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News Releases — 2004

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Nov 11, 2004 — News Release

CBC President Gets a Passing Grade

FRIENDS gives CBC President Robert Rabinovitch a C- for his performance on a variety of performance measures, including CBC funding, regional programming, Canadian content, and CBC Radio.

Nov 4, 2004 — News Release

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Applauds Prime Minister

FRIENDS commends Prime Minister’s decision to refer the appointment of the next CBC President to the House of Commons Heritage Committee for review.

Sep 23, 2004 — News Release

End Patronage at CBC

FRIENDS releases new research suggesting the vast majority of CBC appointees have been affiliated with the governing political party, urges Prime Minister Paul Martin to end political patronage appointments to CBC.

Jun 20, 2004 — News Release

Tories Grilled on Canadian Broadcasting Policies

FRIENDS urges 7,000 supporters to confront Conservative candidates on broadcasting issues.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Release

Harper Urged To Reconsider Broadcasting Policies

Well-known Canadians join FRIENDS in urging Conservative leader to reconsider broadcasting policies contained in briefing note to Conservative candidates.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Release

Cultural Industries Ask Major Political Parties to Clarify Positions on Culture and Broadcasting

FRIENDS joins cultural coalition to call on political parties to disclose their culture and broadcasting platforms.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Release

Three Canadians Win Dalton Camp Awards

FRIENDS announces the three winners of the 2004 Dalton Camp Award. Formal presentation: Monday, June 14th at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 3, 2004 — News Release

Liberals Silent on Culture and Broadcasting

Liberal party election platform fails to address important culture and broadcasting issues.

May 19, 2004 — News Release

Closer Canada-US Relations Spark CAN-CON Support - survey

FRIENDS' pre-election poll shows strong support for safeguarding Canadian content, culture and identity to balance closer economic integration with the United States.

May 14, 2004 — News Release

Ontarians Say Don’t Sell TVO

A strong majority of Ontario residents want TVO to remain in public hands, according to a new opinion survey commissioned by FRIENDS.

May 13, 2004 — News Release

Canadian Broadcasting Counts with Voters

FRIENDS' pre-election opinion poll shows Canadian voters favour maintaining foreign ownership rules, limiting media concentration, and strengthening CBC.

May 12, 2004 — News Release

Survey on Canadian Media Issues to be Released

FRIENDS to release pre-election poll on media issues Thursday, May 13, 10:45 a.m.

Apr 7, 2004 — News Release

Ottawa Centre Candidates Discuss Foreign Ownership of Canadian Media and Communications

FRIENDS co-sponsors all-candidates meeting in Ottawa Centre to address the mounting pressure on the federal government to remove foreign ownership limits on Canadian media and communications companies.

Mar 29, 2004 — News Release

Don’t Sell Knowledge Network – British Columbians

FRIENDS survey of British Columbians says most oppose the sale of the provincial public educational broadcaster, Knowledge Network.

Mar 16, 2004 — News Release

CBC President Remains Beholden to the Prime Minister

FRIENDS says the Liberal government's changes to the Crown corporation appointments process leave the CBC President at the mercy of the Prime Minister.

Mar 15, 2004 — News Release

Threats to Canadian Control of Media and Communications

FRIENDS public meetings on foreign ownership continue on Tuesday, March 16 in Edmonton.

Mar 9, 2004 — News Release

Canada's sovereignty in danger

Public rallies co-sponsored by FRIENDS, the Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada, the Council of Canadians and ACTRA urge the federal government to maintain current restrictions on communications sector foreign ownership.