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Dec 7, 2017 — News Article

CBC, media producers, actors call for internet and Netflix tax — again by Emily Jackson

Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.

Dec 5, 2017 — News Article

Canada's CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service to Rival Netflix by Etan Vlessing

The public broadcaster has launched an over-the-top video service, allowing Canadians to live-stream 'Schitt's Creek' and other original series on digital devices.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

New journalism award responds to TRC call to action

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 1, 2017 — Policy Brief

CRTC call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that it is only fair that foreign internet media contribute to Canadian content.  

Nov 29, 2017 — News Article

BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios to Combine Into Single Commercial Entity by Georg Szalai

U.K. public broadcaster BBC says it will merge BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide to form a single commercial operation that will be called BBC Studios.

Nov 10, 2017 — News Article

Revamped The National is a harebrained muddle by John Doyle

Columnist says none of the on-air talent's strength is being used in the new version of CBC's The National.

Nov 7, 2017 — News Article

The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one? by Janice Neil

Columnist says creating a cast of anchors at CBC exponentially expands the possibilities of its news media brand.

Oct 27, 2017 — News Article

Canadian television pioneer 'Your pet Juliette' dies at 91 in Vancouver

Cavazzi, born in St. Vital, Man., headlined the wholesome CBC musical variety program “The Juliette Show” for 10 years beginning in 1956, where she was introduced at the top of each episode as “your pet, Juliette.”

Oct 24, 2017 — News Article

We need a ‘Joly’ tax to put Canadian TV on equal footing by Barry Kiefl

The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

Netflix Is Just Part One Of Melanie Joly's Vision For Canadian Content by Tim Southam

Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-.  The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants. 

Sep 27, 2017 — News Article

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources by Catherine Cullen

Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming.

Sep 25, 2017 — News Article

Rick Mercer announces end of ‘Mercer Report’ after 15 seasons on CBC by Bill Brioux

The show will return to CBC on Tuesday night for its final season. Mercer, who turns 48 next month, says the timing for right to retire the show.

Sep 18, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada hosts Annual Public Meeting

CBC's Daniel Bouchard and Wendy Mesley will co-emcee CBC/Radio-Canada's Annual Public Meeting on September 26 from 1-2:00 p.m. PT.

Sep 15, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada Annual Public Meeting 2017 - No Filters. A Conversation about Credibility, Media and the Future of Public Broadcasting

Featuring a panel of journalists, the public broadcaster says the event is an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation on the importance of public broadcasting in today's environment.

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article


A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 12, 2017 — News Article

Funding public service media: time for a new approach

Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada says there are few things more important to the public broadcaster than its funding and its independence.

Sep 11, 2017 — News Article


CBC will end the collection of both profit participation and retransmission royalties on all projects pre-licensed by CBC from Canadian independent producers, regardless of CBC's level of investment.