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 23, 2006 — Globe & Mail
FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.
Dec 16, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen
FRIENDS says the CRTC must ensure a proposed high definition television network will follow Canadian content rules.
Dec 15, 2006 — CRTC
The CRTC says it will establish a new approach to Canadian content development financed by the contributions of broadcasters, but will not increase Canadian content requirements.
Dec 15, 2006 — CRTC
CRTC report finds that any negative impact on the broadcasting system from shifting media consumption patterns has been minimal to date, but the regulator will continue to monitor developments to inform public policy decisions.
Dec 6, 2006 — Media at McGill
A recount and commentary on the final day of the CRTC public hearings on over-the-air television policy, including the presentation made by FRIENDS.
Dec 2, 2006 — Brantford Expositor
The Canadian Media Guild wants the CRTC to impose new fees on cable and satellite customers to help finance new domestic programming.
Dec 1, 2006 — Toronto Star
Columnist says rumours of CBC TV anchor/senior executive relationship have trumped buzz around new news plan.
Nov 30, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS questions that a plan to return to hour-long local newscasts will be implemented given the term of the current CBC president expires in a matter of months.
Nov 29, 2006 — Kamloops Daily News
The Canadian Media Guild is citing Kamloops as CBC's test case for possible withdrawal from rural over-the-air service across the country.
Nov 23, 2006 — National Post
Television broadcasters are expected to ask for carriage fees for their TV channels from cable and satellite operators at the upcoming CRTC hearings.
Nov 22, 2006 — CBC News
FRIENDS says Stephen Harper's agenda for CBC remains hidden and welcomes the House of Commons heritage committee decision to review the broadcaster's mandate.
Nov 22, 2006 — Globe & Mail
The House of Commons heritage committee has passed a motion to begin a review of the CBC - FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be the first to testify.
Nov 7, 2006 — CBC/Radio-Canada
The Executive Vice-President, CBC Television says the broadcaster's central challenge is to make more Canadian programming that more Canadians want to watch.
Oct 30, 2006 — Maclean's
RIENDS says political insiders give media companies an edge when dealing with the government on broadcast licences and laws affecting the industry.
Oct 2, 2006 — Maclean's
FRIENDS comments on the tenure of former CBC Board Chair, Guy Fournier.
Sep 26, 2006 — This Magazine
FRIENDS says the CBC is reaching a tipping point; present circumstances could result in public investment to reduce its dependance on ad revenues.
Sep 21, 2006 — Eye Weekly
Columnist says the CBC should stop focusing for ratings and instead produce diverse shows that appeal to many different demographics.
Sep 21, 2006 — CARTT
FRIENDS says a number of current CBC Board members have more TV, production, and scheduling experience than current management has and the next CBC Chair should not be a political appointee.
Sep 21, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen
FRIENDS says the resignation of the chairman of the CBC board of directors could shift too much power to president, Robert Rabinovitch.
Sep 20, 2006 — Regina Leader-Post
FRIENDS says that a Conservative government running low in the polls would not want to weaken the CBC with board chair appointment.
Sep 20, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS says it is a dangerous situation to have the lame-duck CBC president, Robert Rabinovitch, fill the board position he answers to.
Sep 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail
Current TV is going into partnership with Yahoo! Inc. to create four new broadband channels focusing on disseminating video created by young viewers.
Sep 15, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS comments that viewers and broadcasters will continue to embrace digital TV channels.
Sep 1, 2006 — Western Standard
Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting
Aug 16, 2006 — Canadian Press
CBC says a Canadian version of televised singing contest, The One, will not air any time soon - critics say the cancellation is proof of poor decision-making at the broadcaster.
Aug 2, 2006 — Stratford Beacon Herald
Editorial agrees with FRIENDS position that the CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, and not importing American commercial programming.
Jul 31, 2006 — The Celebrity Cafe
FRIENDS says that pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show means that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.
Jul 29, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS says poor decisions such as pre-empting the national news for a failed American reality show and locking out employees for seven weeks last summer show that there's something rotten in the leadership of the CBC.
Jul 29, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen
FRIENDS calls CBC's experiment to simulcast an American TV show and bump The National from its regular time slot a fiasco.
Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail
FRIENDS says that the obvious mistake to broadcast The One raises questions about the television-production experience of CBC senior management and demonstrates the need for reform of the leadership selection process.
Jul 29, 2006 — Globe & Mail
With The One sunk, its budget shrinking, Tories in power, and fierce competition, a chorus of critics is calling on CBC-TV to go ad-free.
