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Feb 27, 2015 — News Release

Elizabeth May talks CBC during Friends’ Leaders Series

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’ Leaders Series about the CBC continues with the webcast of interviews with Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Feb 25, 2015 — News Release

Forbidden Ad: Networks reject Friends’ TV spots

All the major Canadian TV network and station owners: Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers and Shaw have refused to air Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that satirize Stephen Harper for his hostile agenda towards the CBC.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Release

Mulcair first up for Friends’ Leaders Series about the CBC

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting announced today that the Honourable Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition and Canada’s New Democrats, will kick off Friends’ Leaders’ Series about the CBC.

Sep 10, 2014 — News Release

Local broadcasting the focus of attention at CRTC TV hearing today

Concern about the future of local TV will be front and centre at the CRTC hearing on the future of TV with the release  of a Nanos opinion survey of residents in five swing ridings.  

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 5, 2014 — News Release

Nanos survey finds Canadians skeptical about CRTC TV proposals

On the eve of a CRTC hearing that could result in the gutting of Canada’s TV rules, a new Nanos survey finds the sweeping changes up for consideration are on shaky ground with Canadians.

Aug 25, 2014 — News Release

"Whopper" goes national

FRIENDS launches radio ad campaign featuring the actual voice of a Winnipeg Conservative MP declaring that the Harper government has NOT cut the CBC’s budget.

Jun 26, 2014 — News Release

CBC plan abandons Canadians

CBC’s plan to privilege digital and mobile delivery over its radio and television broadcast platforms is a retreat driven by the federal government’s deep budget cuts that will leave the national public broadcaster smaller and weaker.

May 22, 2014 — News Release

CBC’s ‘conversation’ manipulative - Campaign launched to stop the cuts

CBC executives have already decided on a new round of service cuts even before their manipulative consultation with Canadians has concluded, according to the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 9, 2014 — News Release

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting available to comment following CBC’s town hall

Ian Morrison will provide media comment following tomorrow’s announcement about CBC’s financial situation.

Apr 2, 2014 — News Release

Don’t harm TVO and TFO: Nanos poll

According to a new poll, a strong majority of Ontario voters believe Premier Wynne should keep the promise of long term funding for TVO and TFO made by her predecessor, and seven-in-ten favour maintaining or increasing funding for the provincial public broadcasters.

Mar 28, 2014 — News Release

2014 Dalton Camp Award winners announced

Randy Morse of Kaslo, British Columbia has won the $10,000 first prize in this year’s Dalton Camp Award for his essay on the dearth of news media in small town Canada and what can be done about it.

Oct 16, 2013 — News Release

Pick and pay invites more consumer fleecing

Judging by the sky-high rate increases big cable has imposed since price de-regulation, consumers will likely feel pain in the pocketbook if unbundling of cable TV packages is announced in today’s Throne Speech.

Jul 22, 2013 — News Release

News Conference Advisory

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will preview the ad campaign and release details of a new Nanos poll at a news conference this morning.

Jul 22, 2013 — News Release

CBC rejects ads that challenge Harper’s media muzzling

The CBC has refused to air television ads that challenge the Conservative government's takeover of the national public broadcaster.

May 28, 2013 — News Release

Ads on CBC Radio a serious blow to public broadcasting in Canada

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. 

Nov 9, 2012 — News Release

Victoria candidates to discuss the future of public broadcasting

FRIENDS will host a forum on the future of public broadcasting in Canada for candidates in the Victoria by-election.

Nov 9, 2012 — News Release

Calgary Centre candidates to discuss the future of public broadcasting

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