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Jun 15, 2017 — News Release

FRIENDS supports Heritage Committee’s local media prescription

The 20 recommendations proposed by the House of Commons Heritage Committee to rescue struggling Canadian news are a recipe for success according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 12, 2017 — Opinion Poll

Nanos Research: Trust in news sources and opinions on the CBC

Public opinion research shows that the majority of Canadians care or somewhat care about the decline in the ranks of journalists in Canada, and want the government to take action on the issue.

Jun 12, 2017 — News Release

Nanos Poll: Feds should protect local news and CBC’s independence

A new Nanos poll reveals Canadians place high value on local news, are concerned about the decline of journalism in Canada and want the federal government to actively support local news.

Jun 8, 2017 — News Article

Cord Cutters Growing in Canada, Thanks to Alternative Video Services: Report

According to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Television/Internet Provider Customer Satisfaction Study released today, more than 1 in 4 subscribers in Canada are considering cutting their TV cords as alternative video services continue to grow, with Netflix being the most popular platform.

Jun 8, 2017 — News Article

Here's My Canada: Make a short video about the country and enter to win up to $10,000

To mark the country's sesquicentennial, Historica Canada has launched the Here's My Canada contest, inviting Canadians of all ages to submit 30-second videos sharing what the country means to them.

Jun 7, 2017 — News Article

Singular sensation by Johanna Schneller

As the clone-happy series Orphan Black wraps, Johanna Schneller reports on how its success blew open the doors for well-written, genre-mashing Canadian co-productions – the dawn of a ‘Maple Golden Age’

Jun 5, 2017 — News Article

We need to address the growing divide between Canadians who live in urban areas and in rural areas, or risk the political disconnect facing the United States.

Columnist says the growing urban/rural divide in Canada could lead to similar, equally divisive realignments in our politics, too and the oversized cultural and media influence of our major cities undoubtedly exacerbates this possibility.

May 29, 2017 — Blog Post

Seminar: The Rise of Interactive Media

On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media.  Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.

May 26, 2017 — News Article

What happens when we starve our artists by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the digital distribution of music is not fairly compensating the people who create it, and continual touring cannot make up the difference.

May 20, 2017 — News Article

Appalling ignorance on display in appropriation debate by Doug Cuthand

Writer says this episode with the media was just one more example of the complete ignorance to Indigeneous culture and attitude of white privilege that permeates the Canadian media.

May 20, 2017 — News Article

What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate by Andrew Russel

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boils over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

May 19, 2017 — News Article

Why Letterkenny is a gift to Canadian TV by Kevin Tierney

Letterkenny, CraveTV’s first original series, has been the breakout hit of Canadian television.

May 17, 2017 — News Article

Cultural appropriation suppresses minority voices: Opinion by Navneet Alang

Columnist says in Canada, a white mainstream not only takes precedence, but too often actively dismisses the concerns of racial minorities and First Nations peoples.

May 16, 2017 — News Article

Writers Guild of Canada: CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster by Greg David

In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.

Apr 25, 2017 — News Article

Net neutrality isn’t a substitute for a cultural policy by Shane Dingman

Columnist says Joly seems aware of the contradiction of mandating Canadian content rules for domestic services but praising the exploitation of a free and open Canadian Internet for foreign cultural products.

Apr 25, 2017 — News Article

Why the fuss about funding We Are Canada? It’s just tedious TV by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.

Apr 25, 2017 — News Article

Why the Telefilm debate is a red herring by Kate Taylor

As Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly prepares the culture file for its digital future, some observers wonder if a splashy new Crown corporation will be her legacy.

Apr 5, 2017 — News Article

Canadian music needs ongoing support by Charles Gordon

Columnist says government funding of the arts, while it is improving, is nowhere near where it should be. 

Apr 3, 2017 — News Article

Updating Cancon rules for Internet age comes with political baggage by Kate Taylor

Columnist asks whether there’s any reason Ottawa could not request or require that Netflix include Canadian suggestions for Canadian subscribers – in the same way that Ottawa requires traditional broadcasters to devote a certain part of the programming day to Canadian shows.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.