FRIENDS in the News — 2010
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.
FRIENDS has launched a petition to re-affirm the importance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Reporter says Peterborough M.P. Dean Del Mastro is firing back at FRIENDS, saying his comments were taken out of context.
CBC uses taxpayers' dollars to fight court cases to prevent us from learning how it is spending some of our tax dollars by W.T. Stanbury
Regarding complaints against the CBC under the Access to Information Act, FRIENDS says there should be the same kind of transparency that exists as for a department within the Canadian Government.
Editor states that twenty-five years after the founding of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting the CBC is still beleaguered, and its survival is still in doubt.
Columnist says if ever an organization needed someone to blame, it was the CBC and Richard Stursberg, former vice-president of English Services, was made for that job.
FRIENDS says the CRTC approving the sale of Canwest's TV assests to Shaw further concentrates media in Canada and that "The concentration in the hands of just a few people ... is a matter of concern."
Letter to the Editor takes issue with FRIENDS' recent campaign regarding Sun News TV.
Sun Media reporter looks at FRIENDS fundraising and grassroots mobilization activities.
Columnist says while offering up kudos to Canada's public broadcaster for launching its own investigation of its news practices, FRIENDS says "shame on CBC" for "making extravagant claims about their current efforts".
FRIENDS is waiting on the information commissioner to confirm whether CBC was right to deny a request on how much the public broadcaster spent hiring a U.S. firm to revamp The National, CBC News Network and local newscasts.
In FRIENDS' brief to the Commission, spokesperson Ian Morrison writes: "FRIENDS recommends that the request for the initial three-years' mandatory access be rejected by the Commission."
Columnist says rumours of Stephen Harper attempting to oust Konrad von Finckenstein as chairman of the CRTC and trying to push "American style hate media" on Canadians is purely conjecture.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, says based on the information he has, Stephen Harper has taken a person interest in creating a right-wing, Fox-style TV station in Canada.
In an op-ed, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison says the departure of the executive responsible for CBC's English language operations presents an opportunity for all of CBC’s 34 million shareholders to reflect on what kind of national public broadcaster Canada needs.
FRIENDS says the integrity of the CRTC has to be defended.
FRIENDS says the CBC should have separate executives in charge of TV and Radio.
FRIENDS says under Stursberg's leadership, CBC's audience share in television has dwindled.
FRIENDS blames the erosion of quality broadcasting by the CBC on "inexperienced management" and says having people in charge who lack appropriate experience would be unthinkable in private sector broadcasting.
FRIENDS says a point-of-view news network doesn't fit in with CRTC policy, which requires a balance in news reporting.
FRIENDS supports the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's finding that CTVglobemedia Inc. didn’t break the rules during its “Save Local TV” campaign, but says broadcasters and distributors were both “stretching the truth” during the fee-for-carriage air war.
FRIENDS says the Canadian content void is being filled by private broadcasters like Canwest Global Communication's Global TV and CTV Inc. with Canadian-made, prime-time content increasing by 17 per cent this year.
FRIENDS says the amount of domestic-made content aired by CBC between 6-11 p.m. stands at a 30-year low, with a full quarter of weekly programming dedicated to U.S. shows.
Columnist says private broadcaster's no longer have a common front for responding to various CRTC policy initiatives, "many of which promote Canadian cultural goals at the broadcasters’ expense."
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison and 2010 Dalton Camp Award winner Ethan Rabidoux discuss the award and the man who inspired it.
In his Dalton Camp Award winning essay, Rabidoux explores the role of political cartoons in giving a outlet to the "working folk" to strike back at the elite.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting argue before the Federal Court for intervener status in a case that claims the federal government ignored the Canadian ownership requirements of the Telecommunications Act.
Blogger says FRIENDS should be more concerned about internet based television, rather than the Conservative government's agenda for the CBC.
FRIENDS says upholding the CRTC's decision to issue two new satellite radio licences signals a "black day" for Canadian media.
In a recent poll, per cent of responders agreed that Canadian broadcasting and communication companies are too important for cultural and national security reasons to be sold into foreign control.
FRIENDS says "the government has done something it doesn't have the right to do" regarding a ruling that allows Globalive a wireless license in Canada.
FRIENDS says several generations of hard work to maintain our cultural sovereignty will go down the drain if foreign ownership rules are gutted.
FRIENDS, ACTRA and CEP are backing Public Mobile in its bid to challenge the federal government's approval of Globalive and its mobile brand Wind.
ACTRA and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union join FRIENDS in backing a review of Globalive's wireless license.
FRIENDS says the CRTC decision on fee-for-carriage entrenches the power and wealth of the cable companies.
Opening foreign ownership for integrated telecom sector will impact broadcasting, Morrison tells committee by Jonathan Migneault
FRIENDS says opening up foreign ownership regulation in one sector can be expected to impact others.
The spokesperson for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting explains how the CRTC ruling about a negotiated settlement will impact TV viewers.
FRIENDS says the CRTC made a business-as-usual decision on fee-for-carriage, punting the opinion to the Federal Court of Appeal, which is months if not years away.
FRIENDS expects the CRTC to mandate compensation for local television signals and have both sides sit down to work out the value.
FRIENDS says the CRTC's deaccession on fee-for-carriage is not in the interest of Canadian viewers.
FRIENDS says the cable companies are in a financial position where they should pay for the over-the-air signals they pull in.
The CRTC is soon expected to hand down major decision in the fee-for-carriage fight between broadcasters and cable companies.
Media union executive says the fate of Canada's broadcasting industry is linked to the decisions being made in telecom and book-selling by the Conservative government.
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses how changes to foreign investment rules could impact Canadian broadcasters and the country's cultural sovereignty.
FRIENDS says that if foreign owners control telecoms and satellite companies, then cable monopolies will demand equal treatment - broadcasters will follow suit and Canadian content could suffer.
FRIENDS warns changes to the telecommunications industry could be the first step in exposing the country's broadcasters to foreign ownership.
FRIENDS says changing Canada's foreign ownership rules threatens Canadian culture and could tilt the playing field against domestic broadcasters.
FRIENDS says Shaw's decision to keep Corus at arm's length from its Canwest acquisitions might be a strategy to keep the CRTC from intervening.
FRIENDS says the end of Canwest dominance in the newspaper industry is a good thing for Canada.
FRIENDS says it is unlikely that anyone will be able to re-establish the Canwest newspaper and TV chain and restore it to the market dominance it held a decade ago.