FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-. The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants.
NDP MP and leadership hopeful Charlie Angus took a briefing on FRIENDS’ priorities in Ottawa last week.
FRIENDS has a long and beneficial working relationship with Charlie, which started when he was appointed the NDP Heritage critic soon after he was first elected in 2004.
If he becomes leader, Charlie plans to do a fundamental review to re-focus the CBC on its public broadcasting mandate, especially how it serves local audiences.
FRIENDS has invited all of the candidates for the NDP leadership to receive a briefing about our priorities. To date, Charlie and Guy Caron have accepted.
FRIENDS Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, recent met NDP leadership candidate and MP Guy Caron to discuss solutions to the crisis faced by Canadian media outlets and journalism.
FRIENDS has asked all four of the NDP leadership candidates for a chance to brief them about the significant consequences of the failing Canadian media sector for damage to our democracy.
Today the Trudeau government announced how it will keep its promise to ensure that future appointments to CBC’s Board – including its President and CEO – are made independently from partisan patronage as well as merit-based. Here is the Globe and Mail coverage.
On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media. Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.
In response to FRIENDS’ January 20, 2017 submission asking the CRA’s views as to whether section 19.1 of the Income Tax Act applies to deny expenses incurred by taxpayers to advertise on foreign internet websites, the Agency responded on May 25, 2017 that an amendment to the law would be necessary in order to apply the rules in section 19.1 to advertising on foreign internet websites.
Briefing note from FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the implications of the 2017 Federal Budget on media, cultural sovereignty and democratic participation.
Seven of the nine current members of the CBC Board of Directors - all of whom were appointed by Prime Minister Harper - are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.
FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met Prime Minister Trudeau to thank him for re-investing in CBC and urge him to act on his promise to reform CBC’s governance so that it is merit-based and independent.
FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.
The full 56 min event can be viewed here
FRIENDS has commissioned a legal opinion from two experts in broadcasting and media law, Peter H. Miller and Brian MacLeod Rogers on options for how the Liberal government's commitment might be achieved.
Tony Clement floats ditching the CBC grant at the Manning Centre conference in a session called "If I Run, Here’s How I’d Do It.”
CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais comments on FRIENDS' suggestion that an additional 1% BDU contribution may be needed to keep independent local stations in small communities on the air and his concern that the CRTC might be blamed for increasing the cost of television services.
FRIENDS says that without action from Canada's broadcast regulator, the future of local TV looks bleak.
Summary of Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts by Nordicity and Peter H. Miller.
FRIENDS' spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to Richard Stursberg's claim that classical music, dance and other arts programming on CBC “muddies its brand.”
Contact information for the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors and other key individuals.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced an NDP government will invest in high quality Canadian content and put Canada’s national broadcaster on a secure, long-term footing.
Transcript from an Interview with Dominic Maurais, Radio X, Montmagny, QC where Stephen Harper claims there have been no cuts to CBC.
The Liberal Party of Canada has made an important announcement regarding commitments to CBC and Canadian culture.
Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, says a Liberal government will reinvest in our cultural and creative industries, to create jobs, grow the economy and middle class, and strengthen our rich Canadian identity.
The Green Party of Canada pledges to reverse CBC-Radio Canada funding cuts in its election platform.
His worship Mayor Dennis O’Keefe joins hands with Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in support of the CBC on the occasion of the placing of the 800th We Vote CBC! campaign lawn sign in Victoria.
Elizabeth May, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau have given clear public commitments for restored financial support, editorial independence and governance reform for the CBC.
You can view all of the Leaders Series videos in English and French here.
Stephen Harper and Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu did not respond to our invitation to outline their vision for CBC.
You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Trudeau here.
In a briefing note to supporters, FRIENDS says a major outcome of the CRTC's decisions on Canadian content and unbundling will be less of Canada on Canadian television.
You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Ms. May here.
You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Mulcair here.