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News Releases — 2006

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Nov 30, 2006 — News Release

CBC local plan overdue - but will it die on the vine?

FRIENDS says specifics of new CBC plan for local news raise serious questions, and predicts the plan may not survive the appointment of a new CBC president.

Nov 21, 2006 — News Release

Prime Minister should be first to testify about CBC

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should testify before the Heritage Committee's review of CBC's mandate so he can explain his position on the future of Canada's public broadcaster.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Release

New technologies eroding Canadian TV funding

FRIENDS predicts funding for Canadian programming will erode without a level playing field that ensures all those who deliver programming play by the same rules.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Release

Viewing of Foreign Shows on CBC-TV hits new high

FRIENDS says that the record level of foreign shows on CBC-TV is more evidence that CBC needs direction from Parliament and Canadians to return to its public broadcasting mandate.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Release

CBC-TV heading backwards on Cancon

FRIENDS says that a mandate review is needed to put CBC back on track

Jun 27, 2006 — News Release

This is a test

Jun 21, 2006 — News Release

CBC mandate lost in rush for ads and eyeballs

FRIENDS says the current senior management of CBC values ad revenue and audience rating points more than serving Canadians and this is having a huge impact on the kinds of programs CBC TV is presenting.

Jun 20, 2006 — News Release

CBC bumps The National for US reality TV Show

FRIENDS shocked and surprised by CBC's decision to bump The National from its usual time slot to make way for a simulcast American reality show.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Release

Conservative hidden agenda for CBC

FRIENDS issues statement following the failure of Heritage Minister Bev Oda to announce a mandate review of CBC.

Jun 1, 2006 — News Release

2006 Dalton Camp Award winners focus on press freedom

The winners of the 2006 Dalton Camp Award are both from Western Canada and freedom of the press is the theme common to both winning essays.

May 25, 2006 — News Release

Winners of the 2006 Dalton Camp Award to be announced

FRIENDS to announce the winners of the 2006 Dalton Camp Award on June 1 at the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

May 15, 2006 — News Release

New content providers should support Canadian music

FRIENDS says new platforms for delivering music to consumers should be required to contribute financially to the development of Canadian musical content and talent, and that contributions made by the profitable private radio industry should rise.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Release

Civil society organizations promote five priorities for new parliament

FRIENDS joins Council of Canadians and other groups to strengthen support for Canadian culture, calls on new Conservative government to fund CBC's local/regional programming plan.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Release

Canadian taxpayers fund Hollywood buying spree

FRIENDS says public funding of Canadian content on private broadcasters helps finance spending spree on Hollywood fare; notes that spending by Canada’s private broadcasters on Canadian drama programs has decreased over the last three years, while spending on American drama has never been higher.

Feb 17, 2006 — News Release

CBC Drops the Drama Ball - Management must be held accountable

FRIENDS and ACTRA decry CBC's dismal performance in presenting Canadian drama series during prime time and call for CBC management to be held to account.