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FRIENDS in the News — 2015

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 14, 2015 — AM900 CHML

Audio: Ian Morrison on AM900 CHML in Hamilton

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses the closure of CHCH TV in Hamilton with radio host Scott Thompson.

Dec 11, 2015 — Canadian Business

Hamilton’s CHCH channel cuts back on local news in an effort to save costs

FRIENDS says the changes at CHCH are a warning sign of things to come.

Dec 10, 2015 — Canada.com

Hamilton's CHCH channel cuts back on local news in an effort to save costs by David French

Hamilton's CHCH channel is cutting back on local news in an attempt to right its troubled finances and 129 full-time employees have been let go.

Dec 7, 2015 — National Post

A new era for CBC, hopefully: Things could finally start looking up for the beleaguered public broadcaster in 2016 by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the fact the public broadcaster's scandals have  been limited to English services suggests there is a management problem.

Nov 1, 2015 — Al Jazeera

Independent journalism and the future of the CBC

Al Jazeera's The Listening Post's Flo Phillips reports on the future of the CBC.

Oct 12, 2015 — The Hill Times

Peterborough-Kawartha looking to move on from Del Mastro drama by Rachel Aiello

All three main party candidates have a fair showing of election signs throughout the riding, as well as the “We Vote CBC” campaign by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Oct 2, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Stephen Harper gives CBC a rare cameo on the election trail by Kate Taylor

Columnist says an underfunded CBC is in the midst of an awkward transition to a multiplatform and global environment in which its role as a producer, distributor, curator and aggregator of Canadian news and entertainment should become more important, not less.

Oct 1, 2015 — The Gauntlet

We Need Public Broadcasting by Jason Herring

Columnist says it’s hard to imagine the CBC surviving if the trend of budget cuts continues.

Sep 30, 2015 — Calgary Herald

Canada's enduring affliction — some people love to dislike Stephen Harper by Barry Cooper

Columnist says "Harper Derangement Syndrome" seems largely confined to the media elite of Laurentian Canada. 

Sep 30, 2015 — Calgary Herald

Canada's enduring affliction — some people love to dislike Stephen Harper by Barry Cooper

Columnist says "Harper Derangement Syndrome" seems largely confined to the media elite of Laurentian Canada. 

Sep 30, 2015 — Yahoo!News

Is CBC’s audience declining as Harper claims? by Sherry Noik

FRIENDS says Stephen Harper’s assertion that his government made no cuts to the CBC’s budget is patently false.

Sep 29, 2015 — CBC News

CBC supporters rally outside broadcaster's public meeting in Winnipeg

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting concerned about funding cuts, programming changes.

Sep 29, 2015 — Le Devoir

Radio-Canada a la cote, au-delà des allégeances by Stéphane Baillargeon

According to a Nanos poll sponsored by FRIENDS, even Conservative supporters are against cuts to the public broadcaster.

Sep 29, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Canadian voters deeply divided on who they trust to protect the CBC: survey by Simon Houpt

Nanos Research survey, sponsored by FRIENDS, finds most Canadians still believe the CRTC has a vital role to play in supporting the creation of home-grown TV programming.

Sep 24, 2015 — HUFFINGTON POST CANADA

Alleged CBC Plan To Sell All Of Its Properties 'Makes No Sense': Union by Maham Abedi

Ian Morrison, spokesman for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, told the Toronto Star he had not heard the news, but compared the supposed move to "burning the furniture to heat the home."

Sep 21, 2015 — Edmonton Sun

Music icons add support to CBC by Marty Forbes

Stony Plain Records' Holger Peterson says almost every Canadian artist has had his or her first exposure via CBC airplay.

Sep 19, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

No Comment from Skinner by Adrian Peterson

Reader asks where is Peterborough's Conservative candidate Michael Skinner, and why is he not making himself available for comment via the media on local issues?

Sep 18, 2015 — Ottawa Citizen

The Gargoyle – Liberals leading in Del Mastro's old seat, poll says by Glen McGregor

FRIENDS hired Nanos Reasearch to poll in Peterborough about attitudes towards the CBC and its local affiliate, CHEX-TV. 

Sep 9, 2015 — CHEX Television

Liberals leading locally: Nanos poll by Greg Davis

In the riding of Peterborough-Kawartha, new poll numbers show the the Federal Liberal Party has taken the lead.

