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News Releases — 2012

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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

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.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Release

Vindictive cuts break CBC promise and target Canadian culture

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.

Feb 13, 2012 — News Release

Poll finds Canadian media too important to allow foreign control

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.

Feb 1, 2012 — News Release

Hamilton residents want their own CBC station

A substantial majority of Hamilton area residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs, and support the Conservative's pre-election pledge to maintain or increase CBC funding.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Release

London residents want their own CBC station

A wide majority  of London residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs and most hope their MP would champion the new station or not oppose it.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Release

Kamloops area residents want their own CBC station

A substantial majority of Kamloops area residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs and three-quarters hope their MP would champion a new station or not oppose it.

Jan 19, 2012 — News Release

Waterloo region residents want their own CBC station

A new opinion survey shows a substantial majority (68%) of Waterloo region residents would like CBC to establish a local radio station to cover community affairs and most (73%) hope their MP would champion the new station or not oppose it.