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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 — Blog Post

Briefing Charlie Angus

NDP MP and leadership hopeful Charlie Angus took a briefing on FRIENDS’ priorities in Ottawa last week.

FRIENDS has a long and beneficial working relationship with Charlie, which started when he was appointed the NDP Heritage critic soon after he was first elected in 2004.

If he becomes leader, Charlie plans to do a fundamental review to re-focus the CBC on its public broadcasting mandate, especially how it serves local audiences.

FRIENDS has invited all of the candidates for the NDP leadership to receive a briefing about our priorities.  To date, Charlie and Guy Caron have accepted.

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.

Aug 23, 2017 — News Article

What CBC Radio Gets Right by Siobhan Özege

Columnist says not everything outside current affairs is frivolous or misguided - stories bring us together, too.

Aug 18, 2017 — News Article

Cancon television regulations need updating in the age of streaming by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has now reset the clock on a major decision for Liberal appointee Ian Scott, who starts as CRTC Chairman in September.

Aug 16, 2017 — News Article


CBC releases it's Fall 2017 broadcasting lineup.

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

The Herald strike is over. Now the hard part begins by Stephen Kimber

At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

CBC’s downsizing sets stage for growing ad agency Bensimon Byrne by Wallace Immen

CBC has sold at least nine of its former buildings in cities including Halifax and Windsor, shedding about 400,000 square feet, or 10 per cent, of the corporation’s overall space. Those facilities were moved to smaller leased spaces.

Aug 10, 2017 — News Article

CBC Comedy is the worst crime against humour this country has ever committed by Tristin Hopper

Columnist says CBC Comedy’s social media accounts are embarrassingly devoid of attention.

Aug 9, 2017 — News Article

End of an era for Laurie Brown and CBC Radio 2's The Signal by T’Cha Dunlevy

As host of CBC Radio 2’s dreamy late-night music show The Signal, Laurie Brown has been telling stories and playing songs that drift through the Canadian ether from 10 to midnight, six nights a week.

Aug 3, 2017 — News Article

It's going to take more than new anchors to fix the drifting CBC by Michael Harris

Columnist says the only thing that can fix the public broadcaster at this stage is a lot of “For Sale” signs, massive creativity and engagement from independent producers, and emptying CBC Headquarters.

Aug 1, 2017 — News Article

The National names 4 new hosts following retirement of Peter Mansbridge

The new hosts are senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, current Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, CBC Vancouver anchor Andrew Chang and longtime CBC News Network host Ian Hanomansing. 

Jul 31, 2017 — News Article

The CRTC has renewed CBC’s television and radio licenses to just Aug. 31, 2019

The commission says with the term of current CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix set to end in December, and a number of positions on the CBC board of directors vacant, the decision will allow the new president and board to have a material impact on the CBC’s licence renewal plans.