Sep 9, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

Liberals have edge in Peterborough-Kawartha riding, according to Nanos poll commissioned by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting as part of campaign to save CBC funding by Jason Bain

A Nanos poll commissioned by FRIENDS says 69% of residents are more likely to vote for a candidate favouring increased funding for the CBC, as opposed to 18% who would be more likely to vote for a candidate who would privatize the broadcaster - including half (48%) of those who say they have decided to vote Conservative.

Aug 26, 2015 — Inside Ottawa Valley

CBC sign adds to campaign colours on local lawns by Perth Courier

Signs from “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting,” simply say “We Vote CBC!”

Aug 26, 2015 — Toronto Sun

General Rick Hillier post to Facebook expresses dislike of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting ad

General Rick Hillier takes issue with latest FRIENDS television ad and says the CBC should "earn their own way as other networks are required to."

Aug 25, 2015 — iPolitics

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting doubling down on 2015 campaign by Janice Dickson

FRIENDS says that over the past year the group has had one priority in mind — to hold the prime minister and his party to account for the damage he’s done to the CBC.

Aug 20, 2015 — Straight.com

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting takes aim at Harper Conservatives with pro-CBC campaign by Miranda Nelson

FRIENDS is currently airing advertisements critical of the Harper government's treatment of the public broadcaster.

Aug 4, 2015 — Times Colonist

Election season begins at Mile Zero with a CBC lawn sign by Jack Knox

Columnist says FRIENDS argues the Conservatives are systematically dismantling one of the institutions that keeps Canada together.

Aug 4, 2015 — The Prince George Citizen

CBC supporters fire first election shots by Jack Knox

FRIENDS arguesthe Conservatives are systematically dismantling one of the institutions that keeps Canada together.

Aug 3, 2015 — The Telegram

Broadcaster gets boost by Joe Gibbons

FRIENDS and other advocates of public broadcasting are lobbying to save it from cutbacks.

Aug 3, 2015 — News Article

Broadcaster gets boost by Joe Gibbons

O’Keefe joined with Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, B.C., to support the CBC by placing the 800th “We Vote CBC!” lawn sign from a west coast campaign at the other Mile 0 landmark in Canada. Advocates of the broadcaster are lobbying to save it from cutbacks.

Jul 28, 2015 — Parksville Qualicum Beach News

CBC supporters will mingle in Parksville Community Park by Carli Berry

Followers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have an opportunity to share their input with local politicians.

Jul 28, 2015 — Edmonton Sun

CBC subsidy still unjustified by Lorne Gunter

Columnist says other Canadian TV channels and radio services do not get the kind of money that flows into the CBC year after year, mostly producing dreadful, dull, preachy, biased or unfunny television that almost no one watches.

Jul 25, 2015 — The Guardian

CBC still plays a role in our lives

FRIENDS says following the Senate Committee's recommendations would render the CBC as nothing more than a “transmitter of programs that are conceived and thought up by private interests.”

Jul 22, 2015 — Toronto Star

Give CBC the support it needs: Editorial

FRIENDS says the Senate Report is all about paring back both the CBC’s scope and budget, and putting it on a shakier footing.

Jul 20, 2015 — iPolitics

Senate report recommends alternative financing models for CBC by Kyle Duggan

Among the report’s twenty-two recommendations, it suggests the CBC should explore “alternative funding models” and additional ways to generate revenue to “minimize the Corporation’s dependence on government appropriations,” and it calls on the CBC to disclose financial information about contracts and salaries.

Jul 7, 2015 — Comox Valley Record

Federal parties converge to man We Vote CBC booth Saturday

On Saturday, July 11, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (Comox Valley contingent) are bringing three federal parties together to work in a spirit of co-operation, manning our "We Vote CBC" booth.

Jun 4, 2015 — IPpolitics

Harper’s Kingdom: Home of the Whopper by Michael Harris

Columnist says Stephen Harper began the 2015 election campaign with a cascade of factual deficiencies including regarding the CBC.

May 12, 2015 — CHEX TV

City residents rally to make the CBC an election issue by Aileen Doyle

Columnist says Peterborough has been chosen as one of twenty riding’s to join a national campaign to save the CBC.

Apr 30, 2015 — The Guardian

Paul Almond obituary by Brian Winston

Paul Almond was a long-time and strong supporter of the work of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 13, 2015 — ChexTV

Effort to make future of CBC an election item ramping up by Jeanne Pengelly

The local Peterborough chapter of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is ramping up its efforts to put the future of the CBC onto the federal-election agenda.

