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News Releases — 2008

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Nov 13, 2008 — News Release

Ad campaign reminds Conservative delegates of culture power

FRIENDS ad campaign delivers message to Conservative Party convention delegates that strengthening Canada's cultural sovereignty, as previous Conservative governments have done, could boost Stephen Harper's political fortunes.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Release

CRTC stands up for viewers against big cable

FRIENDS says the CRTC has rejected most of the cable industry's demands for greater powers to decide what's on TV in a decision that protects viewers and Canadian programming

Oct 28, 2008 — News Release

CRTC decision on cable de-regulation - October 30th

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment immediately following the release of a CRTC decision on the possible de-regulation of the cable industry.

Oct 8, 2008 — News Release

National Ad Campaign - Vote to keep our media Canadian

A national advertising campaign starting today urges voters to support candidates who are in favour of maintaining domestic ownership and control of Canadian broadcasting and communications companies.

Oct 1, 2008 — News Release

Canadians think CBC is a good investment. What does Prime Minister Harper think?

According to a Nanos survey, nearly two-thirds of Canadian voters (63%) think the government's investment in CBC is a good use of taxpayers dollars.

Sep 15, 2008 — News Release

Mr. Harper, is CBC a good or bad use of tax dollars?

In light of controversial comments and a provocative fundraising letter from his party, FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should tell Canadians where he stands on the CBC.

Jun 5, 2008 — News Release

Dalton Camp Awards presented

Matthieu Aikins of Halifax and Fraser MacLean from Langley, BC win the Dalton Camp Award - an essay writing contest on the links between democratic values and the quality of media in Canada.

Jun 4, 2008 — News Release

CBC is Losing its Way

FRIENDS says more foreign programming on CBC English TV defies CRTC licence expectations and confirms that CBC has lost touch with its public broadcasting purpose.

May 30, 2008 — News Release

Winners of the 2008 Dalton Camp Award to be announced

Winners of the 2008 Dalton Camp Award will be announced on June 5th at the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Release

Cable de-regulation anti-consumer and anti-Canadian

FRIENDS says Canadians will pay more for less choice in Canadian TV if cable monopoly demands for all out de-regulation of TV distribution are granted.

Apr 7, 2008 — News Release

Trust in Ottawa to protect Canada on TV would be shattered by cable de-regulation

New survey shows Canadians regard the CRTC and the federal government as guardians of Canadian culture on TV, but don't trust that de-regulated cable and satellite companies would promote and deliver Canadian content on the small screen.

Mar 7, 2008 — News Release

British Columbians more likely to vote to keep our media Canadian

Survey has strong message for Vancouver Quadra candidates: residents of BC are more likely than other Canadians to vote for a candidate who rejects permitting foreign corporations to control Canadian media companies.

Mar 6, 2008 — News Release

Corner Gas star to address Vancouver Quadra candidates meeting

Gabrielle Miller will be attending and speaking at the Vancouver Quadra candidates meeting on Canadian culture and broadcasting on Friday, March 7 at the UBC campus.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Release

Conservative agenda would damage CBC

FRIENDS says a Conservative minority report on future of the CBC would expand the gap between the national public broadcaster's mandate and the resources available to meet it.