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

CBC lets an outsider in by Antonia Zerbisias

The appointment of Richard Stursberg to CBC's top job is receiving mixed reviews.

Jul 22, 2004 — Ottawa Citizen

He wanted CBC-TV gone; now he's boss by Tony Atherton

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

CBC staffers shocked as outsider gets top job by Gayle MacDonald

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

Arts industry optimistic over appointment of minister by John Mckay

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 cabinet members confident they can get job done

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 is doing its job: CHOI ruling by Marc Raboy

CRTC not hurting free speech with CHOI decision, but inviting better use of public airwaves, columnist says.

Jul 13, 2004 — Premier of Ontario

Letter from Dalton McGuinty re TVO

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

Liberal minority could push culture agenda by Laura Bracken

The new federal minority government may provide a welcoming space for culture groups to articulate their concerns.

Jun 25, 2004 — Cannes Lions Film Festival

51st International Advertising Festival Film Shortlist

Two FRIENDS public service announcements were shortlisted at international advertising festival.

Jun 24, 2004 — CBC News

A Memorial University student is the winner of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's third annual Dalton Camp Award

Radio Noon's Ingrid Fraser interviews 2004 Dalton Camp Award Winner Danielle Devereaux.

Jun 24, 2004 — CBC News

Politicians respond to ACTRA on arts issues

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

We have a weapon against porn by Andrew Cardozo

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

Grit opportunity missed by Peter Vamos

The Liberal response to cultural groups' concerns hasn't been sufficient, columnist says.

Jun 21, 2004 — Playback

Tory policy points to media rules shakeup by Laura Bracken

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

Tories set to bring CRTC duties in-house by Sandra Martin

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

Banff takes to the stump by Elizabeth Guider

With the federal election just two weeks away, political concerns overshadow traditional workshop topics at Banff Television Festival.

Jun 14, 2004 — Kitchener-Waterloo Record

An uninformed electorate is a dangerous thing by George Burrett

Author suggests the media are failing to contribute to an informed citizenry during elections.

Jun 14, 2004 — Toronto Star

Time to revamp the news by Myles Leslie

One of three winning essays in the FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting 2004 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 12, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Champion of Canadian broadcasting honoured at Banff fest by Alex Strachan

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

Tory wants funding for CBC switched off by Caroline Mallan

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

Campaign silent on media issues

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

Sheila Copps à TQS : d’abord et avant tout une politicienne

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, pursues post-political career as political analyst.

May 27, 2004 — Letter from the Prime Minister

Letter to FRIENDS from Prime Minister Paul Martin re: foreign ownership of media and communications

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

Keep culture in mind during election: arts groups

FRIENDS, Heritage Canada Foundation aim to keep cultural issues part of pre-election debate.

May 26, 2004 — Vancouver Province

Missing Canadian 'identity' hurts Harper's Conservatives by James McNulty

Federal leaders are using patriotism as a campaign tactic, and Stephen Harper, to some, comes up short.

May 24, 2004 — Playback

Canadians favor strong public 'casters by Mark Dillon

FRIENDS releases two new polls on state of public broadcasting, informs Senate committee and Dalton McGuinty of the results.

May 23, 2004 — Toronto Star

Why call an election now? by Graham Fraser

Campaign performance rather than polls are likely to decide the outcome of the 2004 federal election.

May 20, 2004 — Ontario Securities Commission

OSC Issues Management Cease Trade Order against Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Insiders

The Ontario Securities Commission has temporarily suspended trading by directors, officers and insiders of Alliance Atlantis Communications.

May 20, 2004 — Toronto Star

Harper's comments worry CBC friends by Graham Fraser

Conservative party leader echoes Asper family call for commercialization of parts of CBC that "compete" with private broadcasters.

May 20, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Harper's CBC views draw fire by Joe Friesen

FRIENDS surprised and concerned after Conservative party leader muses that CBC English TV and CBC Radio Two be commercialized.

May 19, 2004 — CPAC

CPAC Talk Politics with Ken Rockburn: Interview with Ian Morrison (QuickTime 88 MB)

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

Un nombre élevé de Canadiens veulent que la culture et l’identité canadiennes soient solidifiées par Paul Cauchon

FRIENDS survey reveals voter attitudes to Canadian culture on the eve of a federal election.

May 19, 2004 — Canadian Press

Gender, politics divide cultural views, survey finds

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

TV woe by Catherine Dawson March

Fears of privatization at TVOntario are resulting in programming paranoia, and a narrow interpretation of broadcaster's educational mandate.

May 14, 2004 — Globe & Mail

Canadians say CBC helps distinguish us from U.S.

Friends poll shows Canadians want a stronger CBC, less media concentration and a Canadian-owned broadcasting system.

May 14, 2004 — Regina Leader-Post

Watchdog group offers broadcasting wish list

FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.

May 13, 2004 — Canadian Press

Broadcast watchdog cites survey in push to preserve Canadian TV content

FRIENDS presents results of pre-election media issues poll to Senate Committee.