Apr 11, 2015 — Victoria News

Trudeau discusses CBC's future

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will host the public showing of Justin Trudeau’s webcast interview on the federal Liberal Party’s policies and vision for the CBC on April 15.

Mar 27, 2015 — CBC News

CBC announces cuts to Atlantic region

FRIENDS Steering Committee member says the CBC board should be speaking out, but "the president serves at the pleasure of the prime minister, rather than at the pleasure of the board."

Mar 20, 2015 — Toronto Star

You’ll get more options, but you might not pay less when it’s all said and done, chairman warns by Sadiya Ansari and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS is concerned about the impact pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 20, 2015 — Waterloo Region Record

‘Skinny basic’ cable gets CRTC go-ahead, with $25 cap by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS is concerned that Canadian jobs will be affected with the new "pick and pay" model.

Mar 20, 2015 — Toronto Star

Multicultural shows, $25 starter cable may be biggest changes in TV landscape by Sadiya Ansari

FRIENDS says people will get more choice with "pick and pay", but if Canadians choices aren’t protected, it means there will be less viewing of Canadian programming.

Mar 20, 2015 — St. Catharines Standard

Pick-and-pay cable won't be painless by John Law

FRIENDS says the move to unbundle cable channels and introduce a mandatory basic TV service represents a body blow to Canadian content on TV and will leave consumers expecting a price break disappointed.

Mar 19, 2015 — Toronto Star

Multicultural shows, $25 starter cable may be biggest changes in TV landscape by Sadiya Ansari

FRIENDS is concerned about the effect pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 19, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

CRTC Rolls Dice on the Future of Canadian Broadcasting says Friends

FRIENDS says the CRTC is rolling the dice on the future of an industry that is crucial to Canada’s cultural sovereignty and generates more than $15 billion in revenue and 66,000 jobs.

Mar 13, 2015 — AM 900, CHML HAMILTON

Talking about CanCon on the Bill Kelly Show

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of a CRTC decision to relax Canadian Content requirements on television.  

Mar 12, 2015 — CTV News

CRTC to lower quotas on Canadian content on TV

The country's broadcast regulator is planning to significantly ease rules governing Canadian content on TV -- in hope of boosting the quality of local programming.

Mar 7, 2015 — Edmonton Sun

Free us from the CBC by Lorne Gunter

Columnist takes issue with FRIENDS' goal of making greater funding for the CBC a campaign issue in the upcoming federal election.

Mar 3, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

New local group aims to make CBC funding an issue in federal election by Joelle Kovach

The group is called We Vote CBC - Peterborough, and it is a local offshoot of a national campaign to make CBC funding an issue in the forthcoming federal election.

Mar 2, 2015 — Peterborough Examiner

Make CBC an election issue, group urges

The new group We Vote CBC – Peterborough, formed last year after a visit from FRIENDS.

Feb 27, 2015 — Burnaby Now

Burnaby group hosts webcast event with Elizabeth May

Green party leader Elizabeth May will talk about what she would do with the CBC if she was prime minister at an upcoming Burnaby event, hosted by FRIENDS.

Feb 26, 2015 — Straight.com

Watch the anti-Harper ad CBC refuses to air by Miranda Nelson

FRIENDS says all major Canadian TV networks and station owners—Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers, and Shaw—will not run Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that poked fun at Stephen Harper's "hostile agenda" for the CBC.

Feb 25, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

Television Networks Reject Friends' TV Spots

FRIENDS says the ads the networks do not want Canadians to see are meant to hold the Harper government to account for the damage it has done to public broadcasting in Canada.

Feb 25, 2015 — Huffington Post Canada

Ad Mocking Harper Over CBC Cuts Rejected By All Networks, FCB Says, But..

FRIENDS says no major TV station owners in Canada are willing to run an ad it has produced criticizing the Harper government for its approach to the CBC.

Feb 4, 2015 — Broadcaster Magazine

Friends' Leaders Series about the CBC Kicks off with Opposition Leader

FRIENDS has kicked off its Leaders’ Series about the CBC with a TV interview and video stream with the Honourable Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition and Canada’s New Democrats.

 

Jan 29, 2015 — National Post

‘Pandering to public': CRTC makes way for U.S. Super Bowl ads on Canadian TV, starting in 2017 by Christina Pellegrini

FRIENDS says CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is displaying a lack of leadership by pandering to public opinion and the sentiments of the Harper government while avoiding some very serious problems.