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.
On Aug 19, FRIENDS volunteers were out in full force at a Liberal Party rally in Edmonton Centre.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Press Conference on Parliament Hill, May 22, 2014
The Conservative Party of Canada accuses CBC of bias in an email fundraising campaign.
Chart showing decline in total grant and operating grant from Parliament to CBC from 1990/91 to 2014/15, indexed by Prime Minister and adjusted to 2014 dollars.
Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed.
Correspondence from the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet acknowledging FRIENDS' petition that the Governor in Council refer the portion of the CRTC's recent licensing decision of CBC/SRC relating to advertising on Radio 2/Espace Musique back to the CRTC for reconsideration and hearing.
FRIENDS' submission to Mr. Joseph A. Day concerning the government’s Omnibus Budget legislation, Bill C-60.
A concordance of policy recommendations by FRIENDS to the CRTC on the commission's review of CBC's broadcast licences.
A letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by sixteen eminent Canadians from the worlds of journalism and academia expresses deep concern that “Bill C-60 would undermine the arms-length relationship between the CBC, our national public broadcaster, and the federal government.”
Legal opinion on proposed amendments set out in Bill C-60 that affect the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Annotated version of Bill C-60 with sections related to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation highlighted.
Twitter exchange between CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge and Globe & Mail Senior Media Writer Simon Houpt.
FRIENDS was on Parliament Hill to present a copy of the FREE CBC petition signatures (collected by FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs) to members of the government and opposition parties and to hold a press conference.
Lots of focus on the CBC in QP yesterday, including a couple of questions from Mulcair, plus a new Hall of Shame addition (see Jack Harris question to Chris Alexander).
The Main Estimates released this week by the Treasury Board confirm our assumption that the CBC's allocation for 2013/14 would be consistent with the announced cuts of March 2012.
Recorded during the federal Liberal leadership race, Justin Trudeau says he is a “huge believer in making sure we have strong, stable, recurring long-term funding for the CBC”.
Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber's Private Members' bill to impose new disclosure requirements on the CBC/SRC is up for debate in the House of Commons.
Leading personalities from the worlds of Canadian business, literature, music and the arts speak out about the importance of public broadcasting at a news conference in Toronto.
Response from the CRTC to FRIENDS' recommendation that the commission examine the importance of hockey rights to the overall CBC English Television commercial revenue model.
In a letter to a constituent, Tom Lukiwski, a Conservative MP for Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre, writes that the CBC is a "money pit, rife with bureaucracy and waste".
Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper with the results of the People's Pick for CBC Chair, an online vote sponsored by FRIENDS to underscore the need to end the practice of appointing CBC’s leadership through political patronage.
Dalton McGuinty's last budget used soothing language, but the intent was clear: TVO and the quality programs it produces are coming under the knife of funding cuts.
Local organizers of a group called Reimagine CBC had planned to drop off a petition opposing any cuts to the CBC at the riding office of Heritage Minister James Moore.