Jul 28, 2006 — CBC News
FRIENDS says that CBC senior management made an indefensible decision to air 'The One', the U.S. reality TV program that has since been cancelled by ABC.
Jul 28, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS says that senior CBC leadership has egg on its face after making the indefensible decision to broadcast The One.
Jul 28, 2006 — Globe & Mail
The CRTC plans to open the public review of the CHUM transaction to a broader debate on federal policies on media ownership - FRIENDS says media consolidation must be addressed.
Jul 28, 2006 — Canadian Communications Reports
FRIENDS says a precedent set with Canwest Global points to a CRTC approval of the Bell Globemedia acquisition of CHUM.
Jul 22, 2006 — Prince Edward Island Guardian
Lacklustre ratings for the debut of the American reality show that bumped The National are not impressive.
Jul 21, 2006 — CRTC
CRTC approves application by Bell Globemedia to change its effective control, concludes that new obligations under Benefits Policy will not be triggered.
Jul 19, 2006 — Toronto Star
A profile of the development of CBC's online presence; FRIENDS notes that CBC.ca has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet.
Jul 18, 2006 — CBC News
Despite criticism, CBC commences simulcast of U.S. reality television show, displacing The National on Tuesday nights east of Manitoba.
Jul 12, 2006 — Globe & Mail
Toronto arts maven Julia Foster has been named chairwoman of the board of trustees of the National Arts Centre by Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda.
Jul 10, 2006 — Playback Magazine
FRIENDS calls the ideas in a Senate committee report freeing the CBC from the ratings race "radical and impressive".
Jul 6, 2006 — Business Edge
Nineteen applicants are applying for new FM licences in the booming communities of Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie Alberta - FRIENDS says the CRTC could take six months before announcing decisions.
Jul 6, 2006 — National Post
FRIENDS says that the expected CBC mandate review that would have fuelled interest in public broadcasting was blocked on instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
Jul 1, 2006 — Globe & Mail
CRTC reports that viewership of foreign programming jumped by almost 80 per cent on CBC-TV - FRIENDS says this underlines a deeper problem.
Jun 30, 2006 — Le Journal de Montréal
The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.
Jun 30, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter
FRIENDS says CBC-TV's success at shedding foreign programs from its primetime schedule through the 1990s has been almost completely undone by senior management at CBC.
Jun 26, 2006 — La Presse Canadienne
FRIENDS believes Heritage Minister Bev Oda discreetly abandoned a plan to order a mandate review of the CBC under pressure from other members of the federal Cabinet.
Jun 23, 2006 — Toronto Star
Private broadcasters applaud a Senate committee proposing that the CBC get out of the sports broadcasting business - FRIENDS says the discussion will be moot if CTV outbids CBC for NHL hockey.
Jun 22, 2006 — Winnipeg Free Press
FRIENDS notes that CBC President Robert Rabinovitch told the Commons Heritage Committee just nine months ago that CBC doesn't do reality programming.
Jun 22, 2006 — National Post
FRIENDS contrasts statements made by CBC president Robert Rabinovich saying that the broadcaster is not interested in reality television with recent CBC Television programming decisions.
Jun 22, 2006 — CBC News
The CBC needs a full re-examination of itself to get back to its core mandate of public broadcaster, says the head of the Senate committee on transport and communications.
Jun 21, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS and Peter Mansbridge comment on 'The National' on being bumped by a U.S. reality show.
Jun 20, 2006 — Vancouver Sun
FRIENDS says CBC has a mission that involves explaining Canada to Canadians, not importing American commercial programming.
Jun 19, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS comments that CBC.ca has become a dominant and credible brand on the Internet and CBC is the most trusted source of news and information in the country.
May 19, 2006 — Edmonton Journal
FRIENDS welcomes decision to break up pay television duopoly and licence new pay television provider.
May 17, 2006 — CBC News
Listen to radio interviews from CBC's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.
May 16, 2006 — Halifax Daily News
The commercial radio lobby that seeks more flexibility from the CRTC faces opposition from groups - including FRIENDS - calling for stricter Canadian content rules on conventional radio stations.
May 15, 2006 — Globe & Mail
FRIENDS opposes plan by private broadcasters to reduce the overall quantity of Canadian content on radio.
May 12, 2006 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS opposes industry arguments for lower Canadian content requirements at CRTC hearings on commercial radio policy; seeks increase in Cancon to 40%, with at least one quarter reserved for emerging genres and artists.
Apr 30, 2006 — maikins.com
The winner of the 2008 Dalton Camp Award describes how media concentration changed the Kingston Whig-Standard from one the top independent newspapers in Canada to just another link in a chain.
