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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 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 14, 2017 — News Article

Press Release: “CONTINUITY – FAIRNESS – SUPPORT”

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. 

Jun 20, 2017 — News Article

The Minister of Canadian Heritage Announces the Creation of an Independent Committee to Recommend Qualified Candidates for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

Jun 20, 2017 — Blog Post

Good news on CBC governance reform

Today the Trudeau government announced how it will keep its promise to ensure that future appointments to CBC’s Board – including its President and CEO – are made independently from partisan patronage as well as merit-based. Here is the Globe and Mail coverage.

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.

Feb 22, 2017 — Blog Post

Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met Prime Minister Trudeau to thank him for re-investing in CBC and urge him to act on his promise to reform CBC’s governance so that it is merit-based and independent.

Nov 14, 2016 — Policy Brief

Précis: Miller-Rogers Opinion on Options for a Merit-based CBC Board of Directors Appointment Process

This précis has been prepared for readers’ convenience by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, not by Peter Miller/Brian MacLoed Rogers. 

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 6, 2016 — Blog Post

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding merit­‐based and independent appointments to CBC's Board

FRIENDS has commissioned a legal opinion from two experts in broadcasting and media law, Peter H. Miller and Brian MacLeod Rogers on options for how the Liberal government's commitment might be achieved.

Jun 21, 2016 — Campaign

Reform the Board

For too long, friends and supporters of the government-in-power have been appointed to oversee and govern our CBC. Stephen Harper abused this power to an unprecedented extent. Today, 8 of 10 members of the CBC Board are or have been donors to the Conservative Party. Harper has ensured his hostile agenda will live on by appointing some Board members to serve until 2020, the year after the next election. 

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO HELP GET POLITICS OUT OF CBC GOVERNANCE.

Jun 21, 2016 — News Release

Reform CBC’s Board

As the CBC’s Board of Directors meets in Ottawa today, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is launching a new Reform the Board social media campaign calling for the CBC’s existing Board to be replaced. 

May 28, 2016 — Ad Campaign

Prime Minister Trudeau on the CBC

Social media video urging Prime Minister Trudeau to keep his promise to ensure merit-based and independent appointments to CBC’s Board.

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May 16, 2016 — News Article

CBC's failure of governance hurts us all by Tony Manera

Former Senior Vice-President at CBC says that despite the partial restoration of its budget by the federal government, CBC governance needs a major overhaul. 

Nov 1, 2015 — News Article

Independent journalism and the future of the CBC

Al Jazeera's The Listening Post's Flo Phillips reports on the future of the CBC.

Oct 30, 2015 — News Article

Unions call on CBC president and board to step down

The two main unions representing CBC workers are demanding that president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and the board of directors step down for failing to defend public broadcasting.

Sep 22, 2015 — News Article

INVESTING IN CANADIAN CULTURE AND MIDDLE CLASS JOBS

The Liberal Party party promises it will reinvest in Canada's cultural and creative industries.

Sep 12, 2015 — News Article

Leaders’ Tour - September 22, 2015 – Justin Trudeau – Montreal

While campaigning in Montreal, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau outlines the Liberal's plan to reinvest in the cultural and creative industries. View the press conference.

Jul 20, 2015 — News Release

Harper blueprint embedded in Senate CBC report

The Senate Transport and Communication Committee’s report on the challenges facing the CBC would fundamentally change the national public broadcaster for the worse, according to the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.