May 27, 2013 — News Article: A Word from Our Sponsor by Jane Mayer
Columnist examines how journalist independence is impacted when networks need to please their sponsors.
May 22, 2013 — News Release: Advisory - Remove CBC from Omnibus Bill C-60
On behalf of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Ian Morrison will testify to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance concerning C-60, the Budget Implementation Omnibus Bill that would give the Cabinet new and unprecedented authority over the CBC.
May 21, 2013 — Blog Post: Bill C-60 - Relevant Extracts
Annotated version of Bill C-60 with sections related to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation highlighted.
May 15, 2013 — News Article: CBC’s Audience Crisis: CBC TV Audience is Down 40%, Lowest in History by Barry Kiefl
Researcher says the CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels.
May 15, 2013 — News Article: CBC keeps Kitchener radio costs secret by Jeff Outhit
Columnist says the taxpayer-funded CBC is keeping secret the cost of its new local radio station, while it spars with private stations that are upset to be competing with the public purse.
May 14, 2013 — News Article: 9(1)(h) COMMENTARY: Maybe the CRTC should impose a penetration rate based card on the whole industry by Greg O'Brien
Writer says big BDUs often treat independent broadcasters like unworthy annoyances, and not the partners they are.
Former Conservative MP Peter Penashue blames CBC News reports on his spending for having defined him very negatively.
May 10, 2013 — News Article: CBC: The Conservative Broadcast Corporation by Jamie Biggar, Ian Morrison and Angus Wong
FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs say that no public broadcaster anywhere in the free world faces the degree of political interference as that proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
Q host Jian Ghomeshi says the CBC is not in crisis and that CBC holds the largest audience share in the country.
Twitter exchange between CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge and Globe & Mail Senior Media Writer Simon Houpt.
FRIENDS was on Parliament Hill to present a copy of the FREE CBC petition signatures (collected by FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs) to members of the government and opposition parties and to hold a press conference.
FRIENDS was on Parliament Hill to present a copy of the FREE CBC petition signatures to members of the government and opposition parties and to hold a press conference.
May 8, 2013 — News Article: Advocacy group, unions protest proposed labour requirements for crown corporations
FRIENDS delivers a petition on the Parliament Hill signed by more than 100,000 Canadians.
May 8, 2013 — News Article: Critics fear Tories’ changes to collective bargaining at Crown corporations will threaten CBC independence by Joanna Smith
Columnist says groups, such as FRIENDS, who are worried that government involvement in labour negotiations at Crown corporations will threaten the independence of the CBC are stepping up efforts to persuade the Conservatives to reconsider.
May 8, 2013 — News Release: FREE CBC from political interference
No public broadcaster in any free and democratic country anywhere in the world faces political interference with its editorial independence as proposed for the CBC in Bill C-60.
May 8, 2013 — News Article: CBC supporters rally in Ottawa against government interference by Jessica Hume
FRIENDS says the independence of CBC is under attack as the government proposes to bring union contracts of Crown corporations under Treasury Board control.
FRIENDS says that with ultimate control of the salaries and working conditions of all CBC employees in the hands of the government, as proposed in Bill C-60, the CBC would have to contend with the perception that its editorial decisions may be politically motivated.
May 7, 2013 — News Release: Advisory - FREE CBC from political interference
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will be on the Hill tomorrow to give a news conference and brief Parliamentarians concerning the impact on the CBC of Bill C-60.
May 7, 2013 — Blog Post: CBC debated at Question Period
Lots of focus on the CBC in QP yesterday, including a couple of questions from Mulcair, plus a new Hall of Shame addition (see Jack Harris question to Chris Alexander).
Columnist suggests that a vast, disengaged population represents a crisis more authentic than the matter of ad dollars and hockey on CBC.