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Jun 2, 2017 — News Article

For CBC fans, TV history is just out of reach by Kate Taylor

La famille Plouffe, Canada’s first téléroman, is one of the early documents in the history of Quebec’s distinctive popular culture.

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

CBC News’ Jennifer McGuire tells us what to expect on the new The National by H.G. Watson

J-Source speaks with Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, about what The National will look like when it reboots this fall, what will happen with Ladurantaye and how CBC is trying to become a more equitable workplace.

May 24, 2017 — Opinion Poll

Opinions of Canadians and Conservative Party members on the CBC

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting commissioned Mainstreet Research to survey members of the Conservative Party who are currently voting to elect the next leader of their party.  At the same time, FRIENDS commissioned Nanos Research to ask a representative sample of Canadians the same questions.

May 24, 2017 — News Release

Bashing the CBC no recipe for Tory growth

A new set of polls demonstrates that while CBC bashing may be good politics for those vying to lead the federal Conservative Party, this approach will be counter-productive if not dialed back once a new leader seeks support from the general public. 

May 24, 2017 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada: les conservateurs en rupture avec la population canadienne - Philippe Papineau

Reporter sheds light on the results of two surveys ordered by FRIENDS that reveal a great gap between the views on public broadcasting held by actual members of the Conservative Party and those of the rest of the Canadian population. 

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 17, 2017 — News Article

Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap by Ben Rayner

The managing editor of CBC’s The National has become the third professional casualty amidst lingering fallout from a series of controversial remarks last week about cultural appropriation.

May 4, 2017 — News Article

Brad Trost's Bill To Privatize CBC Fails Spectacularly By Vote Of 260-6 by Ryan Maloney

A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump by Mythili Sampathkumar

Both houses of congress are expected to vote on the spending bill to keep the government funded for the current fiscal year this week before it goes to Mr Trump for his signature.

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

CBC Bet $80 Million On The Olympics And Lost

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says that he government could replace the CRTC's role and the CBC board of directors with a Public Broadcasting Commission.

Apr 18, 2017 — News Article

The Todd Veinotte Show

In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.

© The Todd Veinotte Show

Apr 5, 2017 — News Article

When the CBC broadcasts history, politics is sure to follow by Konrad Yakabuski

Since the 2015 disbanding of the CBC’s in-house documentary unit, headed by the visionary Mark Starowicz, the public broadcaster has farmed out such programming to independent production companies. 

Apr 5, 2017 — News Article

Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer. by Stanley McChrystal

Columnist says having thoughtful television, games and other media that is not commercially driven is essential to good parenting.

Mar 27, 2017 — News Article

Peter Mansbridge: Debating his legacy by Charmaine Millaire

Columnist examines what exactly Peter Mansbridge’s legacy is and how he will be regarded after his departure from The National.

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.

Mar 15, 2017 — News Article

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments by Sopan Deb

President Trump also proposes scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.