Apr 28, 2006 — National Post
FRIENDS says lifting broadcasting foreign ownership restrictions does not have public support, doubts legislative amendments would be passed in a minority government situation.
Apr 24, 2006 — Le Devoir
Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.
Apr 21, 2006 — Le Devoir
FRIENDS says news that Conservative government will review mandate of CBC not a surprise, questions whether intention is to give political direction to the CRTC.
Apr 20, 2006 — Toronto Star
Article says Conservative mandate review of the CBC will not be conducted by a parliamentary committee involving former Alliance culture critic Jim Abbott; FRIENDS notes that Conservative policy on public broadcasting has changed significantly since 2004 election.
Mar 30, 2006 — Canadian Press
Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.
Mar 29, 2006 — CBC News
FRIENDS, ACTRA discouraged by CRTC data on private broadcaster investment in Canadian drama; say CRTC must strengthen requirements.
Mar 17, 2006 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS says conventional radio is a healthy industry capable of making substantial contributions to broadcasting policy goals.
Mar 16, 2006 — Globe & Mail
Private radio broadcasters paint doomsday scenario, appeal to CRTC for more lenient regulation.
Mar 1, 2006 — Canadian Press
CRTC seeks public comment on plan by BCE to sell majority ownership stake in the company that owns CTV and The Globe and Mail.
Feb 28, 2006 — Toronto Star
Columnist admits being misled by numbers released by CBC in response to ACTRA/FRIENDS press release on CBC's drama performance.
Feb 25, 2006 — Globe & Mail
Stursberg announces “audience-first” programming strategy at CBC, where new Canadian drama programs must attract a minimum of 1 million viewers; FRIENDS critical of fact that both private networks are within “Cancon-catching distance” of the federally-funded public broadcaster.
Feb 22, 2006 — Toronto Star
Text of Toronto Star columnist's blog discussing the accuracy of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV, updated to show that figures provided by CBC to counter data released by FRIENDS/ACTRA were misleading and do not allow an "apples to apples" comparison.
Feb 21, 2006 — Canadian Press
In wake of data showing CTV has more Canadian drama programming in prime time than CBC, observers criticize CBC as too focused on ratings.
Feb 21, 2006 — Toronto Star
FRIENDS, ACTRA argue CBC management drops ball on drama after data show CTV presented more prime time drama hours than CBC between 2003 and 2005.
Feb 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail
Columnist criticizes critics of CBC management, takes issue with statistics released by FRIENDS, ACTRA showing CTV presented more prime time drama than CBC between 2003 and 2005.
Feb 17, 2006 — Broadcaster Magazine
FRIENDS says data on CBC drama performance during prime time threaten its reputation as the leader in representing Canadian content.
Feb 17, 2006 — BackStage.com
Data showing CTV aired more Canadian drama in prime time than CBC between 2003 and 2005 prompt FRIENDS to reiterate call for reform of the patronage system used to appoint the CBC president.
Feb 13, 2006 — ACTRA
ACTRA says cancelled CBC drama programs This is Wonderland, Da Vinci's City Hall and The Tournament are the victims of the 2005 CBC lockout.
Feb 9, 2006 — Ottawa Sun
Expenditures on CBC Radio New Orleans benefit concert criticized; NDP Member of Parliament warns that CBC budget a focus of "budget trimmers" in the Conservative government.
Feb 7, 2006 — Canadian Press
FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.
Feb 3, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen
FRIENDS says Canada will not be far behind when the U.S. ends over-the-air analogue broadcasting, currently scheduled for February 2009; as many as one in six Canadians still rely on over-the-air signals.
Feb 2, 2006 — Globe & Mail
After five-month search, CBC recruits executive formerly in charge of lifestyle programming at Alliance-Atlantis to replace Slawko Klymkiw as executive director of English-language programming; FRIENDS says position is critical given senior management's lack of programming and scheduling experience and was left vacant too long.
Feb 1, 2006 — This Magazine
FRIENDS blames patronage appointments for CBC lockout, says appointments process as a whole must change.
Jan 25, 2006 — Hollywood Reporter
FRIENDS comments on apparent Conservative election strategy concerning the CBC.
Jan 23, 2006 — Le Devoir
Article speculates that the CBC President's days will be numbered under a Conservative government.
Jan 22, 2006 — Ottawa Citizen
Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.
Jan 20, 2006 — Globe & Mail
Article says that endorsement of Conservatives by National Post chairman and CanWest Global executive David Asper went too far.
Jan 8, 2006 — The Ottawa Sun
Columnist says that despite the CBC's past achievements, the time has come to leave broadcasting to the private sector.