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Blog Posts — 2006

Nov 30, 2006 — Blog Post

Advertisement: Defending Canada’s cultural sovereignty is good politics

FRIENDS advertisement placed in the delegates' program for the Liberal Party leadership convention, November 30 - December 3, 2006.

Nov 27, 2006 — Blog Post

Supporter response to CBC President editorial

Citizen joins FRIENDS in response to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch's editorial in the National Post "A CBC contract with Canadians."

Sep 7, 2006 — Blog Post

Rabinovitch Performance Up-date (2004/06) A Failing Grade

CBC President Rabinovitch gets a failing grade in a performance review of senior CBC management done for Friends Steering Committee.

Jul 24, 2006 — Blog Post

Bumping of The National by an American reality show - response from CBC staff and board members

Various form responses from CBC staff and Board members to Friends' supporters who communicated concerns over the pre-emption of The National this summer by an American reality show.

Jul 5, 2006 — Blog Post

Former Liberal cabinet minister supports a CBC mandate review

Hon. Andy Scott urges the Minister of Canadian Heritage to initiate the planned review of the CBC, despite intervention by the Prime Minister's office.

Jul 1, 2006 — Blog Post

Bumping of The National by an American reality show - Friends' supporter response

A Friends' supporter refutes the form response by a CBC board member regarding the pre-emption of The National by an American reality show.

Jun 26, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Globe & Mail re: CBC's mandate review

FRIENDS responds to a letter by CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Jun 23, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Globe & Mail re: CBC's Canadian content

FRIENDS responds to a letter by the executive vice-president, CBC English Television noting that Canadian content in primetime has averaged 68% since his arrival.

Jun 22, 2006 — Blog Post

Liberal leadership candidates speak out on Canadian culture and broadcasting

FRIENDS asked each of the eleven candidates seeking leadership of Liberal Party for their views on four key Canadian broadcasting and cultural issues.

Mar 29, 2006 — Blog Post

Investment in Canadian and Foreign Programming (including Drama) by Private Conventional Broadcasters, 1994-2005

Charts showing annual investment by private conventional broadcasters in Canadian and foreign programming between 1994-2005, adjusted to 2005 dollars.

Feb 21, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to Toronto Star columnist regarding CBC drama performance

FRIENDS responds to column questioning the accuracy of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV.

Feb 20, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to Globe & Mail columnist regarding CBC drama performance

FRIENDS responds to column questioning the veracity of data on the number of hours of prime time drama aired by CBC in comparison to CTV.

Feb 10, 2006 — Blog Post

Where do the Conservatives stand on Public Broadcasting and Cultural Sovereignty?

Post-election briefing note to FRIENDS supporters concludes there is a huge and troubling gap between the 2006 policy statements of Stephen Harper's Conservatives and their past comments on public broadcasting and cultural sovereignty, and suggests a hidden agenda.

Feb 10, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Ottawa Sun re: CBC

FRIENDS responds to article criticizing CBC spending, notes that editorial independence from government and elected officials must be maintained to distinguish CBC as a public rather than a state broadcaster.

Jan 23, 2006 — Blog Post

Election 2006 - Party Policies

Responses from major federal political parties to letter requesting their official policies on FRIENDS' four election priority issues.

Jan 23, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of Le Devoir

FRIENDS tells Le Devoir it would oppose any attempt by a prime minister to remove the President of CBC; this would render CBC a state rather than a public broadcaster.