CBC's new licences, announced this morning by Canada's broadcast regulator, are the culmination of years of neglect by successive governments and the product of the Harper Conservatives' hostility toward public broadcasting in Canada.
May 27, 2013 — News Release: CBC Licence Renewal — Friends of Canadian Broadcasting available to comment
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment shortly after the release the CRTC decision concerning the renewal of the CBC’s broadcasting licences.
May 23, 2013 — News Release: CBC's independence at risk if Bill C-60 passes as is
Many of Canada's leading authorities and practitioners of journalism are calling for changes to Bill C-60 so that the government's Omnibus Budget legislation does not do irreparable harm to the editorial independence of the CBC.
May 22, 2013 — News Release: Advisory - Remove CBC from Omnibus Bill C-60
On behalf of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Ian Morrison will testify to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance concerning C-60, the Budget Implementation Omnibus Bill that would give the Cabinet new and unprecedented authority over the CBC.
May 8, 2013 — News Release: FREE CBC from political interference
No public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
May 7, 2013 — News Release: Advisory - FREE CBC from political interference
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will be on the Hill tomorrow to give a news conference and brief Parliamentarians concerning the impact on the CBC of Bill C-60.
Apr 30, 2013 — News Release: Conservative Broadcasting Corporation
Newly assembled data from Elections Canada show that more than half of the CBC's directors are or have been financial supporters of the Conservative Party.
Apr 23, 2013 — News Release: Don’t cut TVO: poll
New public opinion research shows that, given the chance, a wide majority (68%) of voters would advise Premier Kathleen Wynne to maintain or increase funding to TVOntario in the upcoming provincial budget.
Apr 22, 2013 — News Release: Looking for a CBC champion in Labrador
FRIENDS has launched a new website encouraging by-election voters to elect a champion of the CBC in Labrador.
Nov 19, 2012 — News Release: CBC plans to go more commercial
FRIENDS says the CBC has presenting a plan for the renewal of its broadcasting licences that will make it less of a public service broadcaster, and less distinctive.
Nov 13, 2012 — News Release: Stars come out for the CBC
Leading personalities from the worlds of Canadian business, literature, music and the arts will speak out about the importance of public broadcasting at a news conference sponsored by FRIENDS.
FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Victoria by-election.
FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Calgary Centre by-election.
Oct 9, 2012 — News Release: NHL lockout just the tip of the iceberg for CBC
The CBC will suffer a devastating financial loss of as much as $200 million annually if it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada in 2014 when its agreement with the NHL expires.
Apr 30, 2012 — News Release: Michaëlle Jean is the People’s Pick for CBC Chair
FRIENDS says the CBC belongs to all Canadians and its leadership positions should be open to the best and brightest citizens, not just those on the government’s patronage pay-off list
Apr 26, 2012 — News Release: FRIENDS launch People’s Pick for CBC Chair
FRIENDS says the antiquated practice of political patronage for appointing the CBC Board and President is in need of reform.
The federal budget singles out the CBC for vindictive cuts that break the Conservative’s election promise to maintain or increase funding to the national public broadcaster.
Mar 23, 2012 — News Release: Nanos poll shows Canadians want CBC promise kept
A new Nanos survey has found a majority of Canadians support or somewhat support the position staked out by Heritage Minister James Moore one day after the election that the Conservative government will maintain or increase CBC funding.
Mar 16, 2012 — News Release: BCE acquisition of Astral raises concerns
FRIENDS says BCE Inc.'s bid to purchase Astral Media, the largest media merger in Canadian history, raises concerns about market domination.
According to a new opinion survey, 77% of Canadians see domestic media companies as too important for cultural and security reasons to allow them to be controlled by foreign interests.