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.
Eight of the ten 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.
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.
During a public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications Conservative Senator Stephen Greene blurted out a blueprint for the re-structuring of the CBC.
FRIENDS welcomes this announcement. By a wide margin, Canadians like public broadcasting, and they know that CBC/SRC’s recent crisis reflects the damage that Stephen Harper’s government has done to public broadcasting through breaking its 2011 election promise to maintain or increase funding to CBC. Thomas Mulcair’s announcement reflects an awareness of this reality, and will go a long way to help restore our public broadcaster’s capacity. Addressing the cancer of partisan political appointments of Tory stalwarts to CBC’s Board is also a prudent and much-needed reform. Without editorial independence from political interference, our public broadcaster would otherwise drift in the direction of a state broadcaster à la Radio Moscow.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met with Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, yesterday to discuss the importance of the CBC and to brief her on FRIENDS’ pre-election strategy in swing ridings.
In a letter to the editor submitteed to the Montreal Gazette, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison clarifies that Friend of Canadian Broadcasting is not affiliated with "I Love CBC".
Last night at the Whitby Yacht Club candidates for three of the four political parties with House of Commons representation spoke to a packed public forum.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to a Globe and Mail editorial claiming that the CRTC needs to start thinking outside the "idiot box" if it wants to play a meaningful role in Canadians’ lives.
Prime Minister Harper addresses the Conservative Party caucus and says his government would “oppose any tax on services like Netflix and YouTube.”
Briefing Note: Local TV, Canadian programming at risk in CRTC review – Rid CBC English TV of advertising
Local TV stations across the land, especially in smaller markets, will shut down and investment in Canadian programs will plummet if Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, adopts rule changes it has broached in its review of TV policy.