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Apr 30, 2015 — News Article

Paul Almond obituary by Brian Winston

Paul Almond was a long-time and strong supporter of the work of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Apr 17, 2015 — News Article

CBC program Q aimed at U.S. youth while most Canadians given a back seat by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says Q producers are much more attuned to coming up with entertainment and youth-oriented program ideas rather than off the beat Canadian ones.

Apr 15, 2015 — Blog Post

FRIENDS’ Leaders Series about the CBC with Justin Trudeau

You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Trudeau here.

Learn more about the Leaders Series here.

Apr 15, 2015 — News Release

Justin Trudeau talks CBC during Friends’ Leaders Series

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s Leaders Series about the CBC concludes this evening with the webcast of interviews with Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Apr 15, 2015 — News Article

Does a media elite exist in Canada or not? by John Doyle

Columnist says the matter of a “media elite” in Canada isn’t about politics or brazen partisanship, but about influence, connections, money and secrecy.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

CanCon is up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle by Kerrie-Ann Bernard

Columnist says the CBC hit is lauded as Canadian, yet there is little Canadianness about it.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

CBC ‘handcuffs’ itself with decision to air Rogers’ NHL playoff games by David Shoalts

Columnist says the impact of CBC’s decision to allow for-profit Rogers Communications to broadcast NHL games for free on the public network could hit CBC’s bottom line hard over the next two and a half months thanks to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Apr 13, 2015 — News Article

Effort to make future of CBC an election item ramping up by Jeanne Pengelly

The local Peterborough chapter of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is ramping up its efforts to put the future of the CBC onto the federal-election agenda.

Apr 11, 2015 — News Article

Trudeau discusses CBC's future

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting will host the public showing of Justin Trudeau’s webcast interview on the federal Liberal Party’s policies and vision for the CBC on April 15.

Apr 10, 2015 — Blog Post

Justin Trudeau talks CBC

Don Newman will once again be in the interviewer’s chair when Justin Trudeau sits down for the third installment of the Leaders Series about the CBC!

Don, the former senior parliamentary editor for CBC Television and host of the daily politics program CBC News: Politics, will quiz Mr. Trudeau about where the Liberal Party stands on the future of our national public broadcaster, the CBC.

Learn more about the Leaders Series about the CBC

Apr 2, 2015 — News Article

Note from CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix: Update on the board, budget and the Way Forward

Memo sent by CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix bringing staff up to date on all the changes that are happening (including layoffs), singing the praises of the public broadcaster, and explaining the massive challenges that remain.

Apr 2, 2015 — News Article

Nenshi urges CBC to reconsider Calgary's cuts

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says cuts are a breach of CBC’s mandate.

Apr 1, 2015 — News Article

Channel survivor: What will the dial look like in a pick-and-pay world? by James Bradshaw

Columnist says in a pick-and-pay world, TV channels will have to fight to attract viewers’ attention and some won’t make it and will be kicked off the dial.

Mar 27, 2015 — News Article

CBC announces cuts to Atlantic region

FRIENDS Steering Committee member says the CBC board should be speaking out, but "the president serves at the pleasure of the prime minister, rather than at the pleasure of the board."

Mar 27, 2015 — News Article

CBC cuts 244 jobs as part of plan to eliminate 1,500 positions by Simon Houpt

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced Thursday that it is cutting another 244 jobs over the next six months to save $15-million annually, as part of its five-year plan to eliminate up to 1,500 positions by 2020.

Mar 27, 2015 — News Article

Change: the one constant in the media industry by Hubert T. Lacroix

CBC President says the public broadcaster's new local plan reduces the cost of service and starts to reshape it for how media is being, and will be, consumed in the future.

Mar 26, 2015 — News Article

CBC eliminates 144 more jobs in new round of cuts by Robin Levinson King

Positions in the West were cut the deepest, with 37 cut from Alberta and 25 from British Columbia. Ontario will lose 30 positions.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

It’s Friday–so kick back and watch the CRTC by Katherine Dunn

The CRTC unveils new restrictions on charges for bundled TV packages.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

The pros and cons of CRTC's ‘pick and pay’ cable rules

Consumers who have long bemoaned bloated cable packages may well embrace the new model, but some have suggested that unbundling TV channels could ultimately hurt the industry, and the consumer.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Pick-and-pay TV: Consumer choice, but at what cost?

Tech analyst says the CRTC's decision to allow "pick-and-pay" might be too little too late as the market continues its headlong rush towards purely online alternatives.