May 11, 2004 — Montreal Gazette

Mounties felt ad content was a little too Canadian

RCMP requests that Friends pull TV spot featuring Mountie uniform.

May 11, 2004 — National Post

Ad pulled for unauthorized use of RCMP uniform

Friends withdraws public service ad depicting actor in Mountie uniform.

May 10, 2004 — CBC News

Mounties object to TV commercial

RCMP complains about use of background image of Mountie in one of FRIENDS' Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements.

May 10, 2004 — Canadian Press

Lobby group agrees to pull TV promo

FRIENDS withdraws one of four Tell Canadian Stories public service announcements at request of RCMP.

May 10, 2004 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's Mounties Bust TV Lobby Group by Etan Vlessing

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

Help Wanted. Fast.

There are many reasons why the CBC is having trouble finding a new head of English TV.

May 7, 2004 — Toronto Star

Make a Canadian drama, get a reward by John McKay

CRTC announces new ad-time incentives for Canadian programming; Global reveals a reality-heavy season lineup.

May 6, 2004 — Canadian Press

Federal broadcast regulator dangles more ad time as Canadian drama incentive by John McKay

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

Letter from Competition Bureau, Criminal Matters Branch, to Sudbury Chamber of Commerce re: Rogers/Newcap Sales Management Agreement

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

Poll shows support for B.C. public television

FRIENDS poll shows majority of British Columbians support maintaining public ownership of Knowledge Network.

Mar 29, 2004 — Vancouver Province

Network sale opposed

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

British Columbians oppose privatization of Knowledge Network, poll shows by Tiffany Crawford

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

Stopping the Big Sell-Off by Jonathan Tan

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

Group fights relaxing of foreign-ownership rules by Andrew Ehrkamp

FRIENDS public meeting in Regina told foreign ownership of Canadian media would move decision-making on Canadian programs south.

Mar 17, 2004 — Edmonton Sun

A warning not to sell our culture by Mindelle Jacobs

FRIENDS public meeting in Edmonton reiterates call to maintain existing foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian media and communications.

Mar 17, 2004 — Canadian Press

Minister says patronage appointments to refugee board are out

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

Preserving our culture by Kathleen Martens

Winnipeg public meeting urges federal government to "do nothing" on foreign ownership.

Mar 16, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press

Foreign-owner curbs backed by Martin Cash

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 2004: Rebuilding the Foundations

Alternative federal budget discusses importance of public investment in CBC, Canadian broadcasting and Canadian culture (see pp. 33-34).

Mar 14, 2004 — Canadian Press

Sheila's temper heating up by Alexander Panetta

FRIENDS recalls Sheila Copps' 

Mar 14, 2004 — Winnipeg Free Press

Canadian cable TV in peril: lobbyists by Brad Oswald

FRIENDS public meetings on foreign ownership move to Winnipeg.

Mar 9, 2004 — Vancouver Sun

Keep limits on foreign control of broadcasting, groups urge by Michael McCullough

Public meetings show cabinet ministers' constituents care about maintaining Canadian control of media and communications.

Mar 8, 2004 — Canadian Press

Threat of foreign ownership of Canada's media sparks protest in Victoria by Dirk Meissner

FRIENDS meeting channels public concern over plans to open Canadian media and communications sectors to foreign ownership.

Mar 1, 2004 — Playback

TVO going private? by Sean Davidson

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

CRTC nixes expansion bid by Canada b'caster Chum by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS: CRTC denial of CHUM's Alberta licence applications likely ensures stronger demand for Craig Media.

Feb 26, 2004 — National Post

March ruling expected on foreign cable ownership by Ian Jack

FRIENDS opposes the lifting of foreign ownership restrictions.

Jan 16, 2004 — Cablecaster

Actors and unions to mount campaign to keep media and telecom Canadian

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

Canadian Heritage Minister by Sandra Abma

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

Canadians say NO to foreign ownership

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

Out of the Wilderness by Antonia Zerbisias

Moses Znaimer may succeed Isabel Bassett as CEO of TVOntario.

Jan 13, 2004 — Toronto Star

Conan crew's censorship of Post not funny by Antonia Zerbisias

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

Wrinkles are harder to hide on HDTV by Christian Cotroneo

Technological advantages aside, FRIENDS says high definition television is primarily a vehicle for delivering higher income viewers to advertisers.

Jan 11, 2004 — Toronto Star

Will our cable guys strike gold? by Linda McQuaig

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

Bassett role at TVO to change by Robert Benzie

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

American TV Shows Grip Canadian Viewers by Mindelle Jacobs

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

Report? What report? Critics warn that media concentration is threatening debate and broadcast reform by Sean Davidson

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

Canada TV might face big changes by Etan Vlessing

Possible increases in media cross-ownership and loosened foreign ownership limits would dramatically change the Canadian television industry.